Meet our Team

Dr. Joe Wooddell, Vice President of Advancement and Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Joe Wooddell

Vice President of Advancement

Joe Wooddell has been at Criswell since 2004, serving as a full-time faculty member and Vice President of Academics before transitioning to Vice President of Advancement in January of 2019. He loves connecting people to the mission and vision of the college and helping them see the joy of partnering with Criswell financially. Joe is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has served as an interim pastor at multiple churches, and has held full-time staff positions at two others. Additionally, he retains his title as Professor of Philosophy and teaches one course per semester. He holds the B.S. in Music, Master of Divinity, M.A. in Political Science, and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion. He is an active member of First Baptist Church, Keller. Joe and Julie have been married since 1998 and have three children.

Rob Collingsworth

Director of External Relations

Rob Collingsworth has been at Criswell since 2015 and moved to his current position as Director of External Relations in June of 2019. He previously worked at Criswell as the Director of Communications and as the Communications Specialist at Samford University, where he received his B.A. in Journalism. Prior to coming to Criswell he served in a variety of roles at Southwestern Seminary, where he earned an M.Div. with an emphasis in ethics. He writes freelance for various publications and is a member of The Village Church Fort Worth. Rob and his wife, Rebeccah, have two sons.

Cesia Juárez

Director of Annual Giving

Cesia Juárez came to Criswell in June of 2020 to serve as Director of Annual Giving. Previously, she worked as a Financial Community Guide for Thrivent Financial and as a Ministry Assistant at the Dallas Baptist Association. Additionally, she served as Director of Admissions and Registrar at Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas, where she obtained a B.A. in Business Leadership. She also holds an M.B.A. from Dallas Baptist University and recently completed a Certificate of Professional Fundraising from Boston University. Cesia is married to her husband, Luis Juárez, who also works at Criswell as Dean of Students. She is a member of First Baptist Church Kaufman en Español and serves alongside her husband in the media and marketing ministry.

Sharon Maxwell

Director of Development

Sharon Maxwell has served in the Advancement Division since 2016 and previously held various positions at Criswell from 2005 to 2007. She worked at First Baptist Church Dallas and Hope for the Heart for 16 years and owned a business for 12 years, prior to which she was a petroleum geologist. She received her B.S. in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. in Christian Leadership from Criswell. Sharon is married to Steve, a CPA, and the Worship Pastor for a local church. They have an adult son and two grandchildren.

Karen Womack, Advancement Associate

Karen Womack

Advancement Associate

Before coming to Criswell in 2017 as Advancement Associate, Karen Womack was an administrative assistant, events support, and writer in the Creative Services Department at Hope for the Heart, a biblical counseling ministry. She also brings to the team experience in customer service, spanning 16 years in the insurance industry and five years at an architecture firm. In her role, Karen supports the department overseeing the donor database, corresponding with our contributors, and financial reporting. Karen and her husband Tim have six adult children and sixteen grandchildren. They are devoted to the Lord, faithful members of Denton Bible Church, and participate in various ministries.

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.