Covenant Seminary is pleased to announce the recent appointment of a new director for the Doctor of Ministry program: Dr. Joel Hathaway (MDiv ’04, DMin ’16). Dr. Hathaway currently serves as our Director of Alumni and Career Services, where he has faithfully cared for our graduates as they navigate into and serve in ministry roles around the world. This new appointment will be an addition and a complement to his continued work with our alumni.
Dr. Hathaway brings a wealth of relevant experience to this appointment that makes him uniquely qualified for this position. His countless hours of consulting, counseling, and speaking with pastors, across the country and the world, have made him acutely aware of the challenges pastors face. As a graduate of Covenant’s DMin program, he knows firsthand the value of this degree for further strengthening and equipping church leaders for long-term ministry success and sustainability. Joel also has previous experience with Mission to the World, is certified in the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and is the author of the recent book Finding a Pastor: A Handbook for Ministerial Search Committees.
About his new role, Joel says, “I am honored and excited to be involved in this next chapter of the Doctor of Ministry program. I look forward to seeing how God will use it to advance Christ’s Kingdom through so many lives and ministries in the years to come.”
Covenant Seminary’s DMin program equips ministry leaders with the skills and resources they need to lead and last in their ministry contexts. Through the DMin, ministry leaders are equipped to engage the real-world problems they are facing, they are provided fellowship through trusted peer relationships, and challenged in spiritual growth through engaging God’s word alongside rigorous ministry research. Its focus is unique in that it combines academic research with ministry best practices that are tailored towards the student’s unique ministry challenges.
Dr. Mark Dalbey, president of Covenant Seminary, commented, “We are excited to have Dr. Hathaway leading the DMin team. His experience, breadth and depth of knowledge, and long-time relationship with the Seminary have prepared him well to take on this new role. He, along with this new cohort, will help pastors and ministry leaders grow in their leadership skills to meet the challenges of ministry, for the good of the church and the glory of Christ.”
A New DMin Cohort
Dr. Hathaway joins the DMin team at an exciting time as we have just opened a new cohort in Cultural Apologetics and Communication. Led by Professors Mark Ryan, Tasha Chapman, and Zack Eswine, the cohort will draw on the expertise and ethos of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute to facilitate a distinctive learning experience in the area of gospel engagement with culture. Featured guests include Dr. John Dickson, Dr. Irwyn Ince, Dr. Alan Noble, and Covenant Seminary’s own Prof. Jerram Barrs, Dr. Michael Williams, and Dr. Michael Goheen.
The cohort starts June 3–7, 2019. It is open for to up to 20 seasoned ministry leaders who are eager to pursue these topics together for the six residency courses. Click here for more information.