The board, faculty, and staff of Covenant Seminary are pleased to announce a new Director for the Seminary’s City Ministry Initiative (CMI). Jeremy Main will assume the Director role with CMI this fall while continuing to direct the Field Education Department and teach classes as an Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministries.
Main, a 2015 graduate of Covenant’s Master of Arts in Educational Ministries (MAEM) program, has served as Director of Field Education since 2017 and brings to his new role a wealth of experience in higher education, urban ministry leadership development, and community partnership development. With three MA degrees—in urban affairs (Saint Louis University), political science (University of Missouri–St. Louis), and educational ministries (Covenant Seminary), Main is currently finishing up a Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL) from Bakke Graduate University. His dissertation focuses on seminary-community collaborations for urban ministry leadership and community development. Main also serves as a ruling elder at Midtown Church (PCA) in St. Louis. He and his wife, Trisha, have three children.
Of his new role with CMI, Main says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to help steward this next season of CMI’s development. I am particularly excited to work with others at Covenant and across our city to re-imagine how CMI can catalyze collaboration between the Seminary and the global church of St. Louis for equipping current and emerging city ministry leaders. Covenant has much to learn from the city in which God placed us, but I also believe we have much to offer toward the flourishing of St. Louis. We are bound together in profound ways, and I am eager to explore how CMI can embody and express that reality.”
CMI provides Covenant Seminary students and members of the broader community with diverse opportunities to explore together the story of God’s work in the city while becoming better equipped as leaders to facilitate transformational gospel ministries in intercultural city contexts. Through learning pathways such as annual conferences, periodic community events, city ministry elective courses, the City Ministry Track of the Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) degree, and internship placements in city churches and non-profits, CMI invites people into the beauty and brokenness of the city, and into the Scriptures, to foster better understanding of God’s Kingdom purposes in Christ for today’s cities.
Dr. Mark Dalbey, President of Covenant Seminary, commented, “We are delighted that Jeremy will step in to direct a program that plays a key part in our mission to equip God’s Kingdom servants. His academic qualifications, his personal knowledge of St. Louis and the Seminary, and his heart for helping our students develop better relationships and better gospel understanding across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines make him ideal to lead CMI. We look forward to seeing how God will use Jeremy to inspire and motivate a new generation of gospel leaders.”