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By Covenant Seminary on
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Posted In: Alumni, Article, Featured

Addressing Lightning-Rod Issues, Part I: Why Must I Address Lightning-Rod Issues? Sex, race, abortion, health care, homosexuality, and politics — there are few lightning-rod issues that …
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By Covenant Seminary on
Friday, December 19th, 2014
Posted In: Alumni, Article, Featured

Younger pastors are often challenged when ministering to congregants who are decades older and have “seen a lot more of real life” than they have. …
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By Covenant Seminary on
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Posted In: Alumni, Featured, News

Interested in a little education for your weekends? Covenant Seminary offers some weekend courses that could be right up your alley. This spring, we provide …
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Randy Rhea (MATS) -

After ten years as an assistant pastor of Grace Evangelical, Germantown, TN, Randy Rhea (MATS ’98) planted Trinity Presbyterian Church, Corinth, MS. This past January, Randy and his wife moved to Madison, MS where Randy is serving as the assistant pastor of Madison Heights Presbyterian. Randy and his wife Sheri have two children, Emily (12) and Walker (9).

Michael Hall (MDiv) -

Congratulations to Michael Hall (MDiv '00) on becoming Pastor to Students at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA. Michael has served as Pastor of Student Ministries at Kirk of the Hills, St. Louis, MO for the past seven years. Michael and his wife Kirby Hall MATS '99) have three children, McKenzie (10), Carter (9), and John Thomas (7).

Jame Hahs (DMin) -

After 11 years as pastor of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, Jame Hahs (DMin ‘ 06) was appointed to the position of Directing Pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, IL. He is now entering his fourth year in that position. Jame and his wife Donna live in Alton, IL.

Jake Bennett (MDiv) -

On August 15th, Jake Bennett (MDiv '11, MAC '12) was ordained and installed as a civilian Chaplain at Friendship Village Chesterfield by Missouri Presbytery. George Stulac (DMin ’93) chaired the Presbytery commission and Dr. Robert Peterson preached for Jake's ordination. Jake and his wife Rebekah have two children.

Duff James (MDiv) -

After nearly 10 years at First Presbyterian Church (ARP), Columbia, SC, Duff James (MDiv ’00, MAC ’02) is planting a new church in Asheville, NC. City Church (ARP) is a new gospel-centered church located on the north side of downtown Asheville in the historic Montford neighborhood. The James’ arrived in May of 2011, and officially stated the parachute plant in December. Currently, they are meeting with a launch team every week for food, fellowship, study, and prayer. Duff and his wife Kristi have two daughters: Olivia and Eliza.

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Alumni Association Events

PCA General Assembly

Houston, TX

Join us for our biggest alumni gathering all year! The 42nd General Assembly of the PCA takes place June 17-20, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Stay tuned for special alumni-only event announcements!

St. Louis, MO

This special occasion is one we look forward to all year. Join your Covenant family to celebrate the 2014 graduates with an on-campus worship service on May 15, 2014.

St. Louis, MO

Join us in congratulating the Class of 2014 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 16, 2014.
Free Weekend Courses
All alumni and spouses are invited to join us in the Lifetime of Ministry weekend classes at no cost to you. Check out this year’s offerings, and please note that advanced registration is required. Spaces fill up quickly!
Fall 2013 • Spring 2014
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.
Fall 2013 • Spring 2014
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.
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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.
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meet the alumni Director

Joel hathaway
Alumni & Placement Services Director

Joel Hathaway (MDIV ’04) is director of alumni relations and placement for Covenant Seminary. As the son of a pastor, he 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 churches conduct the hiring process well. Over the past six years, he has evaluated hundreds of job descriptions, consulted with over 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.