Nate McKanna

Nate McKanna

Director of Admissions

BA, Bible/Theology, Appalachian Bible College, 2009; ThM, New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2015.

Serving with DTS since: Spring 2011

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Greetings from the “Big D”! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by our Teams Admissions page. If you’re trying to figure out if DTS (or seminary for that matter!) is right for you, you’ve come to the right place! All of us have been in your shoes, and we know the kinds of questions you have. So if you’re confused, frustrated, or even overwhelmed by the decisions ahead, take heart…we’re here to help. It would be my privilege to chat with you and help you figure out where God might be leading you to better serve Him, whether that means here at DTS or elsewhere (though I might be a little biased). If God’s opening the door for you to get a seminary education, I want to help you walk through it!

From the moment I stepped on campus, I was struck by the immense history and tradition that surrounded me. And as I thought about all of the great men and women who had been trained by this storied institution, I couldn’t help but think, “Do I really get to be a part of this?!” Once the shock of being at the Dallas Theological Seminary wore off, I realized why DTS has produced so many notable ministry leaders and scholars over the years: the school most definitely lives up to its impressive reputation. I am so grateful for the top-notch, biblically grounded education I received here. Perhaps the only thing that has impressed me more than the tradition and excellence of DTS is the fact that its classes are taught by some of the most humble men and women I have ever met. Humble hearts and world-class teaching—what a combination!

Choosing to move halfway across the country to live in a big city and study at a school where I knew no one was the hardest, scariest decision I’ve ever made. But you know what I’ve discovered? It was also the best decision I ever made. I’m constantly reminded and humbled by how God has used Dallas Theological Seminary to radically transform my walk with Christ and help me read and study His Word in ways that I never imagined were possible. If He can do that for me, trust me—I know He can do that and more for you!

What are your hobbies or outside interests?
I love hanging out with my wife, especially when it involves food or a movie! I also love playing with my kids and spoiling them rotten. Other than spending time with my family, I also enjoy watching (and playing) sports and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes!

What made you decide to go to DTS?
I was most impressed by the language training at DTS. The ThM involves more language classes than any other school I looked at, and many of the faculty (language classes or otherwise) are world-renowned scholars whose textbooks I used in college.

What are your favorite foods?
Hmm…I’d have to say pizza, big juicy cheeseburgers, and generally anything my wife cooks!

What is your favorite television show of all time?
Frasier; it’s definitely my go-to show on Netflix when I need a good laugh.

What is the best part about working in the DTS admissions office?
The people I work with are the coolest people you could ever meet, and I get to interact with them every day!

What is your favorite genre of literature?
Other than the Bible, I love reading big fiction novels that engage my imagination. More specifically, mystery novels and thrillers are at the top of my list.

What is your favorite quote?
“God will never lead you where He will not sustain you.”

What is your favorite musical artist/group/genre of music?
Usually my car radio is turned to a country station, but I'm also a big fan of Christian music and artists like Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, and Andrea Bocelli.

Who is the person you admire most and why?
This one’s a no-brainer: my wife, Noel. For one thing, I still don’t understand why such a brilliant, beautiful, and overall amazing girl would choose to marry a knucklehead like me! But all joking aside, my wife continually amazes me with her patient love and forgiveness, and her heart for the Lord is a constant example and challenge to me. She’s a keeper!

Who is your favorite Bible character and why?
This is a hard one, but I think I’d have to go with Peter. He had a habit of saying stupid things, and he made his share of mistakes. But, he was also passionate, and even though he screwed up a lot, he ended up doing great things for Christ.

If you could have superhero powers, what would they be?
During this season of life with small kiddos, I think it would be great if my power were the ability to sleep very little and yet be rested all the time. I can dream, can’t I?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Ideally, I’d love to live somewhere that’s warm and sunny all year round that gets one week of snow at Christmastime. Suggestions, anyone?