Mike (MDiv '96, DMin '12) came to Covenant Seminary in 1992 as a student. He earned his MDiv in 1996 and served as a PCA pastor in Tennessee and Georgia before returning to the Seminary as Dean of Students in 2011. He is also an army chaplain assigned to the Pentagon. In 2012, Mike earned his DMin from Covenant. He has been married to Renee for 33 years, has two daughters, Mary and Michelle, and two grandchildren, Moses and Mattie. He enjoys exercising, military history, and preaching.
After nearly 15 years of campus ministry, Mark (MAC '09) came to Covenant to pursue a MA in Counseling. In 2004, the Lord showed him the greatest kindness possible when the wheels fell off of his self-made life and ministry. God brought him to a place of greater understanding of the lies he'd been believing and, consequently, a place of greater freedom. This has led him to his current role of shepherding Covenant students and their families. His life passion is to help Christian leaders and their families stay in the battle for a lifetime. Mark and his wife, Tracey, have been married more than 20 years, and together they have three teenagers, Abby, Josiah, and Bridges. Mark enjoys fishing, building furniture, running, baseball, and anything he can do to get outside with his family.
Suzanne Bates (MAC ’99) joined our Student Life team in July 2013 as associate dean of students, with a special focus on our female students. She works closely with fellow associate dean Mark McElmurry, whose focus is on our male students. Suzanne also serves the Seminary as adjunct professor of practical theology (counseling) and has been a full-time staff counselor at New City Fellowship in St. Louis for 11 years.
Tomoko came to St. Louis from Japan to earn her MAC ('05) from Covenant Seminary. During her study at Covenant, she was enriched by students who came from different parts of the world. She has been working at Student Life for seven years and enjoys working with the International Student and Covenant communities. Tomoko is married to Ryan, who is currently pursuing an MDIV degree at Covenant.
Renee is a North St. Louis native, who attended Harris-Stowe Teacher’s College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education. Renee is married to Mike, our Dean of Students, and has over 30 years of experience as a Pastor and Army Chaplain’s wife. As Student Life Receptionist, she helps provide direction for students coming into the office. She also keeps a lot of candy handy to keep their morale high as they deal with the rigors of seminary life.
Joel Littlepage has been the Chapel Coordinator since March 2013. He came to Covenant in 2011 from Nashville, Tennessee, with his better half, Melissa. He is pursuing an MDiv. Joel and Melissa have a son, Oscar, and spend their free time making music, enjoying the many beautiful parks in St. Louis, and trying new recipes.
With a fun-n-play structured approach, Kristen Hann plays the role of Log Cabin Coordinator in all of its diversity. She enjoys clearing clutter and making sure that her team’s gifts are employed properly in the care of your children! So look for the lady in glasses who will engage your children in free play, songs, and the occasional Goldfish cracker. When she’s not with other people’s children, Kristen enjoys spending time with her own two children, Olivia (4) and Judah (1 1/2), mastering the art of running, and spending time with her husband, Aaron.