Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions walks with students from the beginning of their admissions process into their first position after graduation. You will receive advising, support, vocational counseling, spiritual mentoring, and a friendly welcome from the Admissions team.

The Office of Admissions will provide resources and support in many aspects of your SFTS journey, including:

  • Discerning your call and planning for your career in a church, non-profit, or chaplaincy setting;
  • Considering adjustments to your academic program, such as change in degree or student status;
  • Applying for a new or additional degree or certificate program;
  • How to navigate the application process at SFTS;
  • Synchronizing coursework and field education with ordination or certification processes; and
  • Preparing to graduate and seeking a ministry position.

Once you enter the final year of your academic program, please schedule a time to meet with the Admissions team, so that together we can plan for your transition into your first call, residency program, or other ministry or service position. You will also want to stay in touch with the Admissions team after graduating to learn about additional resources and opportunities available to you in your ministry field.

Meet the Enrollment Team!

Dr. David “Dave” Behrs, VP of Enrollment Management, Interim Director of Alumni Relations | 415.451.2802 | toll free 800.447.8820 x802
Thinking about applying? Check out my helpful hints on navigating the admissions process!

Rev. Ellen Baxter, Director of Admissions | 415.451.2832 | toll free 800.447.8820 x832

Kristin Dableo-Martel, Asst. Director of Admissions | 415.451.2831 | toll free 800.447.8820 x831

Rev. Ineda Adesanya, MA, MDiv, DASD, Recruitment Ambassador – NorCal | 415.451.2887 | toll free 800.447.8820 x887

Rev. Richard Poole, Recruitment Ambassador – SoCal | toll free 800.447.8820 x130

Rev. Linda Stewart-Kalen, Recruitment Ambassador – Pacific Northwest | 503.233.4201

Rev. Ellen Baxter (MDiv 2006)
Director of Admissions
800.447.8820, ext 832

Tips on Navigating the Admissions Process

Tips on the SFTS Application Process

The seminary application process can be a stressful learning experience, and often applicants learn as they go. Staying positive and maintaining calm allows you to be reflective and thoughtful in your discernment.

Some Myths About Applying to Seminary

At SFTS, there are a variety of vocations that our alumni/ae may pursue. Alumni/ae entering fields that are not typical ministry settings still seek to use their contexts for ministry. Social justice ministries, spiritual direction for non-profit agencies, spiritual and crisis counseling to name a few.