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Alumni of the Year: J. Render ’69 & Linda Jackson Caines ’69

Render and Linda Caines have loved Covenant well since they were both students. As members of the Class of 1969, they have pioneered what it means to be a Scot. Their commitment to exploring and expressing the preeminence of Jesus Christ is seen through their service to the church, to the Covenant College community, and to their family.


Render has served on the board of trustees since 1985, and is an advocate for Covenant College everywhere he goes. He has pastored several PCA churches, and was the founding pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga in 1988. Linda has faithfully served along with Render for many years. She is regularly seen at Covenant board functions, and, while her children were at Covenant, she was an avid Scots fan. All six of Render and Linda’s children, as well as some of their spouses, attended Covenant.



Six years ago, Marshall ’08 and Katherine Whitmire Teague ’06 thought they would spend the rest of their lives in Oregon. Today they live on Lookout Mountain, where they operate a sustainable farm called EdenThistle.

95% of alumni are active members or regular attenders of a local church

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