The Thistle

Congratulations to President Dr. Mark Dalbey!

We rejoice together at the inauguration of Dr. Mark Dalbey as the fifth president of Covenant Seminary in ceremonies that took place Thursday, September 26, and Friday, September 27. An enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers, including Board and Advisory Board members, past presidents, donors, representatives from other seminaries and educational institutions, dignitaries from the PCA and other organizations, as well as alumni, friends, relatives, and visitors from our community—and, of course, our students!—were on hand to help welcome Dr. Dalbey in true Covenant community style. Events included a worship celebration in song on Thursday evening, held at the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center at Missouri Baptist University, and an inauguration chapel service in Rayburn Chapel on the Covenant Seminary campus.

The worship celebration featured music by guest artists such as Rev. Kevin Twit of Indelible Grace; congregational singing with musicians Sarah Gothold, Joel Littlepage, Melissa Littlepage, Mike Brandenstein, and Joel Christie; the Vocal Spectrum barbershop quartet, featuring Eric Dalbey; a gospel choir directed by Michelle Higgins; and special music by Billy Cerveny, Steven Dalbey, and Jeffrey Heyl.

Friday’s chapel service featured the inaugural address by Dr. Dalbey, as well as charges by Jerram Barrs, professor of Christian studies and contemporary culture at Covenant Seminary; Rev. Scotty Smith, teacher in residence at West End Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and an adjunct professor at Covenant Seminary; Mr. Walter M. Turner, Seminary Board member and presidential search committee chair; and Mr. Rob Wheeler, Covenant Seminary’s Student Council president. Dr. David Calhoun, professor emeritus of church history, Dr. Mike Higgins, dean of students, and Mrs. DeAnn Harris, Advisory Board member, offered prayers for Dr. Dalbey.

Please keep Dr. Dalbey and the entire Seminary leadership team in prayer as they work to guide the institution wisely and well in this exciting new chapter of our history!

And [Christ] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
— Colossians 1:18