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Meet the Center for Calling & Career Staff

John Plating

John Plating
Director of the Center for Calling & Career

Ph.D., History, The Ohio State University
B.S., History, United States Air Force Academy


John Plating leads the college’s Center for Calling & Career by serving as the office’s director and external interface, working with corporations, agencies, & organizations both locally and nationally to establish internships and vocational opportunities for Covenant students. He has a profound esteem for the value and strength of a Christian liberal arts education as being foundational in shaping the lives of Covenant students, students who will go forward and shape the world of the next generation.

Prior to coming to Covenant, John worked as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the academic component at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He also served as an associate professor of history, with specialties in military history and the history of technology, with his main published work covering the history of “the Hump,” the largest airlift operation of World War II.  John was a senior pilot in the US Air Force, where he flew as an instructor and C-130 transport pilot, logging combat flying time during US military operations in the Balkans in the late 1990s. While stationed in Germany, he directed the airlift of nuclear weapons throughout the European theater.



Leda Goodman

Leda Goodman
Assistant Director of the Center for Calling & Career

Certified Professional Resume Writer
Certified Career Transitions Coach
Entrepreneurship Certificate - Academic Program Coordinator
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies: Math, Education & Psychology, Covenant College, ‘90


Leda Goodman offers guidance to students and alumni as they identify avenues for using their skills, gifts, and desires to meet needs in the world around them. As a professional resume writer and career transitions coach, she shares insight on how to explore career options, ask questions relevant to unique student interests and goals, and communicate clearly and professionally.

Leda enjoys helping people effectively communicate their stories with targeted audiences, including, but not limited to potential employers, graduate schools, and business professionals. Prior to returning to Covenant in this capacity, she traveled the country as a recruiter and managed systems in various types of business, a non-profit, a christian school, and a wholesale and retail company. When she isn’t teaching students, she can be found in the entrepreneurial world, collaborating with others, contributing to the family coffee business, and cheering global coffee growers on in their craft. She is married to Ian Goodman ’96, and they have two children, Cosi, ‘18, and Xaverie. They all enjoy being part of a family business that seeks to make every day better for people in Chattanooga and around the world.



Kate Raiford

Kate Raiford
ScotsWork Communications Coordinator

BA Communications, Anderson University
Opera Performance, Indiana University


Kate Raiford administrates the ScotsWork program, focused on campus-wide and community service student employment opportunities for current students. Seeing the workplace as a place of spiritual formation, enables her to communicate an understanding that student employment goes beyond wages earned. She oversees all of the federal regulations associated with student employment and works to make sure students are paid for their work.

Given that the majority of our lives are spent at work, it is a primary place to develop our minds, renew our thoughts, and exercise our abilities to glorify God more fully. Her goal is to assist students, while also supporting supervisors, as they mentor students in daily work practices. She endeavors to embrace the Hebrew word Avodah, which means “work, worship, service,” by modeling work that is honest, timely, and valuable to the college. 

Prior to coming to Covenant, Kate worked in the arts as an actress, opera singer, and international tour manager. She has served as an events manager and development officer, writing grants and securing funding for a non-profit in Denver, CO. She was also employed by the Southeast Development District to administer and audit federal funding for non-profits in the state of Tennessee. Kate has three children and is a founding and active member of North Shore Fellowship in Chattanooga.


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