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Our Directional Leadership Team works together to shape the vision and direction of Covenant Church and all its campuses.

Branson Sheets
Bill Jacobs
Carl Price
Ivela Dickens
Jay Buckingham
Jeremy Griffin
Melissa Norris
Tonya Edwards

Pastor’s Advisory Team

Branson Sheets
Darlynn Sakowski
Emily Rouse
Herb Ormond
John Savage
Mary Price
Rob Hall

Church Council

Oversees and votes on matters of church policy. The Council also sets goals and the direction for the church.

Andy Herdman // Chairperson
Mike Taylor // Vice-Chair
Sarah Williams // Secretary
Gordon Douglas // Treasurer
Taplie Coile // Lay Member – Annual Conference
Buddy Holt // Lay Member – Annual Conference
Debbie James // Lay Member – Annual Conference
Donald Askew // Alt. Lay Member – Annual Conference #1
Nathan White // Alt. Lay Member – Annual Conference #2
Jordan Sheets // Alt. Lay Member – Annual Conference #3

Chairpersons of Administrative Teams:
Seed Casters: Heather White
Trustees: Dale Hamm
Staff Parish: Gary Bass
Finance: Ronnie Smith

At Large Members to the Council
Jeff Clark
Trisha Jackson
Rebecca Vlk
Alex Pappas

Staff Representatives
Branson Sheets // Lead Pastor
Bill Jacobs // Director of Campus Operations
Ivela Dickens // Director of Finance

Trustees Team

The Trustees are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of church property. In addition to taking care of the building and property, this team reviews insurance policies, building use policies, etc.

Dale Hamm // Chairperson
Amanda Garris
Pat DeSutter
Tyler Averett
Frank Brown
Jeff Gise
Paul Mobley
Mike Richardson
Ann Marie Holder

Staff Representatives
Bill Jacobs // Director of Campus Operations

Lay Leadership Team

Branson Sheets // Chairperson
Sid Bradsher
Meredith Briley
Dale Williamson
Pam Frutiger
Emma Bircher
H.B. Moore
Page Aman
Tori Burnett
Bill Lennartz

Missions/Outreach Team (Seedcasters)

Heather White // Chairperson
Teff Sheets
Steve Hamstead
Kay Westbrook
Dave Ryan
Cindy Nicholson
Matt Porter
Louis Groom
Elizabeth Shirley
West Williams

Personnel Team (SPPRC)

All personnel issues are overseen by the SPPRC including hiring, discharging and performance reviews. SPPRC is charged with monitoring and facilitating the relationship between the congregation and its staff members.

Gary Bass // Chairperson
Bill Jacobs // Staff Representative

Sarah Lilley
Kirk Waddell
Kevin Parker
Cheri Hessert
Hannah Deis
Marty Vainright
Laura Respess
Cal Christian

Finance Team

Responsibilities of the Finance Team include reviewing the church budget, providing guidance to the treasurer, and making recommendations to the Council about the use of funds.

Ronnie Smith // Chairperson
Heath Nisbet
Trey Quinn
Patrick Porter
Charlotte Shelton
Chris Smith
Bryan Lee
Rita Galbraith
George Stamper

Extended Finance Team
Andy Herdman // Chairperson for Council
Gary Bass // Chairperson for SPPRC
Dale Hamm // Chairperson for Trustees

Staff Representative
Ivela Dickens // Director of Finance

Our core values

worshipful living

A dedication to passionate devotion and intentional obedience. Jesus said that the Father is seeking those who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. We must practice a life of worship that invites the presence of Jesus into all that we are and do. (John 4:19-26; Romans 12:1-5; Exodus 15:1-21; Hebrews 13:15-16; Psalm 100; Matthew 25:34-40; Matthew 6:19-24, 33)

humble service

A calling to be generous towards God and others. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. He modeled a servant life not only with His disciples, but also with society’s lost, outcast and oppressed. Accordingly, we follow His example. (Mark 10:42-45; Philippians 2:1-11; John 13:1-17; John 12:20-26; Isaiah 53: 1-12; Matthew 15:34-40; Matthew 20:26-28)

authentic relationships

A commitment to respect and integrity. Jesus’ relationships were honest and genuine. We too are compelled to relate honestly with those inside and outside the church. In so doing, we are refreshed and encouraged by our love for one another. (Acts 2:40-47; 1 Thessalonians 2:4-8; John 11:17-37; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 4:25-32; Hebrews 10:24-25)

loving compassion

A command to look beyond ourselves. Jesus looked at broken humanity through the eyes of love and compassion and came to give His life away. We are called to see the world from God’s perspective and give ourselves away as messengers of salvation, hope and healing. (Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 15:11-32; John 15:9-17; Colossians 3:12-14; 2 Samuel 9:1-13; Ruth 2:1-16)

empowering others

A process for equipping and sending Christ’s followers. Jesus intentionally modeled, trained and empowered people to be disciple-makers. He has given us His Holy Spirit and commissioned us go to the ends of the earth. Accordingly, all of us as ordinary people are compelled to be prepared and empowered to accomplish a divine mission. (2 Timothy 2:1-7; Acts 6:1-4; John 21:15-25; Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:11-12; Nehemiah 2:17-18; Acts 18:24-28)

ministering together

A strategy for accomplishing God’s plan on earth. Jesus commissioned His followers in groups and teams as they went out with His authority to preach, teach, heal and care for those in need. We have been given different gifts and have been designed to work together for the fulfillment of the kingdom of God. (Luke 10:1-3; Nehemiah 3:1-32; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 16:1-6; Matthew 10:1-20; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 1 Corinthians 12:1-27)

Our bedrock beliefs

Almighty God

The loving Creator who offers a covenant relationship with all humankind. We believe in one God-the creator of all things – infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ

The reigning Savior who overcomes the sins of the world. We believe in Jesus Christ our Lord – Son of God – who was born of the virgin Mary; died on the cross; was physically resurrected; rescuing us from sin and providing us the only way to abundant and eternal life with God.

Holy Spirit

The empowering Presence of God who indwells believers. We believe in the Holy Spirit – the active presence of God – who sustains and helps disciples live as obedient followers of Christ. We affirm the fruit of the Spirit as Christ-like characteristics that are increasingly evident in maturing disciples. We also affirm gifts given by the Spirit that uniquely equip believers to minister within the church and world.

The Holy Bible

The authoritative guide that reveals God’s plan for humanity. We believe the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments is the divinely inspired Word of God, completely trustworthy, the final and supreme authority, recorded with accuracy by authors who were inspired by God through His Spirit to perceive God’s truth.


The gift of undeserved grace that is received by faith in Christ. We believe that humankind was created for a relationship with God, but separated from Him by sin. Only through repentance, faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation are persons reconciled with God.

The Church

The called community of Christ’s followers that is commissioned to transform the world. We believe that the church – the community of God’s people – is called to love God first, invite all to salvation, equip disciples for urgent mission and work together as the hands and feet of Christ in the world.

The Great Commandment

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

The Great Commission

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” Matthew 28:18-20.