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Covenant to Co-Host Leadership Development Resource Weekend

During Labor Day weekend, August 29-31, 2014, Covenant will co-host the annual African American Leadership Development Resource Weekend (LDR) in Chattanooga, TN. Sponsored by the PCA’s African American Ministries, the weekend provides an opportunity for African American pre-college, college, and seminary students to come together for a time of fellowship and encouragement. While intentionally focused on African Americans, all Christians are welcomed to attend the weekend.


The theme for the weekend is Life on Life: Catching the Vision, and will feature speakers from around the country. Plenary speakers include Rev. Mike Jones, pastor of Harvest Community Church in Birmingham, AL; Rev. Tony Myles, associate pastor at New City Fellowship in St. Louis, MO; and Rev. Kevin Smith, senior pastor of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN. In addition to these main speakers, the weekend will include panel discussions, times of worship, and opportunities for fellowship.


During the weekend, three PCA pastors from St. Louis, MO, will serve on a panel in the Covenant College chapel to discuss the recent events in Ferguson, and how they have affected the church. Rev. Tony Myles, pastor of New City Fellowship; Rev. Thurman Williams, pastor of Grace & Peace; and Rev. Mike Higgins, pastor of South City Church and dean of students at Covenant Seminary will serve on the panel. The panel discussion will take place on Saturday, August 30, at 3:30 p.m. This portion of the weekend is free and open to the public. 


The LDR weekend is made possible through collaboration between Covenant College, the PCA’s African American Ministries, New City Fellowship, New City Network, Covenant Seminary, and RTS Jackson. 


“Last year was my first time attending the LDR weekend and I am so glad that I did,” said Charles Lewis, Covenant College admissions representative and member of the LDR planning committee. “Working for the denomination’s college and having the hope of one day becoming a pastor in the PCA, it was a great time of encouragement as I was able to see and hear how God is at work in the PCA’s African American community. It has been an honor serving on the planning committee for this year’s conference.”


To view a full schedule and register for the weekend, visit