Pastor John M Kelley
Born and raised in Minnesota, Reverend John Kelley earned a Masters of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, MN, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary of Decatur, GA. John pastored in western North Carolina for 18 years, followed by 18 years as Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church (PCA), Paris TX. He is certified as an instructor for Evangelism Explosion and Greenhouse Bible Study. He has been on several short-term mission trips to Mexico, Eastern Europe, Nigeria, Israel, Haiti and other locations. He retired to southwest Florida three years ago and recently moved to Surprise, AZ. John and Dana have been married for 10 years. They have three children and one grandchild.
Rev. Dr. John Evans
Rev. Dr. John Evans has accepted a call from Covenant Presbyterian Church in America. He will begin his pastoral journey with us in September 2017.
Pastor John Evans was born in North Carolina and grew up in Indiana as the son and grandson of ministers. For 20 years he and his wife Elizabeth worked with the African Church in leadership training. John spent six years of pastoral ministry in the USA, after which they moved to Zambia to join the faculty of the Theological College of Central Africa. There John served as lecturer (1997–2007), Registrar (1998–2001), and Academic Dean (2001–2007). Elizabeth taught freshman English in the college, and Bible in the student “Wives’ Programme.” Leaving Zambia in 2008 because of air pollution and resultant health problems, they were visiting lecturers at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary in Windhoek (January–June 2008).
In 2009 John and Elizabeth moved to Kenya, where John taught for eight years in the Biblical Studies Department at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, eventually heading that department. He is a graduate of The Stony Brook School in New York; Calvin College (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv and ThM); and Universiteit van Stellenbosch (DTh), with post-doctoral studies in Cambridge, England.
The Evanses have three children: Martyn, Grace Elisabeth (Schroeder), and Daniel. They are blessed, too, with a beautiful grandson, Cole, born in 2016. John says he feels “very honored indeed” to be called to pastor Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Elder Tom Helgerson
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Elder Lance Melson
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Elder Alan Pitts
Alan Pitts grew up in Pleasant Grove, a suburb of Birmingham, graduating from the University of Alabama with a Master’s degree in History. He began attending Briarwood Presbyterian Church in 1980 and met his future wife Ginger in the Twenty-Five and Alive ministry. They married in 1984 and have two sons; Geoffrey and Eric. During his career, Alan designed software for churches, telephone companies, banks, commercial insurance and construction businesses. Alan and Ginger supported several different ministries at Briarwood; Alan serving as a Deacon twelve years, while Ginger taught a number of women’s studies. Alan and Ginger came to Phoenix and joined Covenant in 2010, Alan becoming a Ruling Elder in January 2012. He enjoys college football, movies, family research and American history.
Elder Ed Wolf
Ed Wolf and his wife, Alice, were both born and raised in Erie, PA. They attended and were active in the same Lutheran Church, graduated from the same high school, yet only began dating after Ed was medically discharged from the Navy. They married in 1949. Ed studied at Buckner University and graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and later took an Economics course at Purdue. He worked as a machinist, tool and die maker, owned a wholesale flower business, sold it and went into Life Insurance sales, retiring in 2001. Alice worked county Treasurer’s office, became the youngest deputy County Treasurer in PA. She resigned to become a full-time mom to their only child, Eric. Ed enjoyed working with the Gideon Ministry. He was also a tour guide at the Shriner’s Hospital, and President of the Motorcycle Corps. Ed and Alice moved to Sun City West in November 2001. They joined Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2003, where Ed became an Elder of the church. Alice is active in the Covenant Presbyterian Choir and the Women in the Church ministry.
Deacon Charles Barton
Charles “Chuck” Barton lived in Fort Worth TX until age nine. His family then moved to Kansas, Colorado and eventually California. Graduating from Oakland High School in 1951, he served four years in the U.S. Navy. He later earned a business degree from East Los Angeles Community College.
Chuck married Audrey Taplin In October 1955 and enjoyed 57 years together, having a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. Chuck and Audrey lived in Scottsdale, Tucson, Payson and Sun City West. They moved from Payson to Salem OR in 2006, coming back to Sun City West two years later. While in the wholesale apparel business Chuck traveled California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Hawaii.
Losing Audrey in February 2013, Chuck later decided to become a permanent resident here. He met Marjorie Barchenger at Covenant where they married in February 2015. Elected as a deacon, Chuck also serves as church treasurer. When not working at church, Chuck plays golf and enjoys time with friends and family.
Deacon Don Duncan
Don Duncan is a native son of Texas who grew up in Olathe KS. Graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute of Technology), Don was employed by General Motors for thirty-eight years. He worked as Maintenance General Supervisor, Superintendent of Tools and Manufacturing engineering, and finally Superintendent of Research and Development for high performance rare earth magnets. Married for fifty-four years, Don and Ilma have three daughters, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. After retirement, Don and Ilma moved to Surprise AZ in 2007. They joined Covenant in 2010, where Don has been serving as Deacon since 2013. His many hobbies include designing, building and flying model airplanes; bicycling and classic automobile restoration.
Deacon Mike Sundell
Mike Sundell became a Deacon of Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2016. Born in Pennsylvania, Mike has been sales manager and company owner, working in Des Moines IA, Toledo OH, Greenville SC and elsewhere during a long and successful business career. Mike and Denyse married in 1984 and moved to Sun City West in 2014. At last count Mike and Denyse have 10 children, 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren!