18 Aug 2022
18 Aug 2022

What We Are Learning from Our 2021-2022 Graduates

  • Price: FREE


By registration; This free webinar presents highlights from the 2021-2022 Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ), our third class to graduate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the fall 2020 revision of the questionnaire, included are new or expanded data on work hours and dependent care, educational debt, plans for credentialing, and the vocational goals of students. ATS Student Data Services events are designed for academic administrators, but would also benefit faculty, institutional researchers, student personnel, and board members interested in theological education trends.




Jo Ann Deasy

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Jo Ann Deasy

Jo Ann Deasy joined the ATS staff in June 2014 as director, institutional initiatives and student research. Her responsibilities include overseeing the coordination program for the Pathways for Tomorrow initiative as well as the management, collection, and interpretation of data for the Entering Student, Graduating Student, and Alumni/ae Questionnaires. She also serves on the research team at ATS and recently contributed to research projects related to assessing spiritual and personal formation, women in leadership in theological education, and mapping the graduate workforce of ATS.

Deasy served for seven years as the dean of students and community life at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, she has also served on staff at congregations in Duluth, Minnesota, and Mercer Island, Washington, and came to ATS from Sojourner Covenant Church in Evanston, Illinois, where she served as lead pastor for four years.

Deasy graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a PhD in congregational studies with an emphasis in congregational leadership and contextual theologies.

Christopher M. The

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Christopher M. The

Christopher M. The (pronounced ‘tay’) was named director of student research and initiative management in 2022, having previously served as director of commission information services for ATS since 2017. In his current role, he gathers, analyzes, and disseminates insights from the ATS questionnaires and student data by overseeing the virtual infrastructure for ATS initiatives and by collaborating with primary/secondary coordination personnel for the Lilly Endowment's Pathways for Tomorrow initiative.

A former “EM” (English Ministry) pastor at two Asian American congregations in Southern California, The was raised in an immigrant congregation in the Chinese-Indonesian Reformed tradition and later ordained to ministry by a Chinese/Taiwanese church in the Pentecostal tradition. He came to ATS from Fuller Theological Seminary where he served in a variety of student services and educational support roles, while also pastoring an Indonesian American congregation in the American Baptist tradition. The was a selected participant in the Forum for Theological Exploration's 2014 Summit for Future Theological Educators of Color/Summit on Christian Leadership, and he was named a 2016 fellow of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC). He has represented the Religious Liberty Council on the BJC board of directors since 2021. The has published refereed articles and contributed to book chapters on resourcing immigrant churches for civic engagement, leveraging evaluative principles for character formation in theological education, understanding the unique mentorship needs of doctoral students of color, and surveying diasporic Indonesian communities and their placements among world Christianities. An editorial board member since 2014 for the SINTA-accredited Indonesian Journal of Theology, he completed a qualitative research dissertation on the congregational formation of Indonesian American emerging adults at two Los Angeles-area churches.

Upon earning the MA (Religion) in theology and ethics from Azusa Pacific University, The completed his MDiv and his PhD (Theology) in practical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.


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Meghan Niskach

Date & Time
Thu, Aug 18, 2022 , 2 p.m. ET
Thu, Aug 18, 2022 , 3:30 p.m. ET


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