After 16 years with Mission to the World serving in Latin America, Mark Berry (MDiv ’99) and his wife Lori have accepted a call with Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) to become Regional Supervisors for Central and South America. Serge is a non-denominational mission agency with roots in the PCA whose 220+ missionaries are engaged in church planting, leadership training, and ministries of mercy in 16 countries. In their new role with Serge, the Berry’s will continue to oversee and provide development support in the US for the House of Glory shelter for abused teen moms and their babies in Lima, Peru.
Our research shows that those who have successful ministries—that is, the ability to weather the seasons of conflict and confusion and still remain joyfully committed to their calling—could not have done it without the support, encouragement, and friendship of another pastor. Which is why we have established the MENTOR (Ministry Enrichment Through Ongoing Relationships) program to partner graduates in their first five years of ministry with pastors who have eight or more years of ministry experience. If this program would be beneficial to you, please volunteer as a MENTOR or request to be matched with a MENTOR.
We are committed to walking alongside you as you discern an initial call to ministry and consider transitions throughout your career. We provide a valuable connection to a network of more 4,157 degree graduates and more than 7,500 non-degree alumni in all 50 United States and in 47 nations, maintain a database of ministry openings, and offer help in understanding your ministry gifts, the contexts in which they would be best employed, and practices for communicating your individual skill set to potential churches.
Please take full advantage of these resources, and don’t hesitate to contact the office of Alumni and Career Services if we can assist you in any way.
Congratulations to Laurabeth and Jon (MDiv’ 05) Medlock, on their adoption of Samuel Reese Medlock and Xander Trayvon Medlock. Sam and Xander are biological brothers to Molly, whom the Medlock’s adopted in 2013. Siblings Andrew, Jack, Chloe, and Molly welcome these brothers. The Medlocks live in San Luis Obispo, California, where Jon is the pastor of Trinity Church.
Congratulations to Twila Miles (MATS ’14) on the publication of Whispers of Hope: Finding Perspective Post Adoption. Twila is an adoptive mother, author, and conference speaker. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Raleigh, North Carolina, with their five children. Their oldest child was adopted from Ukraine at the age of twelve.
Steven (MDiv ’11) and Brooke Edging announce the birth of Ezra Knox Edging, born August 2, 2016. Steven and Brooke are MTW missionaries serving in Kampala, Uganda. They have been there for 3 years with their other children Sarah, Samuel, and Titus. Steven is involved in theological education and training church planters.
Covenant Seminary extends condolences to the family of Abraham Masaharu Ishihara (MDiv ‘85), who was promoted to glory on February 8, 2016. Abe served as senior pastor of the Calstar Assembly of God in San Jose, California, since graduating from Covenant in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Mitsue Ishihara; his son, Luke Ishihara; and his daughter, Ayumi Karyl Ishihara-Hardy. Dr. Nelson Jennings, former professor of world mission at Covenant, had this to say of Abe: “Ishihara-san was a great classmate, friend, and gospel servant. I have many, many fond memories of him when we were fellow students at Covenant Seminary, including his senior sermon and the time before class he was sitting there humming-memorizing the Star-Spangled Banner.”1985
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Joel Hathaway (MDIV ’04, DMin ’16) is the son of a pastor and has experienced the ups and downs of the impact of ministry on the pastor and his family. This has given Joel a passion to see Covenant graduates placed well and for churches to conduct the hiring process well. Over the past nine years, he has evaluated hundreds of job descriptions, consulted with more than fifty churches, and advised and assessed nearly 500 pastoral candidates. He is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and recently completed his Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on leadership issues in the church. Joel and his wife, Shannon, moved to St. Louis in 2000 after working with Mission to the World in Atlanta. They have four kids ages 7-16 who love music, sports, reading and, most importantly, the Lord.