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Covenant Presbyterian Church Leadership & Staff

If you are looking for a church home, please consider Covenant Presbyterian Church. Here you will find a wealth of teaching, warm fellowship, and opportunities to grow in your Christian walk. To learn more about us, please talk to Pastor John or one of the elders.

Dr. John F. Evans, Teaching Elder and Pastor

John Evans 300Dr. John F. Evans was called as the church pastor in 2016 while he and his wife, Elizabeth, were serving on the mission field in Nairobi, Kenya. They joined us in September 2017.

Born in North Carolina, Pastor John grew up in Indiana as the son and grandson of ministers. At the age of 18, while attending a boarding school, he gave his heart to the Lord Jesus. In the years following, he married Elizabeth, began seminary, and spent six years of pastoral ministry in the USA. The Evanses’ life together took a real turn in 1997 as they became missionaries to Africa to help the Church with leadership training. Initially they moved to Zambia, joining 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 at the college, and Bible in the student “Wives’ Programme.” Leaving Zambia in 2008, they were visiting lecturers at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Rounding out their missionary career, John and Elizabeth moved to Kenya in 2009, where he 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 University of Stellenbosch (DTh), with post-doctoral studies in Cambridge, England. He has authored two books: A Guide to Biblical Commentaries & Reference Works (Zondervan, 2016), and what he jokes is a "hopelessly arcane" study of Ezekiel’s recognition formulas (Eisenbrauns, 2019). As a missionary in Kenya, Elizabeth loved leading Bible studies and worked with HIV+ women.

The Evanses have three children and are blessed with two precious little grandsons. Pastor John says he feels “very honored indeed” to serve Covenant Presbyterian Church. He adds, “I aim to put God first and closely follow Jesus my Savior. For a preacher like me, that especially means loving the church, and being faithful to God’s word — all out of gratitude for God’s grace in my own life.” His life ministry verse is 2 Corinthians 4:5: “We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”

Don't let his degrees frighten you off. He is really down to earth and approachable! We are blessed to have a pastor with this level of academic achievement. Come hear him preach and teach and you will appreciate it too.

Officers

Covenant Presbyterian Church is governed by a session of ruling elders, who meet with the pastor in overseeing and maintaining the spiritual government of the church , along with the board of deacons, who manage our facilities, financial operations and minister to those who are in need.

Officers

Ruling Elders

Greg Bulawa

Greg Bulawa was raised in Connecticut and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966. He served over 8 years active duty. He has a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. He retired from the VA in 2010 after 25 years of service and moved from Indiana to Arizona in October 2010.

Greg gave in to the calling of the Holy Spirit in March 1984. He became first a lay speaker and then a part-time pastor in The Church of the Brethren for two years; he also taught Sunday School. In 1984 he discovered Calvinism. Greg and his wife Karen met in Arizona and were married December 2011. They began attending Covenant in 2012 and became members in June 2013. Greg was ordained and installed an elder in March 2018.

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.

Deacons

Charles “Chuck” 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.

Audrey passed away in February 2013, and 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 has also served as church treasurer. When not working at church, Chuck plays golf and enjoys time with friends and family.

Lawrence Coldon

Lawrence Coldon is a retired Technical Specialist, who worked for Compass Learning Inc. as lead project manager in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With his computer expertise, he managed a major three-year data integration project for LAUSD. Lawrence is married to Goldia, and they have a daughter.

His Christian experience began at an early age, as his Mother insisted on her children’s inclusion in all Christian services. Lawrence continues to grow in his faith and Christian experience. He has long been active in the Gideons International, and in the churches the Coldons have attended. Lawrence was a Sunday School teacher at McCarty Memorial Church in Los Angeles, was ordained a deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Bakersfield, CA, and elected a deacon at Covenant in March 2018.

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.

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!

Staff

Ginger Pitts, Office Manager

Ginger Pitts serves as Covenant Presbyterian Church’s Office Manager. She enjoys participating in the Women’s Ministry at Covenant and was formerly President of Covenant’s Women in the Church (WIC) Ministry. She came to Arizona in 2010 with her husband, Alan. Ginger had been a life-long resident of Birmingham, Alabama, and a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 1985.

A graduate of Auburn University (B.A. in Business), Ginger is an avid Auburn football fan. Before coming to Arizona, Ginger taught women’s Bible Studies at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Her career included being an instructor at a career college and an appointment as a Voter Registrar in Shelby County for the State of Alabama. She has also been employed in software training and support.

Ginger married Alan Pitts in 1984, and they have two grown sons. When not at work, Ginger can be found reading, playing cards with friends, enjoying movies, and watching Auburn football with the Greater Phoenix Auburn Club.

June Ruyle, Organist

June Ruyle came to Covenant in October 2012. She has a background of playing church organs most of her life. June especially loves the hymns and gospel songs used in the evangelical churches where she has played. Ten years previous to Covenant she was the organist for a Lutheran church and still enjoys using Advent, Lent, and Easter hymns seasonally.

Along with music June has dedicated much of her time to church librarianship. She served a Lutheran day school as librarian and board member for seven years before moving to Arizona. She is an avid advocate for utilizing small group Bible studies as a way to reach neighbors and introduce them to the Good News. In these groups the Bible is openly discussed and leaders are trained to include those who appear to have questions, which oftentimes sparks further discussion.

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