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The Thistle
The Relational Emphasis at Covenant Seminary
By Covenant Seminary on Thursday, May 17th, 2012
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Like most MDiv students at Covenant Seminary, my second year began with Hebrew, and Dr. Brian Aucker was my professor.

Dr. Aucker is a moderately intense man with sharp features who reminds me of a navy pilot. He opened his first lecture with a slide of Dr. Otto Octavius, the main antagonist in Spider-Man 2. “Doc Ock” as he calls himself, is a hulking, brutish villain with four robotic tentacles extruding from his spine. Where his head should have been in the slide, an exaggeratedly obvious Photoshop version of Dr. aucker’s smiling face replaced it. It was “Doc Auck’s” way of a warm handshake for the whole class. I thought it clever, but also felt, aside from Dr. Aucker’s homonym use, that he was going to be someone I would enjoy.

Brian is a humble, scholarly, focused man. He shies away from praise and is dedicated to his students and his craft. While each member of our faculty strives to model Christ in the classroom, Brian’s way of doing so is endearing. this led me to his office door one spring morning when life was overwhelming me. I wanted someone to talk to who had answers. Brian, for some reason, came to mind. In retrospect, I think I went mostly because I felt safe. For whatever reason, I knocked, he invited me in, and we started to talk.

That meeting was the first of many. tuesdays at 11 a.m. became our standing appointment. I shared questions and thoughts, and Brian spoke into what he could. We thought out loud and told life stories. Brian encouraged me. He was an advocate in a season of doubt. God was very kind to give me that time, and it meant a lot personally that I had Dr. Aucker in my life because of it.


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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