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Watch Interviews with Farmer and Food Advocate Joel Salatin and Others
By Covenant Seminary on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Posted In: News

by Jackie Fogas


We recently had an opportunity to talk with popular farmer, lecturer, and author Joel Salatin, who was in town to speak at a home educators’ conference. Joel and his “family-owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm,” Polyface, in Virginia gained widespread recognition through author Michael Pollan’s 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the documentary films Food, Inc. and Fresh. Salatin, a thoughtful and innovative farmer, discussed with us how bearing God’s image in God’s world impacts the way we grow, buy, and eat food.

We were grateful as well for the hospitality of St. Louis restaurateur Jimmy Fiala (owner of Acero and The Crossing), who hosted a breakfast for Salatin and other friends of the Seminary. Guests included Covenant graduates chef John Perkins (MDiv ‘09) and Garrett Adkins (MDiv ‘13), a server at The Crossing, and others influenced by Salatin. Fiala, Perkins, and Adkins shared their thoughts in video interviews that are now available online. Check out the links below to watch!


Interview with Joel Salatin

Interview with Jimmy Fiala

Interview with John Perkins

Interview with Garrett Adkins

Class Notes
[MATS] - 
Randy Rhea

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).

[MDiv] - 
Michael Hall

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).

[DMin] - 
Jame Hahs

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.

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