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Meet the Student Life Team

Mike Higgins

Dean of Students

Mike (MDiv '96, DMin '12) came to Covenant Seminary in 1992 as a student. He earned his MDiv in 1996 and served as a PCA pastor in Tennessee and Georgia before returning to the Seminary as Dean of Students in 2011. He is also a retired army chaplain (colonel) who was assigned to the Pentagon. In 2012, Mike earned his DMin from Covenant. He has been married to Renee for 33 years, has two daughters, Mary and Michelle, and two grandchildren, Moses and Mattie. He enjoys exercising, military history, and preaching.

Suzanne Bates

Associate Dean of Students

Suzanne Bates (MAC ’99) joined our Student Life team in July 2013 as associate dean of students, with a special focus on our female students. She works closely with fellow Associate Dean Mark McElmurry, whose focus is on our male students. Suzanne also serves the Seminary as adjunct professor of practical theology (counseling) and has been a full-time staff counselor at New City Fellowship in St. Louis for 11 years.

Mark Mcelmurry

Associate Dean of Students

After nearly 15 years of campus ministry, Mark (MAC '09) came to Covenant to pursue a MA in Counseling. In 2004, the Lord showed him the greatest kindness possible when the wheels fell off of his self-made life and ministry. God brought him to a place of greater understanding of the lies he'd been believing and, consequently, a place of greater freedom. This has led him to his current role of shepherding Covenant students and their families. His life passion is to help Christian leaders and their families stay in the battle for a lifetime. Mark and his wife, Tracey, have been married more than 20 years, and together they have three teenagers, Abby, Josiah, and Bridges. Mark enjoys fishing, building furniture, running, baseball, and anything he can do to get outside with his family.

Lisa Bouris

Family Nurture Coordinator

Lisa Bouris came from Sacramento, California, to St. Louis with her husband, Jeremy (MDiv '18) in August 2015. They have two young children. Prior to the move to Covenant, Lisa worked as a Child Life Specialist at University of California Davis Children’s Hospital and has several years of ministry experience in Christian camping. Lisa loves working with children of all ages and their families. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, listening to music, eating chocolate, drinking coffee, and discovering new places in St. Louis.

Craig Harris

Chapel Coordinator

Craig (MDiv ‘18) moved from Washington state with his wife, Jennifer and 4 young children to attend Covenant in the summer of 2015. Prior to that Craig served for 10 years as a pastor of worship and discipleship in a few different churches in Washington. One of the richest experiences of his seminary life so far has been getting to know the stories of his classmates and experiencing the joy that comes from deep friendships. He and his family enjoy music, hiking, camping, fishing exploring new places, and gardening.