Discover Covenant Seminary


Dr. Nicholas Perrin (MDiv '93)

New Testament scholar and Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College.


Dr. Greg Thompson (MDiv ’00)

Senior Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Charlottesville, VA.


The decision to attend seminary is complex and can involve a number of factors. We know because we’ve been there, too. Take some time to get to know Covenant Seminary’s

faculty, degree programs, and what it’s like to be a student, then let us answer any questions you have about how Covenant Seminary can help you prepare for a lifetime of ministry.



The top two things Covenant students love most are the grace-centered community they experience here and the faculty of pastor-scholars who so wonderfully shape their biblical world- and life-view. Experience both of these aspects of Covenant Seminary and more by scheduling a campus visit.

Sit in on a class, spend time with students, attend a chapel service, and experience a taste of all that St. Louis has to offer. While you’re here, we’ll spend time with you to get to know you and address your questions and concerns about transitioning to Covenant Seminary. You can also find our view book here.


To start the application process today, all you need is:





Apply online by submitting this form, which takes about 5 minutes to complete, along with your $50 application fee. Upon completion, you will receive an e-mail detailing the next steps in your admissions process.

Throughout all of the application process, your admissions representative is available to be your guide and partner. We are excited to walk with you as you discern your call to ministry. Feel free to reach out to us at any time at 314.434.4044.


Mark Sandvig

Director of Admissions

Having worked in residence life at Grove City College before coming to Covenant and in admissions here since January of 2012, Mark (MDiv, ’17) has a deep love for Christian education that emphasizes the whole person—body, mind, and soul. He grew up in a ministry home that moved him from Australia to Chicago to Ohio to Indiana, so he has seen God work in a variety of contexts. He loves walking with people as they consider how God is calling them and loves working for a place that he believes in so much. Mark is married to Claire and they have two beautiful daughters, Ingrid and Ivy. Beyond work, Mark enjoys playing lawn games with friends, grilling delicious food, playing with his girls, and watching re-runs of Survivor (no shame).

Lindsey De Jong

Assistant Director of Admissions

Lindsey (MAC ’12) grew up in the Dutch metropolis of Orange City, Iowa, where she spent a good portion of her youth wearing wooden shoes. After a brief sojourn in the Sunshine state, the Lord used godly counselors and mentors to lead her to pursue a degree at Covenant. Starting with an undergrad degree in English literature, Lindsey has loved pursuing story, on the page and in the lives of those she works with as a practicing counselor. When she is not reading, drinking coffee, or collecting all things vintage, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and wandering her tree-lined neighborhood.

Stuart McClure

Assistant Director of Admissions


Stuart (MDiv '13, Midwestern Baptist Seminary) grew up in the Mississippi delta but considers St. Louis his home. After graduating from Missouri Baptist University with a BA in religion, he married his wife, Allison, and they moved to Kansas City for seminary. While at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he worked at The Sports Authority as a visual merchandising manager. After finishing his MDiv, he moved back to St. Louis and began working for a local Baptist church as a care director and eventually as a pastor. In his fourth year of vocational ministry, he formed deep Reformed and Presbyterian convictions that caused him to resign from his position to seek out ministry in the PCA. The Lord led him to Covenant Seminary to serve in admissions, marketing, and recruiting. He loves doodling, playing board games with friends, and watching silly comedies, fantasy, and sci-fi movies. He is also deeply proud of his Scottish heritage. Stuart and Allison's first child, Kaylee Skye, was born in 2017.

Carla Powderly

Admissions Representative

Carla joins the Admissions Team with incredulous wonder at the mighty, mysterious ways of God, and revels in his ongoing kindness. She brings decades of life experience to the high task of helping prospective students discern where the Lord may next be leading them, and takes great joy in the process. She is a second-year MAC student, ministry leader in her local church, and a passionate fan of humanity. Carla is wife to John, mom/stepmom to seven amazing kids (ages 15–31), mom-in-law to two beautiful young ladies and gram to toddler Ella Claire. When not relishing all things Covenant, Carla loves reading, camping, singing around the fire pit, watching movies, cooking and eating. When these things involve family and friends, as they usually do, all is right in her world.

John Fountain

Admissions Representative

John (MDiv ’18) hails from the classic city of Athens, Georgia, home of the Georgia Bulldogs, some of the best food anywhere, and America’s only double-barreled cannon. Before moving to St. Louis to begin seminary, John worked in youth ministry and also sold cars for a short time. He’d be more than happy to help you in your next car-buying adventure! When not studying or working (which is hardly ever, these days!) John enjoys the outdoors, reading Southern history, and taking his kids out for breakfast dates. John is married to Candice, and they have two children, Nathaniel and Elizabeth, with a third on the way.

Skylar Adams

Admissions Representative

Skylar (MDiv '18) grew up in small-town North Carolina. After graduating from Appalachian State, he worked as a policy advisor for the North Carolina Senate. When Skylar sensed a call to be trained for pastoral ministry, he and his wife, Dori, moved to Dallas, where he began seminary and worked at a local church overseeing community groups and assimilation. The Lord led them to Covenant in 2015. He finds great joy talking with prospective students about Covenant Seminary and walking alongside them as they seek to discern God's call on their lives. He also enjoys playing golf, trying new restaurants with his wife, and binge-watching Netflix Originals. 

Amy Gatschenberger

Admissions Representative


Amy (MAC ’19) grew up in the St. Louis area, took a decade-long hiatus in Chicago and like a boomerang is back in the Lou. The Lord has shocked her with this unexpected but perfect call to Covenant and the counseling degree program, a road that is surrounded on all sides with her own emotional healing. She has spent a majority of her adult life searching for and begging the Lord to show her “what she is suppose to do when she grows up,” so it is ironic, and just like the King, to bring her into a job to help others navigate those sometimes cloudy waters. She studied music formally before coming to Covenant, so she is pretty much in love with all types of music. She also has a crush on being outside (especially while riding her bike), traveling, flowers, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Christina Basham

Admissions Administrator

Christina (MAC '14) grew up in the tropical climate of Miami, Florida. She has steadily moved northward from Miami, first to Gainesville where she earned a BA in communication sciences and disorders from UF; then to Atlanta where she served as an RUF Intern at Kennesaw State University; and finally to her current residence in St. Louis where she met and married her beau, Paul. When she is not at work, she enjoys playing games of every variety, trying all the free things Saint Louis has to offer, and assembling 1000-piece puzzles.

Caitlin McVey


As her parents before her, Caitlin is a native of the Greater St. Louis Area. The names and faces of many in the Covenant Seminary community have become familiar to her over the years from the churches she has attended. She considers it a gift to now be a part of that community as a member of the staff. In 2013 she graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. She highly recommends visiting Old Town St. Charles and Forest Park. In addition to savoring her “down time” at home, activities close to her heart include singing, dancing, and witty banter.

Alyson Thompson

Receptionist and Events Coordinator


Alyson was born in California but has spent most of her life living in the Southeast United States. For her undergrad she studied Sociology and Global Studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She recently returned from a year on mission in Sheffield, UK as a ministry intern with the Acts 29 Network.  Some of the things she misses the most are Yorkshire tea, walks in the Peak District National Park, and travelling by train. Just 2 months after coming back to the States, she moved to St. Louis with the hopes of beginning the MDiv/MARC program in the Fall of 2017. Her desire is to equip and mobilize the Church to walk in diverse unity & to be on mission in everyday life, whether that be locally or abroad.  She loves writing, digital photography, rock climbing, listening to podcasts, spoken word/poetry nights, and going to concerts - music is definitely her love language.