Student Life Staff

Student Life is here to provide you with connections, resources, and support to help you flourish and succeed during Seminary.

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I am passionate about how the educational experience is not only about equipping people for ministry but formational to shift, form, and deepen a person’s trajectory toward loving God and loving others. I love a good cup of coffee with friends or a fascinating book, taking my dog for walks, playing with my nephews, running, camping, watching great movies and finding a killer deal at a thrift store!

My role is to lead the Student Life team and come alongside students as they journey through all that life brings during their Denver Seminary journey. Our office can be the starting place if you experience anything that is impeding your ability to focus on school (eg. family challenges, mental and medical health concerns, relational conflicts, etc.). Our office is also the point of contact for disability services, student rights, and matters related to Title IX. Feel free to reach out if there is any way we can support you!


My role at the Seminary is to create experiences outside of the classroom where students can engage in meaningful conversations and continue growing as whole persons. I love theological education and the unique opportunities it affords to face challenges, see the realities of yourself, and ultimately encounter the love of Jesus. I am a trained Spiritual Director and enjoy learning about how we work as humans and grow through relationships. I'm always up for a deep conversation or book club, but also crave a good game of ping-pong! On weekends, you might find me on a long walk or eating guacamole--two of my most favorite pastimes.

As Associate Director, I oversee our Student Leadership program, New Student Orientation, and other initiatives created to help you feel valued and challenged and enable you to become an integral part of our community.


Kristy McGarvey

M.A., Intercultural Studies, M.Div.

Dean of Students


Tessa Thompson

M.A. Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

Associate Director of Student Engagement

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Here at the Seminary, I serve students by walking with them through challenges they may encounter both in and out of the classroom that impact their Seminary experience. I work closely with the Dean of Students to support students with a variety of concerns (social, emotional, professional, academic, etc.) by offering encouragement and understanding and connecting them with resources so they have a positive and successful educational journey.


As a recent graduate of Denver Seminary's Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's program, I am excited to bring students hope from the other side! I am passionate about helping people believe in their own value and strengths, and I love finding ways to relate to people's stories. I am most frequently found engrossed in a video game, playing Dungeons and Dragons with my husband and friends, or cuddling with my dogs and cat.

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I serve as the administrative support for the Dean of Students, work alongside the Associate Director of Student Engagement on event planning and implementation, and the point of contact for Campus News and our Student Life website. I am a recent graduate from Denver Seminary with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health, so I can not only prove to you that you can finish but that you can also get a job when you are done! I am excited to be here because I get to work with a great team and support Denver Seminary’s mission.

I’m always up for an art exhibition, a thought-provoking film, and a deep conversation. Now that I am done with school, my weekends are filled with hiking, grilling, and hanging out with good friends. Feel free to reach out, I would love to connect with you more!

Arielle Sigler

M.A.,Clinical Mental Health

Student Care Specialist

Gabriel Pfeiffer

M.A.,Clinical Mental Health, LPCC

Student Life Coordinator