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Seminarians and Interns

We are glad to welcome three seminary students and a communications intern to Good Shepherd. Seminary students often participate in field-education placements in parishes so that they have parish ministry experience as part of their seminary training. In addition, we are fortunate to have a college student assisting as a communications intern. If you see our seminarians and communication intern on campus, we hope you will say hello.

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Joe C. Williams, Seminarian

Joe is a sixth-generation Oklahoman, and a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, pursuing his Master of Divinity from Seminary of the Southwest. Currently a Candidate for Holy Orders for the Diocese of Oklahoma, he hopes to return to Oklahoma following graduation.  Joe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and studied history at the University of Tulsa. Previously, Joe has served as the development and communications director for nonprofit organizations in the Tulsa area serving agencies specializing in care for those in hospice, HIV/AIDS, and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Joe is Convenor of the SSW Student Council, has been published in Soul by Southwest, a literary journal of the seminary, and is currently developing a paper about Indigenous spirituality and its intersection with the Christian faith. Joe is sponsored for ordination through Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tulsa.

Joe holds certifications in Nonprofit Management through the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, email marketing from Hubspot, and is a graduate from “The Asking Academy,” Schnake Turnbo Frank’s “Leadership and Reputation Academy,” as well as Leadership Tulsa’s “New Voices” program. Joe currently sits on the board of directors of Hospice of Green Country, Tulsa’s only nonprofit, United Way funded hospice, and the Bigheart Historical Society.

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Dr. Steven Tomlinson, Seminarian

Steven is associate professor of leadership and administration at the Seminary of the Southwest and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He coaches and consults with Wall Street, Fortune 500 and high-tech start-up executives and managers on leadership and communication strategy. He is a founding master teacher at the Acton School of Business for Entrepreneurship. He taught economics and finance at The University of Texas at Austin for 17 years, where he designed and directed the MBA professional development program. He is also an accomplished playwright and performer. His award-winning solo shows have been produced in Austin and off-Broadway. Steven is both a teacher and a student while he pursues ordination to the priesthood.

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Eric Bumgardner, Seminarian

Hi, new friends at Good Shepherd! My name is Eric and I'm a middler (second-year student) at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, and postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Texas. I'm grateful to be learning with and from you!

Prior to coming to seminary, I worked in higher education as a Creative Director, managing university marketing and communications efforts, while teaching a little on the side. My last stop was UT Austin, where I served as the Director of Communications for Enrollment Management. My wife, Keirsten, teaches Special Education at NYOS Charter School up on North Lamar. Sean, our youngest, attends NYOS as a Senior, and his older brother, Jack, will graduate from UT Austin in December.

Originally from Arkansas, I grew up overseas in Germany and Italy. I returned to the US after high school and met Keirsten in Oklahoma. After a stint in Iowa (too cold, too much corn), we made our way down to Waco and finally to Austin. With 11 years in the area, it's time to claim Austin as my hometown.

As for hobbies: these days things are much quieter. I like to be outside and— f I'm lucky—see a bird or two that I haven't seen before. If you're into birds, let's meet and geek out!

Again, I'm excited to meet you and see where this year is headed.

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Jake Harp, Communication Intern

My name is Jake Harp, and I am a senior Public Relations major at Texas State University. I am originally from Dallas, but I have now made San Marcos/Austin home. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with family & friends.

I have been with Good Shepherd since June as the Communications Intern. It has been a thrill working with the amazing administration here. I am blessed to be able to intern somewhere that values my time and commitment.

If you see me around, please come say hello! I look forward to continuing to work with Good Shepherd.