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The Southern DNA

Inside Blog

Employee Spotlight- Hannah Carter


It won’t take long until you realize that biblical counseling is at the heartbeat of Hannah Carter, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Billy Graham School (BGS). Carter, a Southern Alum (2010) with an M.A. Biblical Counseling found her way to Southern in the most unusual of ways. “I wasn’t particularly thinking about seminary, but circumstances on the [mission] field allowed for it to happen.”

Though not unexpected to the Lord, Carter recounts Proverbs 16:9, and sees why it was that God brought her here.“I was thinking I would only be here for a short while and then return back, and now I have finished a degree and am now working here”, she says. Now an employee of the BGS for over 4 years she helps assist the Dean of the BGS saying, “I help him best accomplish what is best for the BGS” and adding ”the biggest joy I have is being able to free up these guys so that they can do what the Lord has called them to do, especially with faculty to be able to teach and mentor students.”

In her time on the mission field she felt her calling was to equip others to make the gospel known, and now at Southern, though not how she expected, she has realized and seen that come to fruition. “I want to strive to make Christ known to our neighbors and also to the other parts of the world, so I think if in the details of my job that can happen through other mouths and hands then that has happened.”



For Carter, though she assists BGS students and faculty alike, she also is passionate about counseling and serving in the local church. A member of Clifton Baptist Church, she provides counseling, assists in the women’s ministry, and plays percussion among other things. Speaking on her time and service there she says, “It has been a joy to see the fruit from [those she has counseled] their lives being changed by the Lord.” Above all titles she says, “I want to be, not just an employee of Southern Seminary, but a gracious, kind, and caring child of the Lord who is wanting His children to grow and know and see His work among the nations wherever that may be.”


New Employee Introduction- Grant Norris

Grant Norris



Beginning in March, Grant joined the Southern team working in the Legacy Hotel and Conference Center as reservations desk clerk. He is originally from Monroeville, Alabama and a graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations.

In his role at the Legacy Hotel he welcome guests with a smile and seeks to show hospitality to any and all guests. In other words, he serves as the front door to so many that visit Southern.

Along with working in the Legacy Hotel Grant is pursuing an M.Div. in Christian Ministry with the hopes to pastor or plant a church. When he is not behind the desk serving guests he can be found participating in anything to do with staying fit.

Grant can be reached at or by contacting the Legacy Hotel and Conference Center.

Welcome to the Southern team!



New Employee Introduction- Jamie Eisenberg

Jamie Eisenberg



In December Jamie and her husband (Alec) moved to Louisville from Huntington Beach, California.  Beginning in January, she joined the Southern team in the Bevin’s center for missions and mobilization as the Administrative Assistant to the Director.

As a child and teen Jamie and her family went on regular mission trips to Africa which fuels her desire to help in her role of tying up any loose ends before the mission teams from the Bevin’s center embark to their destination.When she isn’t assisting in the day-to-day tasks in the Bevin’s center she can typically be found enjoying anything outdoors.

Jamie can be reached at ext. 4594 or

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New Employee Introduction- Aaron Burkhart

Aaron Burkhart



Aaron Burkhart joined the Southern team in the Office of Admissions as an admissions counselor in March. A graduate of Liberty University, with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, Aaron is currently pursuing an M.Div. in Christian Ministry. He and his wife hope to do international church planting in Western Europe or the United Kingdom.

As an admissions counselor Aaron facilitates campus visits, reviews applications, makes phone calls, and assists in a prospective students process of admission. When he isn’t assisting prospective students he could be found hiking, watching British television, or reading.

Aaron can be reached at

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New Employee Introduction- Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson


Samuel Johnson joined the Southern team in February as he began in the Health and Recreation Center (HRC) as intramural referee. From soccer, football, or basketball Samuel assists to provide excellent service and hospitality to those involved in intramurals.

A native of Buchanan, Michigan, he not only works in the HRC but is also a student at Boyce College pursuing a degree in Pastoral and Expositional Ministry. A fun fact about Samuel is that he also plays for the Boyce Bulldogs men’s soccer team as one of the team captains.

Samuel can be reached at

Welcome to the Southern team!