Thomas has served as Covenant Presbyterian’s senior pastor since 2014.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Thomas graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina and then spent two years teaching English in Japan, where he met his wife, Beth.
Thomas attended Columbia Theological Seminary, earning a Masters of Divinity in 2003 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2011.
While in seminary, he serve as the director of college ministry at North Avenue Presbyterian Church and went on to become the congregation’s associate pastor of evangelism. He has also served as co-pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, IL, as well as organizing co-pastor of an Atlanta church plant called Kairos Church, which quickly grew from seven to more than 300 people.
Thomas enjoys jogging and walks with his family. When he’s kicking back, you’ll find him cheering on the Atlanta Falcons or watching Friday Night Lights, The Crown, or Stranger Things. Thomas and Beth have two daughters, Miriam Grace and Hannah Joy.
Jill joined Covenant in 2007.
She grew up in Florida and made a public profession of faith as a teenager during confirmation in a Methodist church. In college, God used the surprising avenue of a sorority to reveal the reality of his presence to her.
Jill graduated from Auburn University in Alabama in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and started her career as a systems analyst.
In 1992, God’s unexpectedly called Jill to lead youth and family ministries in Huntsville, AL. After a decade of full-time youth ministry, Jill attended Fuller Seminary, graduating in 2006 with a Master of Divinity degree. She served in caring ministries at Bel Air Presbyterian in Los Angeles for three years before joining Covenant.
Jill is a habitual tea drinker, loves to go on walks, and enjoys new experiences and travel. She’s passionate about the things she knows are important to God’s heart. She values people of all ages and loves the diversity of people in our world. Jill’s desire is to follow Christ faithfully and obediently wherever He leads, sharing God’s love with those around her.
Beth McMullen Daniel
Beth has served as Covenant’s Parish Associate for Older Adults since 2015.
Born and raised in the coal-mining valleys of South Wales, Beth received a Bachelor of Science from the European Business Management School at the University of Wales, Swansea.
She intended to live and teach in Japan for a year before pursuing her MBA in Wales. But God had a different plan. She met Thomas, married, and moved to Atlanta, GA. While there, she earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Beth has served as a director of Christian education, associate pastor for discipleship, and co-founder and co-pastor of a new church development. She’s led retreats, courses, and classes—particularly for women’s groups—and has taught both Greek and Hebrew.
She and Thomas have two daughters, Hannah Joy and Miriam Grace. Beth enjoys time with her family, traveling, and watching Welsh rugby. She drinks too much British tea and knows the lyrics (and the dance moves) to most 80s songs.
Allen Hilton is Covenant’s Theologian in Residence. This two-year position will enable Allen, known for his work uniting people from across the aisle, to walk with the Covenant family during the 2024 presidential election.
Allen earned his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and his PhD from Yale University. He taught New Testament at St. Mary’s College of California and at Yale Divinity School before answering the call to be a pastor. He served as a pastor for over 15 years, working at churches in Connecticut, Washington, Minnesota and Arizona.
Allen realized sometime around 2015 from his work in both the academic world and in churches the nation was coming apart at the seams. He launched a consulting business to help groups embrace and learn from their differences, and is the Executive Director of House United, a non-profit initiative he founded in 2016. He travels around the nation to help people in churches, schools, corporate teams and other groups learn to collaborate and build community, even though they vote differently in elections. Allen’s book, “A House United: How the Church Can Save the World,” suggests that faith communities should be an active part of the solution to political polarization.
Allen was introduced to Covenant through his Courageous Conversations, which he led on campus in the fall of 2022, and continues that work as a staff member. He is also part of the preaching team, leads Sunday School classes, and works with leaders of small groups and Bible studies. Finally, he works with staff members to help them develop their departments.
An Austinite since 2017, Allen likes to plan creative dates with his wife, Liz. They have two sons, Isaac and Sam, and a labradoodle named Winston. Allen is a golfer, which he considers to be both fun and part of his spiritual growth plan. He is a fan of good detective fiction and the West Wing.
Senior Pastor & Moderator of Session