Our staff members are here to make the entire Admissions process as easy as possible.

Sean MacPhersonMel Walker
Vice President for Enrollment & External Relations

Mel is a BBC ('76 B.R.E.) and BBS ('96, M.Min.) graduate who has a deep love for BBC and for students. He is an author, speaker, teacher, veteran ministry and church leader, and president of Vision For Youth, an international network for youth ministry. Mel and his wife, Peggy, are the parents of three grown children—all of whom are BBC graduates: Kristi ('00), a missionary in Germany; Todd ('03), a Vision For Youth missionary; and Travis ('04), a youth pastor in Indiana. The couple is active in Heritage Baptist Church in Clarks Summit, PA where Mel leads the college-age young adult ministry.

Sean MacPhersonSean MacPherson
Director of Enrollment

Sean MacPherson was born in Wilmington, DE and is a 1996 graduate of BBC. He and his wife Meredith have three children: Carlee, 8; Conner, 5; and Cassie, 2. Most recently, Sean served as a youth pastor at Grace Bible Church in Chattanooga, TN. He joined the Admissions team at BBC because he believes strongly in BBC’s mission to prepare young people for ministry. In his spare time, he enjoys his family and taking in a game. His hobbies include golf, hunting, fishing, and anything else outdoors. Sean’s favorite scripture passage is 2 Chronicles 16:9a: “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

Drew WhippleStephen Bair
Assistant Director of Enrollment - Graduate and Online Studies

Interacting with the students and staff of BBC&S is a highlight of working on the Admissions team for Stephen. Originally from Mechanicsburg, PA, he and his wife Jill now live in the Scranton area. He is an avid bowler of 22 years, and also serves as an instructor for the Health & Physical Education program’s Bowling class.

Renee BarrowsArrianna Behboudi
Admissions Counselor

Arrianna is originally from West Palm Beach, Fl. She came to BBC as a student- transfer from Word of Life, and is enjoying the change of scenery from Florida to Pennsylvania. She loves ministering to the students she serves as an Admissions Counselor. Seeing God's hand in the lives of students and watching Him provide is a highlight of her job.

Renee BarrowsJeff Butler
Admissions Counselor

Jeff is originally from Emlenton, PA and is the oldest of two siblings. He is 2013 graduate with a great love for BBC. As a Counseling major he enjoys working in Admissions because it gives him the opportunity to help students find out who God has made them to be, and to discover the educational path He has for them.

Renee BarrowsJared Hawn
Supervisor Support Services

Jared is originally from Massachusetts and is the youngest of four. He values clear communication and good customer service and enjoys using his skills in those areas as he interacts with prospective students. He enjoys running, international cuisine, history and worldview studies, and music. Rather than a singular favored passage of scripture, Jared says, “I enjoy every aspect of Scripture’s grand meta-narrative, from Genesis to Revelation, as it paints a glorious picture of God’s perfect plan to bring glory to Himself through the unmerited redemption of His creation through Christ’s all-sufficient sacrifice.”

Geoff EllsworthCharity Smith
Admissions Counselor

Charity grew up in Lake Ariell, PA, a little sister to two older brothers. Before joing the Admissions team she was finishing up her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at BBC. She enjoys working with rest of the team, interacting with current students, and encouraging prospective students in their walk with Christ. Some things she like doing outside of work are running, hiking, kayaking and cooking. A favorite scripture passage for Charity is Psalm 139.

Geoff EllsworthGeoff Ellsworth
Admissions Representative

Geoff was born in Scranton, PA, but spent most of his life in Southern California. He and his wife Susan have two children—Connor and BayLynn. Geoff has served as a youth pastor and as a worship and arts pastor for the last 16 years in two churches in Southern California. He loves loves spending time with his family, riding motorcycles or bicycles, and playing soccer, tennis or basketball. His passions are the local church and development of spiritual leaders.A favorite verses, and one he considers to be the most radical verse for us in all of Scripture is Proverbs 3:5, 6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."

Jake WaltonJake Walton
Admissions Representative

Originally from Meadville, PA , Jake is a graduate of BBC’s Specialized Ministries program. As a member of the Admissions team he loves to travel and meet new people. He enjoys building relationships and challenging people to surrender their lives for the cause of Christ. One of Jake’s favorite scripture passages is Philippians 1:21 which reads “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”