Meet the Team

Nathan Cost

Nathan Cost

Director of Admissions
Office: (678) 547-6451
Email: cost_na@mercer.edu

MTS ’17, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
BA, History and Education, Lipscomb University

Nathan joined the team in 2017 after finishing his theological education at Candler School of Theology, where he also worked in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for three years.  In undergrad, Nathan double majored in history and education and taught for six years before going back to school.  As a student and teacher, he’s traveled extensively and benefited greatly from the hospitality of neighbors and strangers around the world.  For Nathan, admissions is the perfect opportunity to combine both of his passions for hospitality and education that he’s developed throughout his life.  Outside of admissions, Nathan loves playing basketball, searching for the best tacos on Buford Highway, and hanging out with his dog, Haystack.  He’s the very proud uncle of seven nieces and nephews.

Karen PareyKaren A. Parey

Admissions Counselor
Office: (678) 547-6052
Email: parey_ka@mercer.edu

MDiv ’17, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
BA, Religion and Psychology, Wake Forest University

Karen Parey is the Admissions Counselor for McAfee. Before joining McAfee, she went to Candler School of Theology and worked with the Office of Student Programming (OSP) in many different roles. Through the OSP, she found her passion for working with students and helping them navigate their paths in their educational endeavors. She is interested in helping students achieve a balance that helps them thrive in all aspects of their lives and believes that the best place to begin this is in the Admissions process. She is married to Stephen and life is never dull with their two lively cats Basil and Sage. She is often found with a cup a tea in hand and a friend nearby chatting for hours. Calling Atlanta home for the last 20 years, she is excited to be back in her old neighborhood working with prospective and incoming students at McAfee.

Marie MathieuMarie Mathieu

Enrollment Associate
Office: (678) 547-6052
Email: mathieu_mc@mercer.edu

Marie is the Enrollment Associate for McAfee. She joined Mercer University in 2017 with extensive administrative and admissions experience. She believes there is a call to ministry in every job, and particularly within an educational environment. Love, commitment, and dedication are very much a part of her approach in serving God and others. She is grateful to be part of the Bear family as an employee, but also as a student pursuing a degree in Health Informatics.

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Marie is the aunt of ten lovely nephews and nieces and the godmother of two beautiful girls. She enjoys reading the Bible, listening to music, exploring nature, exploring the Atlanta farmers markets, cooking, eating (spicy food), traveling, dancing, swimming, and Zumba.

Graduate Assistants

Bekah Rhea, 3rd Year MDiv, Community Development

Bekah is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a bachelor’s degree in theater and a degree in world religions. She has a passion for developing creative methods and practices for sustainable long-term ministry, and being a part of bringing glimpses of God’s kingdom to Earth. Between classes, she works as a freelance writer, poet and advocate for the disability community. After seminary, Bekah hopes to serve as an outreach coordinator and consultant for churches and nonprofits as they seek to partner constructively with their communities.

David Shaw, 2nd Year MDiv, Pastoral Care

David is a graduate of Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Pre-Chaplaincy. His ultimate desire is to be able to counsel others and lead them in seeing how the Holy Spirit is working in their lives.  His future goal is to be a chaplain, serving others either in a hospital setting or in the military. His focus at McAfee is Pastoral Care as he prepares to minister to people from all regions of the world and all walks of life.

Amy Hayes, 1st Year MDiv

A graduate of UGA, Amy  began her seminary journey after 10 years in full-time Christian ministry. She’s an accomplished writer and budding public speaker, passionate about imparting a love of mystery, a discipline of curiosity, and a delight in connection through both the written and spoken word. At McAfee, Amy most enjoys spiritual formation and ethics. When Amy is not studying or hanging out with friends, you can find her practicing yoga and crafting.

Daniel Youmans, 1st Year MDiv

Daniel is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in public relations and worked for the UGA Wesley Foundation for two years. After moving to Atlanta and spending five years in the public sector, he decided to pursue theology  and a career toward deeper ministry. Daniel is passionate about ministering to young adults and families and in bringing reconciliation among the church and the LGBTQ+ community. After seminary, he hopes to continue his work both in the church and nonprofit arenas.