Hays McKay has been at Covenant for over 20 years. The church has experienced growth with over 1600 attending services. Hays has a deep passion for people coming to Christ and living out their lives calling in the world. Covenant is recognized as one of the top 20 churches in the United Methodist church in growth. Hays and his wife, Mara, have a daughter, Lindsey, a son, Trey, their daughter-in-law, Abby, and one granddaughter, Lilly Grant.