Covenant Seminary is delighted to announce the promotion of two long-time adjunct professors. Dr. Tasha Chapman (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity), who has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministries since 2004, has been promoted to full-time Professor of Educational Ministries. Ms. Suzanne Bates (current PhD studies at University of Missouri St. Louis; MAC, Covenant Seminary), who has taught as Adjunct Professor of Applied Theology (Counseling) since 2010, has been promoted to full-time Assistant Professor of Applied Theology (Counseling). Both were approved unanimously by Covenant Seminary’s board of trustees at the recent September meeting.
Professor Chapman is well-known to her students as someone who will challenge them to think about the whole process of teaching and learning in brand new ways. An expert in the learning process, she views educational ministry as the lifelong process of growing toward maturity in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit with the body of Christ. Her current consulting and research focuses on leadership and self-stewardship in ministry, cross-cultural learning, and instructional and curriculum design. She co-authored both Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving (IVP, 2013), and its forthcoming related title, The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests (IVP, 2018). Prior to coming to Covenant, Professor Chapman worked in campus ministry and served as director of women’s ministry in a local church.
Professor Bates regularly helps counseling students to understand how best to navigate the dynamics they will experience when counseling clients. She brings a wealth of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Staff Counselor and Ministry Director at New City Fellowship (PCA) in St. Louis, a former case worker in the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services, and as a counselor for the Community Action Agency of St. Louis where she worked with the prison population. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Counseling Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis. In addition to her work in counseling, she is the Associate Dean of Students for female students. She is a regular speaker at conferences and women’s retreats, leads women’s Bible studies, and has traveled six different times to Africa for mission work.
“Both Dr. Chapman and Prof. Bates bring a wealth of experience to the faculty of Covenant Seminary,” says Dr. Mark Dalbey, President. “Dr. Chapman is one of the church’s leading experts in educational ministries. For over fourteen years she has used her expertise in educational best practices to develop better leaders and teachers here for Christ’s church. Prof. Bates is a seasoned and thoughtful counselor. Her passion for our female students has led them towards greater emotional health and dependence upon the Holy Spirit. Both of these recently promoted faculty members are gifted in equipping practical ministry skills, which is essential for developing church leaders who can stay in ministry the rest of their lives.”
For over sixty years Covenant Theological Seminary has trained thousands of pastors, counselors and ministry leaders for a lifetime of ministry. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Covenant Seminary is the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America.