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Senior Administration

Covenant College President Brad Voyles

Dr. Brad Voyles

Brad Voyles was elected as Covenant College’s seventh president in 2023 after having served as the vice president for student development and dean of students at Covenant College since 2005. Prior to Covenant, Brad served as the dean of students at Belhaven College.

Brad earned an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University, a M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, a M.S.Ed. in educational administration from Southern Illinois University, and a B.A. in biological sciences from DePauw University. As president, Brad directs the college’s strategic plans, leads the cabinet, and reports to the board of trustees.

Brad and his wife, Kelli, have three children, Coby, Will, and Cate, all of whom attended or are attending Covenant College. The Voyles family belongs to Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church where Brad serves as a ruling elder.



Vice President for Development Marc Erickson

Marc M. Erickson CFP
Vice President

Marc Erickson is vice president for development at Covenant College and executive director of the Covenant College Foundation.

In his capacity as vice president for development, Marc oversees alumni relations, church relations, development, and planned giving. He has led the Covenant College Foundation since 2010. Marc holds a B.A. in business from Covenant College and has previous sales and management experience with Northwestern Mutual and BB&T Huffaker Trimble.

Marc and his wife, Greta, have three children, Grace, Wally, and Mack, and are members of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where Marc serves as an elder.



stephanie formenti

Stephanie Formenti
Vice President for Student Development

Stephanie Formenti is vice president for student development where she oversees residence life, student life, athletics, student success, and health services. She cares deeply about the formation of students and previously served in the chapel department at Covenant for 6 years where she led discipleship initiatives. She graduated from Covenant College with a B.A. in history and then went on to earn a Masters in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary. 

Stephanie and her husband, Gustavo, have three children, Gabi, Lucas and Jonny. She is a member at New City Fellowship East Lake where her husband is a pastor.



Vice President for Academic Affairs Collin Messer

Dr. H. Collin Messer
Vice President

A native of Laurens, South Carolina, H. Collin Messer earned his B.A. in English Literature from Emory University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his training and research focused on 20th-century American literature and the literature of the American South.  From 2006-2022 Collin taught American literature and humanities at Grove City College.  During his time at Grove City, he took on increasing levels of administrative responsibility, from chairing the English department to serving as Assistant Dean in the College’s Calderwood School of Arts and Letters.

Collin and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for 27 years.  Together they have been blessed with three children, Camille (Covenant College ’21), Grace, and Mac.



Grant Lowe - Chaplain

Grant Lowe

Grant comes to Covenant from Pasadena, California, where he most recently served as the coordinator of campus ministries at Providence Christian College. His call to campus ministry follows thirteen years of pastoral ministry—ten of those serving as senior pastor of Second Congregational Church in Peabody, Massachusetts, and three as a pastor of Grace Pasadena, a PCA church plant in Pasadena, California.

Since coming to faith through reading the gospels in college, Grant has remained passionate about God’s word and its ability to transform hearts and minds. He is devoted to faithful, expository preaching and has a deep appreciation and love for the Lord’s church. Ordained as a teaching elder in the PCA, Grant most recently served on the credentials committee in the Pacific Presbytery.

Grant graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in English literature and received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sandi, who is also a University of Kansas graduate and holds an M.A. in church history from Gordon-Conwell, have been married twenty years and have two daughters, Henri and Flannery. Having lived all over the country, this is the Lowes’ first time to dwell in the land of sweet tea and banana pudding.



Sarah Huffines - Moderator of the Faculty, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Writing Center

Dr. Sarah Huffines
Faculty Moderator

Sarah Huffines is an associate professor of English, the director of the writing program, and the moderator of the faculty at Covenant College.

Originally from Florida, she has a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Pennsylvania State University, and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. She has been on the faculty at Covenant since 2006.

Sarah and her husband, Mark, have two sons: Simon and Wendell. They are members at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.



karen nelson

Dr. Karen Nelson
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Karen K. Nelson, Ph.D. is Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness. In addition, she is the Accreditation Liaison and occasionally teaches courses in natural science and biology. Karen received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in molecular biology and did her post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Karen is married with two children and is a member of Mountain Fellowship Church (PCA).

Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor


  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor


  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor


  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Community Development minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor


  • Economics 
  • Economics minor


  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration


  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History, Politics, and International Studies

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • International Studies 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 


  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor


  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor


  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor


  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 


  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor


  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor


  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor