News  | Calendar  | Visit  | Apply  | Give  | A-Z Index

Test MaxiMenu



Employee Profiles


Paula Lynch Paula Lynch
Programmer/Analyst

 

Hometown:

Flintstone, GA

 

What do you do at Covenant?

Programmer/Analyst for the IT department.

 

What drew you to Covenant?

I was a student at Covenant before I became an employee. When I visited for preview weekend, I loved the beautiful campus and the friendly people. But what really sold me on Covenant was that Christ was so evident on this campus. One of the students sat down to talk with me on one of the benches in the chapel green. During our conversation, she shared her testimony with me and then asked me to share mine. It was at that moment that I knew Covenant was a place that would encourage me in my walk with the Lord. A good education is important, but even the best education in the world is useless without a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

What is unique about working at Covenant?

Working at a place I love and doing something that I enjoy.

 

What is your favorite place on campus?

The first place that comes to mind is my old dorm room on 4th South in Carter, where as students we stood in awe of God’s beautiful sunrises, or occasionally looked down on the white, puffy clouds that overshadowed Chattanooga and gave that building its name: “the castle in the clouds.”

 

What has been your favorite experience working at Covenant?

I love going to the convocation chapel at the beginning of each school year. It is amazing to see (and hear) everyone’s excitement, to see the new faculty and the freshman class that God has led to Covenant, and to sing the college hymn, “All for Jesus,” each year. It is a great reminder of why we are all here.

 

What is your favorite part of the day at Covenant?

Early morning, especially at sunrise.

 

How does your work at Covenant interact with your faith?

I have had some incredible conversations with co-workers about God, controversial issues, or a recent chapel service.

 

Describe your experience of the Covenant Community:

The Covenant community is not limited to our campus here on Lookout Mountain. Through our Covenant College alumni page on Facebook, View, and our day-to-day interaction with one another, we can see and marvel at the way God is working in each of our lives. Those of us who have experienced Covenant—whether as student or employee—have a bond that does not end when we leave this place. We continue to pray for one another, to represent Covenant, and to give of ourselves (our time and our resources) so that Covenant can continue in her mission.

 

What would you tell someone considering a job at Covenant?

Working at Covenant is more than just a job; it is becoming part of a Christ-centered community. Every position here at Covenant is a valuable contribution to our mission to “explore and express the pre-eminence of Christ in all things. We educate Christians to engage culture, to examine and unfold creation, and to pursue biblical justice and mercy in community.” This mission is not just for students; it is for the entire Covenant community. I have worked at Covenant for over twenty years, and the most rewarding thing about working here is seeing how God has worked in the lives of our faculty, staff, and students to further his kingdom. Please prayerfully consider if God is leading you to join us.

 

 

 

 

Tab Westbrook Travis "Tab" Westbrook
HVAC Technician

 

Hometown:

Rising Fawn, GA

 

What do you do at Covenant?

Maintenance/heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

 

What drew you to Covenant?

I had heard from a friend who had attended the College how wonderful it was, and she promised me that if I ever took employment there I would never go anywhere else. Ultimately it was the Lord’s desire for me to be here, as he continued to open some doors and close others. He made his sovereignty very obvious and let me see that his timing was impeccable.

 

What is unique about working at Covenant?

I think that one of the most unique things about Covenant is the spirit of everyone here. It is obvious that folks are genuinely concerned with each other’s struggles and that they are very sincere about lifting each other up.

 

What is your favorite place on campus?

There are so many wonderful places here but I suppose I like the breathtaking views—sunrises and sunsets on either brow—best. The College always looks so good year round and I think that is due to the great grounds crew we have and their dedication to making it look that way.

 

What has been your favorite experience working at Covenant?

Without a doubt the best part of the day is the very beginning, when we as a maintenance department gather prior to work and share our prayer requests and lift them up to the Lord. We pray daily for the College, the faculty, staff, and students, among other things. I truly love the fellowship that I share with the men in the maintenance department and consider myself extremely fortunate to be surrounded by men like them.

 

How does your work at Covenant interact with your faith?

When I came back from a deployment to Iraq, I found out that my employment at my previous job was going to come to an end. Never once did I ever worry about work or provisions for my family. Matthew 6:26 tells us that the Lord feeds the sparrow, and how much more are we worth than them? Just having the job at Covenant was proof that he not only wanted to bless me but he wanted to show his faithfulness to me. When we feel distant from the Lord it is because we moved, not him. He is faithful to us and we should strive to be faithful to him.

 

Describe your experience of the Covenant Community:

Well, it has been wonderful up to this point and I can’t see it being any other way. I consider it a treat to get up each day and make the journey up the mountain.

 

What would you tell someone considering a job at Covenant?

First I would make sure that they weren’t applying for mine and then I would tell them to come on up!

 

 

 

 

Deborah Kirby Deborah Kirby
Associate Professor of Theatre

 

Hometown:

Dallas, Texas

 

What did you do before coming to Covenant?

Legal secretary by day, theater producer, director and actor by night

 

What brought you to Covenant?

I got a call from Camille Hallstrom at just the right time as I had been praying for an opportunity to teach theater on the college level so I could leave legal secretarial work.

 

What is it like teaching at Covenant?

It has been a tremendous experience on so many levels. I am learning every day from the faculty, administration, staff, and, of course, the students. And each day God is teaching and blessing me in both large and small ways.

 

What is your favorite place on campus?

Although I don’t get to spend near enough time there – the library is one of my favorite places on campus. I have always loved libraries and Covenant’s library is no exception.

 

How does your work at Covenant interact with your faith?

I have been a Christian in the world of theater for almost thirty years and have had both struggles and blessings as I tried to remain faithful in that world. I find now, working at Covenant, that I have found a place to share and teach from my experiences.

 

What would you say to someone considering a job at Covenant?

Covenant is a very special and unique place to work. Not only does the most gorgeous scenery around surround us but also the presence of God is felt from every angle of encounter – whether that is from humanity to nature to study. In every area I know that I have been richly and abundantly blessed and I think most people at Covenant feel the same way.

 

 

 

 

Tom Neiles Tom Neiles
Professor of Modern Languages

 

Hometown:

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

 

What did you do before coming to Covenant?

I worked as a teacher of French and German at Annapolis High School (Annapolis, Maryland) for 31 years. At Covenant, I currently teach Elementary German II (102), Advanced German Structure & Stylistics (342), Intermediate French II (202) and French Literature of the Eighteenth Century (352).

 

What brought you to Covenant?

I began teaching at Covenant in the fall of 2000. As a member of a PCA congregation, I knew about Covenant and its great reputation but had never considered teaching here because I did not have a doctoral degree in French or German. When Dr. Jeff Hall called me to consider teaching here, I was absolutely thrilled and could not believe that I was being viewed as a candidate. This would be a dream come true, to teach at a Christian college! Over a two-year period, the College, my family, and I were in prayer and discussion about this major change of events since not everyone was as on board as I was, but when it became very clear that this was indeed God's plan, the wheels were set in motion and the move was made. The opportunity to share my love of French and German with the students of Covenant was simply a gift from the Lord. There is no other way to explain all that was transpiring in the life of the Neiles family.

 

What is it like teaching at Covenant?

Teaching at Covenant is a unique challenge for me, coming from 31 years in the public educational arena. Because of my growing discontentment with the direction of public education in Maryland, the freedom to teach in a nurturing Christian environment was not an aspect of this opportunity which I took for granted. At Covenant one's gifts and interests are actually encouraged. One is viewed as an expert in one's field, even though there is, of course, always so much more to learn and experience. During the interview process I remember being told that the direction of the French and German programs would be under my care. I was thrilled with this responsibility and was – and still am – excited to be a part of the mission of Covenant College.

 

What is your favorite place on campus?

It is really difficult to name one favorite place on campus. I love being with students in class or at meal time as they work their way through the intricacies of language. It is a pleasure to spend time with them in and out of class. One of my surprises at Covenant is knowing that the students actually want to get to know their professors. I hope above all that they are able to see beyond the textbook material to the opportunities which the knowledge of a foreign language opens to them in their lives. God has created language for man to express himself to others: his innermost feelings, his dreams. An American's willingness to humble himself in learning another's language is a wonderful testimony to non-English speakers. (I state specifically the word American because we are seen by others in the world as those often not willing to take the time to learn another's language and culture.)

 

How does your work at Covenant interact with your faith?

There is constant interaction between my work and my faith at Covenant. I am always amazed by the broad band of knowledge and interest, as well as the wisdom of my colleagues and students. I am always challenged to know more about the world around me as topics are discussed and thrown about. One of the great discoveries in my life has been the joy of being challenged here as an individual, in family living, in teaching, in serving others. Each day the Lord provides to me comes with its disappointments and joys, but we know as Christians that what we do with these challenges has much to do with who we are and are becoming in Christ. Knowing that God sent His son to live a sinless life and to die on the cross for my sins, despite my continually rebellious nature, is a constant reminder of God's love and mercy for me. It is my purpose as a teacher not only to instruct but to model before my students a life which reflects my thankfulness to God for His immeasurable grace. It is my hope that a welcoming atmosphere exists in the classroom I share with my students so that the student enjoys learning French or German and is not afraid to ask questions or make mistakes.

Since my arrival at Covenant I have been able, through the generosity and encouragement of the College administration, to complete work for a doctoral degree in French and German from Middlebury College. With this degree the College is now able to provide majors in both languages. Working alongside others to construct a framework for both majors has been a thrilling experience. I have served on the College's athletic committee and social committee and am presently serving on the faculty status committee.

 

What would you say to someone considering a job at Covenant?

Covenant College is a great place to grow, even as an "empty nester" or even in a second career such as mine. The attraction of living in or near Chattanooga is a positive aspect to consider as well. What a pleasure it is to go downtown or into the mountains for an event or simply to walk around! The opportunities to exercise one's faith at Covenant provide one with a Christian community of support and encouragement.

 

 

 

 

Doug Simons Doug Simons
Head Baseball Coach

 

Hometown:

Calabasas, California; now Lookout Mountain, Georgia

 

What do you do at Covenant?

I am the head baseball coach.

 

When did you start working at Covenant?

August 2005

 

 

 

What drew you to Covenant?

I wanted to go to Covenant out of high school, but they didn’t have an intercollegiate baseball program. God brought me back to Covenant to start an intercollegiate baseball program for others like me. The Christian atmosphere is the biggest draw here at Covenant.

 

What is unique about working at Covenant?

Again, the Christian atmosphere is what makes Covenant unique. It’s a small taste of heaven.

 

Favorite place on campus:

The baseball field.

 

What has been your favorite experience working at Covenant?

My favorite experience working at Covenant is getting to know the students and being involved in their lives.

 

What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?

Getting on the field with the team has to be my favorite part of the day.

 

How does your work at Covenant interact with your faith?

It’s one and the same. Working at Covenant is just living out your faith and teaching others to do the same. It’s encouraging being around so many young brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Describe your experience of the Covenant community.

I think Covenant is totally unique to the college experience. We play a lot of Christian colleges and none of them gives off the salt and light like Covenant. I’ve been blessed to be able to work and live in a community like this.

 

What would you tell someone considering a job at Covenant?

If you love Jesus and want to work at a college in some capacity, there is no better place.

 

 

 

 

Amy Smith Amy Smith
Coordinator of Volunteers

 

Hometown:

Odessa, Ukraine

 

What do you do at Covenant?

I serve as the coordinator of volunteers. My job is to connect alumni, parents and friends of Covenant to the College through the giving of their time, connections, and resources. I also oversee the recruitment efforts for the Wilberforce Scholars program.

 

 

When did you start working at Covenant?

2008

 

What drew you to Covenant?

As an alumna, the possibility of working at Covenant had always existed in the back of mind. When the opportunity to return to Covenant arose in 2008, I was drawn to the opportunity to share a place that had been so meaningful to me with others and the opportunity to work with like-minded people towards a common goal. I was particularly drawn to working in the admissions office because I was excited about bringing people to a place where they could be equipped to do amazing work for the Kingdom.

 

What is unique about working at Covenant?

Coming from another work environment to Covenant, I think the most unique thing is the like-minded sense of mission shared by faculty, staff and administration.

 

Favorite place on campus:

As a student, my favorite place was Carter tower. Getting to go up to the top of the tower each Day of Prayer and look out over the campus and the valley are memories I will always treasure. As a staff member, I’ve come to love the benches placed in the nooks and crannies of the campus—a great place for lunch on a sunny day.

 

What has been your favorite experience working at Covenant?

Move-in day every year.

 

What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?

My favorite part of the day at Covenant is midafternoon when the weather is good. Everyone finds an excuse to be outside, and the campus feels alive.

 

How does your work at Covenant interact with your faith?

At Covenant, we continually talk about expressing our motto, “in all things Christ preeminent,” by engaging the head, the heart, and the hands. As the coordinator of volunteers, I am continually challenged and am challenging others to see how they can give of their time to further the kingdom. I also appreciate how present prayer is in our work life at Covenant. I work for and with individuals who are continually seeking the Lord in their actions.

 

Describe your experience of the Covenant community.

My experience with the Covenant community has been unique. Growing up on the mission field, I knew what it was like to be a part of a small group of people working towards a common end, but coming to Covenant has expanded that concept for me. The community at Covenant really seeks to care for not only the individuals but their souls.

 

What would you tell someone considering a job at Covenant?

I would tell them that to work at Covenant you need to not only be passionate about the work you are doing but passionate about what Covenant is doing.

 

 

 

 

Pauline Snyder Pauline Snyder
Facilities Services Support Staff

 

Hometown:

Savannah, Georgia

 

What do you do at Covenant?

I’m a housekeeping supervisor of work-study and practical-service students in Brock Hall and the library.

 

What drew you to Covenant?

My daughter started working here during the summer program. At the time I was working for myself, doing housekeeping. My daughter told me about the summer program and told me that I would definitely love it if I came and tried out for a job. I was hired for the summer program. At the end of that first summer, I wanted to work here so badly, because I had fallen in love with this place, so I went to the kitchen to see if they needed help and worked there for a while. The next summer I applied again to the summer program. At the end of that summer, in August 2000, they hired me full time.

 

What is unique about working at Covenant?

The people and the community here and the spiritual part of Covenant is special. I love working with the students, especially the freshmen that are just coming in. It’s the first time away from home for many of them, and I like helping them transition into life at Covenant.

 

Favorite place on campus:

Room 313 in Brock Hall, in the morning, while the sun is rising.

 

What has been your favorite experience working at Covenant?

Getting through to students how important it is to have God in their lives. They need to know that God brought them here for a reason and how important it is to find out what that reason is and take it with them when they leave.

 

What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?

Seven o’clock in the morning, when I walk through the door, and my students that are supposed to be at work are at work. I know then that I’ve gotten through to them how important it is to be responsible.

 

How does your work at Covenant interact with your faith?

I get to talk with students about God all the time and share stories about how God has worked in my life. I’ve had students who read the Bible in my office with me, and we work out a lot of life problems together.

 

Describe your experience of the Covenant community.

They’re the most loving and caring group of people that I have ever worked with. I go to the same church with several of them, and our church relationship carries over into work here. The carry-over makes it like family.

 

What would you tell someone considering a job at Covenant?

To me, Covenant is like a little piece of heaven up here on the mountain. I can’t think of another job I would want to have. I feel as if I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing exactly what I am supposed to do, and I am truly grateful.