The Role of the Covenant Board of Trustees
Authority and responsibility for the successful operation of the school begins with the Board of Trustees. The Board sets policy and a budget, and gives authority to the Head of School to administer these policies and to employ the necessary staff to implement them. The Head of School, in turn, delegates authority and assigns responsibility to the Staff and Faculty. This network of authority and responsibility is Covenant Academy’s chain of accountability for both job performance and communication.
Board of Trustees Directory
Rob grew up in Sherman, Texas and during his freshman year in college, came to know Christ through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1994 and has worked in public accounting, performing audits of hospitals and other not-for-profit organizations. Since 2006, Rob has worked for Houston Methodist Hospital in the supply chain management department.
Cathy and Rob have been married since 2003 and have three sons, Witt (Class of 2022), Charlie (Class of 2026), and Sam (Class of 2034). They are members of Houston’s First Baptist Church, where Rob serves as a Deacon, and where Rob and Cathy both teach third grade life Bible study. They have attended Covenant since 2016 and are beyond grateful to be part of the Covenant community.
Andy grew up in Kingwood, attended Texas A&M University, and graduated with a Petroleum Engineering degree in 1995. Leigh and Andy were married in 1999, and spent their first fifteen years of marriage in Midland, Texas. In 2014 the company that he worked for closed their Midland office, and they relocated to join the Houston office. Andy is now the COO of Escondido Resources, an oil and gas company focused on drilling and producing natural gas in the South Texas area.
Leigh and Andy have three children, Jack (Class of 2021), Abby (Class of 2025), and Sam (Class of 2025) who began attending Covenant Academy the fall of 2014. They have grown to love Covenant Academy, the teachers, staff, Mrs. Collins, and the parents and can think of no better place for their kids to be learning about God’s plan for their lives. He is excited about the bright future and amazing leaders that this school is creating in obedience to God.
Currently residing in Cypress, Texas, Michael Gaines is a professional communicator and speaker, with a majority of his experience coming from leading broad domestic and international communications strategies for Fortune 500 energy sector companies.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from LeTourneau University, a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University, and is a graduate of NOV Ventures – a joint Technology Commercialization program between NOV Inc. and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Michael came to understand his need for a Savior and accepted Christ at the age of 11. He was later baptized at his then-home church Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Michael and his wife, Rachel, were married in 2008 at Second Baptist Church in Houston, where they currently attend the Cypress campus. Michael is an ordained deacon in the church and has directed and taught in bible study classes since joining Second Baptist. They have two daughters, Emily (Class of 2032), and Madison (Class of 2034), who both attend Covenant. Michael is fully aligned with the Covenant Academy mission of serving Christ and His Kingdom by sharing the Gospel and partnering with parents to train students by way of Scripture and the classical liberal arts.
Dr. Steven L. Jones is a long-time friend and advisory board member of Covenant Academy. He currently serves as the Teaching and Training Pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. In addition to serving at Kingsland, Steve is a professor of Medical Terminology at Rice University, and has held previous faculty appointments at Houston Baptist University, Trinity University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University.
Steve holds a BA in Greek and Latin from Baylor University, an MA in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Steve and his wife Tamber have six children: Bethany, Rachel, Hannah, Madelyn, Asa and Ezra. When not reading, studying, or teaching, he enjoys taking road-trips with his family, watching baseball or football (whichever is in season), drinking ice-cold Dr. Pepper, eating hamburgers, and showing off his parallel-parking skills.