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New Students

Mrs. Mary Chasteen has recently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies program.  Her undergraduate degree was from Ball State University in Indiana, and her Masters of Theology was earned from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.  Additionally, she has studied at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

Dr. Christine Dietz has entered the Doctor of Ministry in Jewish Spiritual Direction degree program.  Dr. Dietz received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa.  Her Ph.D. in Sociology is from State University of New York.

Ms. Gwendolyn Jones has entered the Ph.D. program.  Ms. Jones received an undergraduate degree from National University and a M.E.d. in School Nurse Education from Cambridge College, Cambridge.  She also earned a Master of Health Administration from Capella University and is currently a District School Nurse.

Ms. Bridgette Okafor is studying in the Doctor of Education program with the GTF.  She received an undergraduate degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in education (special education) from New Jersey City University.  She is now employed as a special needs teacher.

Rev. Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Okoye has entered the Doctor of Mediation program with the GTF.  Rev. Okoye received two undergraduate degrees from St. Joseph Major Seminary in Nigeria, and his Master of Arts degree was earned from Loyola University in Columbia, Maryland.  He is currently an associate pastor.

Rev. Steven Shima has been accepted into the Doctor of Psychology degree program.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Theology/Psychology from Trinity University in Illinois and a Master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University where he also studied at the doctoral level.  At present, he is employed as a psychotherapist at a hospital.

Ms. Elizabeth Staal has enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Tribunal Studies program.  She received her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University, School of Theology and Ministry.  Ms. Staal is a Pastoral Assistant in her parish where she is involved with pastoral care and marriage preparation.

Rev. Dr. Earl Stewart received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the GTF and is now returning for his Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology.  His Master of Divinity was earned at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  One of his past positions was as Senior Staff Chaplain at a major hospital.

Applicants who signed the privacy statement on their application form and were subsequently accepted to the GTF are excluded from lists of newly accepted students released each month.