Meet our Faculty and Staff
Beth Bennet, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Beth Zucconi was born to a family of school teachers in the foothills of the Pennsylvania mountains near the town of Shippensburg. From both of her parents she was taught a love of God, a love of the Church, and the joys of learning new things. From a father of Italian-American heritage came an appreciation for travel, good stories, pasta, and other intriguing foods. From a Swiss-German mother came a love of order, attention to detail, and hearty work. This blend of attributes coalesced merrily in the academic world, where each became useful in crafting a life far different than practiced in the Cumberland Valley.
Beth received her Bachelors of Science in chemistry from Shippensburg University. She then moved to the University of Maryland Baltimore where she received a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while working in the lab of Dr. Gerald Wilson. The emphasis of her research was mRNA stability and the biophysics of RNA-protein interactions. After graduating, Beth worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Phil Cole, first at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, and then at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. There, her research interests have been in epigenetic pharmacology primarily involving acetyltransferase enzymes.
Beth tries to show love to those around her wherever she finds herself. In graduate school she was deeply involved in a student-led initiative to feed the homeless in Baltimore City. As a post-doc she was involved in international scholar fellowships both in Baltimore and Boston. In 2017, Beth married David Bennett III. They live together in the city of Boston with their toddler son.
Lisa Covington, MS, MS
Chief Academic Officer
Lisa Covington has a diverse educational and occupational background. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sociology, a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Technical Studies (Adult Education), with concentrations in Psychology, Business and Industry Training, and College Instruction, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a management concentration. Her research interests included psychopathology, empathic development, domestic violence/trauma, and criminology. She has 17 years of experience in higher education, having served as a professor, in institutional effectiveness, in accreditation efforts, and in administration. Her professional passions in instruction involve appealing to various student learning styles and facilitating professional development to help colleagues generate ideas for application-oriented instruction. Additionally, she is an entrepreneur, and prior to transitioning into higher education, she worked as an administrative manager in health care and in manufacturing.
Lisa and her husband, Garry, reside in Alton, Virginia, and have one son, Cameron, a cybersecurity professional in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is a Christian, saved by grace through faith, and loves her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In addition to her family, her personal passions include lifting praises in song to God, her Silky Terrier - Bella, reading, music, blogging, and photography.
Susan Deal, MM
Susan Deal’s role as Admissions Coordinator at Sattler is a career shift after serving in music ministry for 30 years in Baptist churches in Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. Her relatively new career allows her to exercise her passions for organization and collaboration. Susan holds a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Bachelor of Music Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
In addition to her work at Sattler, Susan has recently become a facilitator for a new initiative designed to help ministers flourish in ministry. As part of the Thriving in Ministry grant initiative, Susan helps guide a cohort of church musicians with the purpose of creating a network that equips participants to be mentors and mentored.
Susan and her husband, Tommy, live in Palmyra, Virginia, near Charlottesville. They moved there recently to be near their children and grandchildren. Their oldest son, Ragan, his wife, Jessica and their son, Thomas, live in Richmond, Virginia. William and his wife, Mary Kate live in Lynchburg, Virginia, with their twin daughters Dorothy and Adeline. In addition to spending time with her family, Susan accompanies for the local high school chorus and Charlottesville’s community youth chorus and sings in her church choir. Her other interests are golf, boating, hiking, and exploring historic landmarks.
Director of Student Services
Education and a calling to Christian service have been part of David Eicher’s life for as long as he can remember. He graduated from Allegheny Wesleyan College in 2009 with a BA in Pastoral Ministries. After graduating, he taught middle school for a total of nine years while also running an educational consulting business that helped small private religious schools throughout the United States and Canada develop intervention programs to identify and remediate children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. He is currently in a Master’s program at the University of Mount Union for a M.Ed in Educational Leadership. Coming to Sattler has been a long-time dream for David, and he is thrilled to be part of the team here.
David, his wife Treva, and his son Pascal moved from rural southeastern Ohio to urban Boston, and they absolutely love it here in this busy, fascinating, fun city. They love visiting the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Aquarium, riding the Charlestown ferry, and experiencing the incredibly diverse culture here. David’s hobbies include collecting and playing strategy board games. He has over 200 of them! He also loves singing, theology, and puns.
David has two roles at Sattler: Director of Student Services and Registrar. His job is to keep track of all the student records and documentation, oversee the work program, and develop class schedules that work for everyone. The most important part of his job is to support the success of every student by helping them get access to the resources that they need.
Zack Johnson, MPP
Mr. Johnson holds a Master in Public Policy concentrating in International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Management. Mr. Johnson worked for the Air Force as a congressional analyst before receiving an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector. He also spent time in Mozambique working in development and disaster relief.
Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador and has a passion for Christianity and the international realm. His interests include models of world change, travel, and languages. He developed an allegiance to the historic Christian faith while studying the Bible through Greek and finding a faithful church community. His graduate study research focused on developing recommendations for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of International Affairs on partner collaboration platforms where he received a certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision-Making from the Kennedy School. During his undergraduate studies, he also minored in Portuguese and spent time studying in Portugal.
Matthew Kauffman is currently enrolled in an MBA program with a concentration in Accounting with the Suffolk University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a focus on Linguistics from Excelsior College. He has taught Articulatory Phonetics in both collegiate and private classes. Matthew has spent extensive time overseas working with the linguistic analysis of various unwritten languages of Tanzania, East Africa. He directed the translation of two books of the Bible into one of these vernaculars after developing its orthography. While Bible translation has been his primary passion, accounting has been the trade that has kept food on his family’s table. He has worked in accounting capacities for small businesses for most of the last 20 years. QuickBooks and financial reporting have become almost second nature in his work environment.
Matthew recently relocated his family to Canton, Ohio, where they are participating in a new church plant endeavor. He loves doing exegetical study of the Bible and sharing its riches with those around him. He married Melissa in 2010 and they have been blessed with five beautiful children.
Finny Kuruvilla, MD, PhD
Board of Trustees, Professor
Dr. Kuruvilla holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a
Dr. Kuruvilla has been a practicing Christian for many years. He has a keen interest in biblical interpretation and church history, for the purpose of fostering a strong and vibrant church today. His interests include ante-Nicene Christianity, Reformation and Anabaptist history, and the Great Awakenings of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. He is the author of King Jesus Claims His Church.
Andrew Lamicela, MA
Instructor of Biblical Greek
Andrew was born in New York City, and grew up in Lancaster County, PA. He was homeschooled all the way through highschool, and completed his BA in Liberal Arts in 2013. He completed an MA in Linguistics through SIL International's program at the University of North Dakota in 2020, and is currently working toward an MA in the Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Andrew began studying Koine Greek at a young age, and soon developed a passion for the language. He is especially interested in applying concepts from the field of linguistics in order to better understand Greek.
Andrew is a member of Charity Christian Fellowship, in Leola, PA. Besides Greek and linguistics, he loves classical and choral music. He enjoys singing in choirs and small groups whenever he has the opportunity.
Paul Lamicela, PhD
Paul Lamicela received his PhD in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (where he also earned his MDiv). His dissertation was on 2 Peter's use of the Old Testament under Thomas R. Schreiner. Dr. Lamicela's academic emphasis is in NT use of the OT, approaches to biblical hermeneutics, and the relationship between OT and NT more broadly. He is also interested in literary approaches to the Bible, and in the study of historical and cultural backgrounds.
For the past several years, Dr. Lamicela has taught classes in PA on "Understanding the Biblical Storyline." He is passionate about helping people encounter the truth, goodness, and beauty of Scripture’s grand story.
Dr. Lamicela is a very happy husband to Laura, and a member of Charity Christian Fellowship in Leola, PA. He and Laura love to travel and to cook and taste foods from around the world.
Director of Admissions
Austin Lapp graduated with honors from Sattler College as part of the inaugural class of 2022. He earned a BA in Biblical and Religious Studies along with a minor in Business. While studying at Sattler he worked part time as a certified instructor teaching English to immigrants at The Bridge English Training Center. He also served as Assistant Director at the Bridge for two and half years overseeing the English program and providing training to incoming teachers.
Austin is a disciple of Jesus learning how to follow Him in the city of Boston where he lives with his wife of five years, Su, and their two children, Emerson and Elise. His family delights in nature, loves urban living, and cannot imagine their lives without Christian community. They long to see communities of faithful disciples of Jesus grounded in the Word, filled with the Holy Spirit, and living out the new humanity as whole, healthy individuals.
Hans Leaman, JD, PhD
Academic Dean, Assistant Professor of History
Hans Leaman received his A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. from Yale University’s History Department and Renaissance Studies Program. He comes most recently from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, where he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Ethics, Law & Politics Department. He also taught for two years at Yale University as Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities, developing interdisciplinary courses on refugee studies, religion and human rights, and the history of educational thought. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he practiced law with an international firm in Washington, D.C.
Hans is especially interested in the role that religion plays in the community-formation and integration of immigrant groups. He has examined courts’ construal of religious persecution and religious freedom in refugee law and human rights law, and he wrote his dissertation on consolation literature that Reformation-era Lutheran and Anabaptist pastors wrote to encourage their confessional brethren when they faced exile on account of religious non-conformity. As an attorney, he also worked pro bono on behalf of contemporary refugees and asylum-seekers in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut. He grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is always grateful to return for the fresh produce, hymn sings, and sunsets over the farmland.
Director of Student Life
Kristi Mast graduated from Sattler College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Religious Studies. She was honored to be a graduating member of Sattler's inaugural class in 2022. Before her time at Sattler, she completed a two-year program of study at Faith Builder's Educational Programs in Guys Mills, PA. A year of teaching high school in a small private school and her experience serving in a variety of formal and informal discipleship capacities has prepared her well for her position as Director of Student Life at Sattler. She is also in the process of publishing a woman's Bible study that began as her capstone project at Sattler College.
Kristi's interest in relational discipleship began in high school when she personally experienced the transformational power of one-on-one discipleship through a rocky season of grief and upheaval. The desire to give others the same kind of formation she received led her to Biblical studies as a reliable foundation for spiritual formation. Kristi enjoys few things more than equipping women to study the Scriptures and seeing the spark of recognition when they encounter the living Word through the written. She also loves slow mornings in the kitchen, al fresco dinners with friends, and exploring ideas through books and conversation.
Jonathan McLatchie, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Jonathan McLatchie is a Christian writer, international speaker and debater. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in forensic biology, a Masters (M.Res) degree in evolutionary biology, a second Master's degree in medical and molecular bioscience, and a PhD in evolutionary biology. Jonathan is a contributor to various apologetics websites, including CrossExamined.org, the Christian Apologetics Alliance, and AnsweringMuslims.com. He is also a contributor at Evolution News & Science Today, the official blog of the Discovery Institute. He is the founder of the Apologetics Academy (Apologetics-Academy.org), a ministry that seeks to equip and train Christians to persuasively defend the faith through regular online webinars, as well as assist Christians who are wrestling with doubts. Jonathan has also been interviewed on podcasts and radio shows including "Unbelievable?" on Premier Christian Radio, “Line of Fire” radio, "the one minute apologist", and many others. He has also been a featured guest multiple times on ABN Sat’s Trinity channel discussing issues pertinent to science and faith, as well as Islam and Christianity. Jonathan has participated in more than thirty moderated debates around the world with representatives of atheism, Islam, and other alternative worldview perspectives. Jonathan has spoken internationally in Europe, North America and South Africa promoting an intelligent, reflective and evidence-based Christian faith.
Michael Miller, JD
Mr. Miller earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Bible and Biblical Languages from Bob Jones University. After graduation, he continued to study Koine Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic in seminary. As an attorney, he practiced general business law, including contracts, franchising, and corporate governance. In addition to his law practice, he taught business law, corporate ethics and health care law in an MBA program and continues to lecture on media law and legal issues in ministry. He most recently served as assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Bob Jones University, assisting with the university’s successful efforts to achieve regional accreditation, and concurrently served as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, overseeing institutional compliance with federal civil rights laws and supervising a team of civil rights investigators.
Mr. Miller was converted as a teenager. Being biblically illiterate, he hungered to learn the Word of God, which led him to study Bible in college. He still enjoys nothing more than studying the Scriptures in their original languages and sharing with others the simple but life-altering truths of the Bible. This led him to teach in a Christian prison ministry for six years. Insatiably curious and an avid reader, he tackles everything from genetics to poverty to nonresistance to
Harrison Miller, MA
Director of Operations and Administrative Faculty in Communications
Harrison Miller completed his Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Bob Jones University, where he also earned a BA in the Humanities. His work and study center on the artistic expression of marginal communities. For his Master’s thesis, Harrison directed a production of the Greek tragedy Philoctetes and led a discussion forum after each performance addressing the themes of chronic pain and illness in the community. He hopes to continue making theatre that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. Theatre, for him, is the intersection of his faith and practice – the perfect place from which to proclaim the Hope of the Nations.
Harrison came to Christ out of his own affliction. Having tried to live out the Christian life on his own, his failures and frustrations followed him incessantly. Finally, in college, he accepted Christ as the only Savior in his life. Since then, he has trusted in God to lead him in His perfect will, from changing his major, to pursuing his Master’s degree, to leading the youth ministry at his church, and now to Sattler College to do the work of training up Christian leaders.
William Oliver, DM
Professor of Business
Dr. Oliver holds a master’s from MIT and a Doctor of Management from Case Western. He taught in the undergraduate and master’s programs at Brandeis, UMass Amherst, Tufts, Gordon College, and UC Irvine. Dr. Oliver has founded four companies and invested as a partner in a venture capital firm. He has consulted to senior leadership of big business, working with Bain & Company and KPMG. In addition, he has consulted to government agencies, bringing the benefit of commercial-sector experience in outsourcing, business process improvement and using data to improve management decision making. He has served as CFO of three companies and on the boards of three commercial companies and four non-profits.
Dr. Oliver was raised in a Christian family and committed his life to the Lord while in college. He has held many teaching and leadership roles in the Church. He attends Grace Chapel, where he heads a program for special needs adults which he started 10 years ago. Dr. Oliver lives in Bedford, MA with his wife, Heather. They have three adult daughters. He serves as the Treasurer of L’Arche Boston North, a mission-focused community where people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them live together as a family and a sign of hope to the greater community. He also volunteers with Special Olympics and an adaptive ski program. He even hand-made a wooden kayak.
Darren Penn, PhD
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Darren Penn holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in English literature and creative writing from Brandeis University. Before joining Sattler, he taught in the Writing Program at Boston University. His teaching experience includes courses on Modernist literature; American poetry from 1900-1950; Twentieth-Century poetry; resistance and rebellion rhetoric; and Holocaust literature. His research interests focus on poetry and poetics, modernist poetry, lyric theory, critical theory, and Latin-American literature. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the poetry of Wallace Stevens.
Jesse Scheumann, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies
Jesse Scheumann holds a PhD with a specialization in Hebrew from the University of the Free State in South Africa. He holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, an MDiv and ThM from Bethlehem College and Seminary, and a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from University of Northwestern – St. Paul. In 2017, he founded Picture Hebrew with his wife, Merissa, to provide illustrated resources that help others internalize the language of Scripture.
Mr. Scheumann’s interests lie in the areas of generative linguistics, language acquisition, Greek and Hebrew exegesis, and biblical theology. He has been teaching communicative Hebrew for several years and is passionate to see any committed student become a lifelong reader of Greek and Hebrew. His desire is to build up the church, locally and globally.
Director of Marketing
Cody Sensenig graduated with honors from Sattler College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and minor in Computer Science. He was blessed to be part of Sattler’s inaugural graduating class of 2022. Before coming to Sattler, Cody spent 12 years in Asia (China and Tibet) as a missionary kid. While living in Tibet, he helped his family to start a hostel focused on building inroads into the local community. His time in Asia has equipped him with a passion for diverse cultures, the mindset of a global citizen, and a deep-seated desire to see business advance the Kingdom of God. Since returning to the United States and attending Sattler College he has worn many hats such as Sales Intern for Eventide Asset Management, Business Development Rep for Pathway Law, and Ecosystem Consultant for Partners Worldwide, among others.
Outside of his work at Sattler College, Cody has a passion for the church and raising up strong leaders that catalyze change in their homes, churches and communities. Cody and his wife Katelyn, who both grew up in large cities—Chengdu (13 Million) and NYC (9 Million)—love urban living. However, they also covet their escapes into nature to hike, kayak and camp on occasion. Both have a passion for foster care and hope to be involved with it someday.
Derrick Tate, PhD
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Prof. Derrick Tate is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Sattler College. He received a BSME degree from Rice University, and his SM and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering are from MIT in the areas of manufacturing and design. Prior to joining Sattler, he was Senior Associate Professor at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University and founding Head of the Department of Industrial Design. Dr Tate has also held positions as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University and Associate Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University. Prof. Tate’s industrial experience includes working as a Manager of Applications Engineering at Axiomatic Design Software, Inc., a Boston-based start-up company.
Prof. Tate has been involved with Christian groups in China and America. Prof. Tate aims to impact society by bringing design thinking to areas of strategic importance and to integrate an understanding of human flourishing into the design of new products and services. His calling is to make space for Christians in academia, to bring Christian ideas into academic discourse, and to mentor a new generation of Christian researchers and professionals.
Anthony Viola, MLIS
Director of Library
Mr. Viola earned his Masters in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, prior to that he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing and communication at Emerson College. He began working in libraries during his high school years. First employed as a shelver in the Boston Public Library system, he has worked in a variety of positions from Cataloger, Technical Services Librarian and Reference and Instruction Librarian for a variety of schools and colleges such as Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quincy College, Milton Academy, Newbury College and Cambridge College.
Mr. Viola is a lifelong Boston resident. He grew up in East Boston, where he was raised in the Christian faith and was educated in both a parochial grammar and high school. He currently lives in Jamaica Plain.
Chief Information and Operations Officer
Mr. Wray's education and experience focus on network and systems administration. His interest and acuity in technology started young. He entered his information technology program at the age of 15 and launched a technology consulting and support business at 17. He became interested in education technologies when designing and implementing K-12 education systems.
Mr. Wray was born and raised in rural Washington State and moved to California where he met his wife and started a family. He became enthusiastic about following Jesus when he discovered that the Kingdom of God is much more than a membership. He is passionate about building mission-driven communities that love and obey King Jesus.
Before joining Sattler as Senior Accountant, Bennett completed a Bachelors of Accountancy at Western Illinois University. He spent time as a staff accountant for two construction firms where he supported the monthly close, prepared for annual audits, and reviewed project budgets. He also spent a brief time in the family office industry providing accounting services to ultra-high-net-worth individuals.
Bennett grew up in southeast Iowa among friendly folk, cornfields, and farm animals. His interest in the historic faith and urban church planting brought him to Boston in 2020 to complete the Certificate of Biblical and Religious Studies at Sattler. Upon completion, he remained in the city and seeks to give himself for the growth of Christ's church. He is passionate about seeing the Prince of Peace bring hope and healing to the darkest places of the world, starting with our own hearts. If you were to randomly visit him, you may find him sipping coffee, playing piano, baking some delectable treat, or enjoying a conversation with friends about what it means to be a beloved child of God!