Meet the Staff

Jason Williams

Associate Vice President for Enrollment

Amanda
Email: jasonw@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-6978

Education

Master of Arts in Professional Development

Favorite Thing About DBU

Pretty much everything.

Favorite Scripture

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 

Hobbies

DBU Baseball, Hunting, Fishing, yard work, and anything with my family.


Zavannah Van Leeuwen

Director of Recruitment

Amanda
Email: zavannah@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5489

Education

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling/Services Education; Sociology

Favorite Thing About DBU

I love having the opportunity to grow every day with my co-workers who share the same love for Jesus as I do.

Favorite Scripture

"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." - Psalms 23:1-3

Hobbies

Long Distance Running & Mountain Biking, rock climbing with friends, writing, and traveling.


Zach Williams 

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Zach Williams
Email: zacharyw@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5713

Education

BS in Religious Education, MA in Christian Education

Favorite Thing About DBU

The atmosphere of DBU.

Favorite Scripture

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20)

Hobbies

My favorite hobby is hanging with my kids, camping, and reading.


Military and Veteran Services

Chris Deckard, USAF (Vet.) 

Director of Military Veteran Services

Chris Deckard
Email: cdeckard@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5142

Education

Associates in Aviation Technology, BS in Business Administration concentration in Management, MA in Occupational Leadership concentration in Human Resource Development

Favorite Thing About DBU

The passion of the staff and faculty to help our students succeed and everyone's true dedication to Christ our Lord and Savior.

Favorite Scripture

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31 KJV)

Hobbies

My favorite hobby is spending time with my wife and two boys


Christopher Lemons

VA Compliance Official

Christopher Lemons
Email: christophersl@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5145

Education

Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Christian Ministries

Favorite Thing About DBU

To those who have served our country in the armed forces and their families, I value the opportunity to serve them by assisting with the coordination of their military benefits.

Favorite Scripture

Have you never heard? Have you never understood?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.  He never grows weak or weary.  No one can measure the depths of his understanding.  He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.  But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint. (NLT, Isaiah 40:28-31)

Hobbies

Spending time with my wonderful wife and chaotic kiddos, especially going on hikes and reading books together. Studying modern and historical theology of various cultures, especially ancient Near East religions and 2nd Temple Judaism.


Marlon Ivan Rios, USA (Vet.) 

Director of Recruitment

Marlon Ivan Rios
Email: marlon@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5279

Education

Bachelor of Science in Religion, Master of Theology, and Ph.D. in Leadership (in progress)

Favorite Thing About DBU

The people that I get to work with and the relationships that I’ve created at DBU are lovely. I am grateful for the leadership because they inspire me to do better every single day. I also love the students who I get to meet daily. 

Favorite Scripture

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Hobbies

I love spending time with my family, reading, working out, watching soccer, and traveling.


Sam Jones, USAF (Vet.)

VA Certifying Official

Sam Jones
Email: samueljo@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5557

Education

Associate in Applied Science Mechanical and Electrical Technology, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and Master of Education in Sport Management


Favorite Thing About DBU

Absolutely gorgeous campus, full of phenomenal believers that love Christ and strive to glorify Him.

Favorite Scripture

“If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” - Romans 10:9

Hobbies

Volleyball and just about any sport that involves competition, and enjoying the Texas heat, bodies of water, and outdoors with my wife, family, and friends


CFNI and Hillsong

Amanda Ferreira

Director of Recruitment

Amanda
Email: amanda@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5337

Education

Bachelor of Arts and Science in Business Administration and Psychology and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Favorite Thing About DBU

The Events

Favorite Scripture

"But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." - 1 Corinthians 9:27

Hobbies

Traveling, Fitness, and Finding trendy coffee shops


Joyana Wotila

Admissions Counselor

Amanda
Email: joyana@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5664

Education

Currently earning a Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences in Christian Ministries and Criminal Justice and then will be pursuing a Master’s in Psychology. 

Favorite Thing About DBU

The community and the beautiful campus

Favorite Scripture

“Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For these light and momentary troubles are achieving for us a glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

Hobbies

Writing, making and experiencing art, watching movies, and spending time with family & friends. Traveling, eating good food & coffee, and experiencing new things and people!