The Thistle

Class Notes

MDiv - Mark Berry
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.
MDiv - Laurabeth and Jon Medlock
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.
MATS - Twila Miles
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.
MDiv - Steven and Brooke Edging
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.
MDiv - Abraham Masaharu Ishihara
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
MDiv - Dan Quakkelaar
Congratulations to Dan Quakkelaar (MDiv ’13) on his call to plant Friend of Sinners Church near Brewer's Hill in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his ordination in the Wisconsin Presbytery of the PCA. Dan has worked part time with Covenant Seminary as a donor analyst since 2009. Dan most recently served as a church plant apprentice at Trinity Church in Kirkwood, Missouri. He and his wife, Shereen, have four adult children, Brandon, Shaun, Caris, and Kezia, and one teenager at home, Eliya (14).
MDiv - Nick Hathaway
Nick (MDiv '07) and Annie Hathaway give thanks for the birth of Annelise Margaret, born October 23, 2014, and weighing 7 lbs. Annelise was welcomed by older sisters Cosette (2) and Sophia (9), and older brothers Martin (4), Clipston (7), and Aiden (10). Annie has recently retired from pediatric nursing, in part to homeschool their oldest two children. Nick works as the youth pastor at Liberty Church PCA in Owings Mills, Maryland, and has recently taken a sabbatical from chairing the Session Records Committee of Chesapeake Presbytery after seven years.