Alumni News

Class Notes

‘13
MDiv - Dan Quakkelaar

Congratulations to Dan Quakkelaar (MDiv ’13) on his call to plant Friend of Sinners Church near Brewer’s Hill in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his ordination in the Wisconsin Presbytery of the PCA. Dan has worked part time with Covenant Seminary as a donor analyst since 2009. Dan most recently served as a church plant apprentice at Trinity Church in Kirkwood, Missouri. He and his wife, Shereen, have four adult children, Brandon, Shaun, Caris, and Kezia, and one teenager at home, Eliya (14).

‘07
MDiv - Nick Hathaway

Nick (MDiv ’07) and Annie Hathaway give thanks for the birth of Annelise Margaret, born October 23, 2014, and weighing 7 lbs. Annelise was welcomed by older sisters Cosette (2) and Sophia (9), and older brothers Martin (4), Clipston (7), and Aiden (10). Annie has recently retired from pediatric nursing, in part to homeschool their oldest two children. Nick works as the youth pastor at Liberty Church PCA in Owings Mills, Maryland, and has recently taken a sabbatical from chairing the Session Records Committee of Chesapeake Presbytery after seven years.

‘13
MDiv - Joshua Hall

Joshua (MDiv ’13) and Amy Hall announce the birth of Naomi Ruth, born October 6, 2014. Naomi weighed 7 lb. Amy is now a stay-at-home Mom, and Joshua is pursuing a career in Information Technology.

‘08
MDiv & MAEM - Ryan & Ada Moore

Ryan (MDiv ’08) and Ada (MAEM ’08) Moore welcomed Elizabeth Armour Moore on September 7, 2014. “Bess” was immediately welcomed by her sisters, Mae (5), Anne Hardin (4), and Virginia (2). Ryan serves as the RUF campus minister to the University of Alabama.

‘11
MDiv - Jason Wilkins

Jason (MDiv ’11) and Ashley Wilkins announce the birth of Eleanor Clare, born September 4, 2014, and weighing in at 8 lbs. 6 oz. Eleanor joins older brother Elijah (2). Ashley works part time at Hand of Hope as a medical missions director. Jason works as a teacher in the Bible department at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alumni Association Events

PCA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

PCA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

June 8 - 12, 2015
Chattanooga, TN



Join us for our biggest alumni gathering all year! The 43rd General Assembly of the PCA takes place June 8 - 12, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Stay tuned for special alumni-only event announcements!

BACCALAUREATE

BACCALAUREATE

May 14, 2015
ST. LOUIS, MO


This special occasion is one we look forward to all year. Join your Covenant family to celebrate the 2015 graduates with an on-campus worship service on May 14, 2015.

COMMENCEMENT

COMMENCEMENT

May 15, 2015
St. Louis, MO


Join us in congratulating the Class of 2015 and sending them off into the next phase of life, which, for most, will be ministry in the local church. Commencement takes place on May 15, 2015.

AUDIT COURSES AT REDUCED FEES

As part of our commitment to our alumni and the church, we offer many opportunities and avenues for continuing education to vocational ministers as well as lay people. Covenant Seminary alumni and their spouses—and anyone else—may audit any approved seminary course at the new low audit rate of $48 per credit hour. This is an amazing savings over the previous rate of $240 per credit hour and gives you access to a broader array of classes than before.

To audit classes, you first need to apply to the Seminary through our online application process, and our Admissions staff will contact you with more information.

FREE LECTURE SERIES

Our annual preaching, theology, and Francis Schaeffer Institute lecture series are open to the public. If you can’t make the event, get the audio file afterward from our extensive Resources database.

Check the Thistle section of our website for the latest news and updates about upcoming lecture series.

Join the mentor program

Our research shows that those who have successful ministries—that is, the ability to weather the seasons of conflict and confusion and still remain joyfully committed to their calling—could not have done it without the support, encouragement, and friendship of another pastor. Which is why we have established the MENTOR (Ministry Enrichment Through Ongoing Relationships) program to partner graduates in their first five years of ministry with pastors who have eight or more years of ministry experience. If this program would be beneficial to you, please volunteer as a MENTOR or request to be matched with a MENTOR.

Ministry Placement

We are committed to walking alongside you as you discern an initial call to ministry and consider transitions throughout your career. We provide a valuable connection to a network of more than 3,500 alumni in every state and more than 40 nations, maintain a database of ministry openings, and offer help in understanding your ministry gifts, the contexts in which they would be best employed, and practices for communicating your individual skill set to potential churches.

Please take full advantage of these resources, and don’t hesitate to contact the office of Alumni and Career Services if we can assist you in any way.

Meet the Alumni Director

Joel Hathaway

Alumni & Placement Services Director

Joel Hathaway (MDIV ’04) is the son of a pastor and has experienced the ups and downs of the impact of ministry on the pastor and his family. This has given Joel a passion to see Covenant graduates placed well and for churches to conduct the hiring process well. Over the past six years, he has evaluated hundreds of job descriptions, consulted with more than fifty churches, and advised and assessed nearly 500 pastoral candidates. He is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on leadership issues in the church. Joel and his wife, Shannon, moved to St. Louis in 2000 after working with Mission to the World in Atlanta. They have four kids who wake them up in the morning and keep them up at night.