Session is the governing body for Covenant. This group of elders is elected by the congregation to make decisions on Covenant’s behalf. Covenant’s Session meets on the third Tuesday of every month. If you need to contact an elder or want to know what’s going on in Session, you’ve come to the right place.
Cheryl Banks and family (three children) joined Covenant in 2001. She and her husband Bill attended the AGAPE Sunday school class, taught preschool Sunday school classes and now enjoy the Oasis class. Cheryl loves her Sarah-Elizabeth Circle, serving as circle chair and PW Moderator-Elect and Moderator. She helps coordinate many Manos de Cristo events, rings in ProMusica Handbells and sings in the Sanctuary Choir. Cheryl is an original member of the Zambia Mission team and continues to be an active on the Zambia Action Committee. She is a licensed physician. Cheryl is
Cheryl is liaison to the Stewardship Committee.
Dustin Johnson and his wife Amy have been Covenant members since 2012, and are the parents of three sons. Dustin, with an economics academic background, taught economics while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan. He has worked in real estate investment, served as a church youth director and studied theology, earning an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dustin has been a deacon, teaches the Caravan Class and Men in the Word, and he serves on the Mission Committee. He loves mountain biking and snow skiing.
Dustin is liaison to the Mission Committee.
Jim Rumbo joined Covenant in 2001, after participating in the Sunday Men’s Bible study since 1999. Jim’s service to Covenant draws from his strengths in craftsmanship coupled with his 40-plus years supporting and a leading professional engineering and technology practices. He has served as a deacon, helped build the potable water plant in Cuba, developed a 3-D printed cross for Pilgrimage and currently serves on the administration committee. Mission service has taken him to Senegal, Nicaragua, and Cuba. He is married to Nancy.
Jim is liaison to the Administration Committee.
Harold Skaggs, a Covenant member for more than for 44 years, has served Covenant in countless roles: teacher, bus driver, Bible study leader, dish washer, member of multiple pastor nominating committees, elder, furniture mover, Mission Committee Chair and choir member. He and his wife Jan have led mission trips to Central America and Africa. They have a blended family of six (five here and one in heaven) and nine grandchildren. Before retiring, Harold practiced neurology for 30 years.
Harold serves on the Institute for Missional Formation committee.
Matt Dow and his wife, Lisa, joined Covenant around 1990, raising their daughters here, teaching Sunday school and enjoying being a part of the Covenant family. Matt served chair of the stewardship committee. Matt is a trial lawyer at Jackson Walker and an avid cyclist.
Matt serves on the finance committee
Kelly Dwyer and his wife, Allison, joined Covenant around 2003. He’s taught youth Bible school classes, participated Men in the Word and other adult Bible studies, and has served on various committees. Kelly, a lawyer, says his favorite time is spent ‘hunting’ with Allison and their four daughters.
Kelly serves on the Student Ministries Committee
Jack Kern (“Cuba Jack”) has been a Covenant members for more than 20 years. Jack has taught children, and served on committees and as a trustee of Covenant Foundation. Jack has participated in numerous men’s Bible study programs, small groups and retreats, and on the Manos de Cristo board. He’s traveled to Cuba 18 times. Jack is married to Paulette. They have two children and four grandkids.
Jack serves on the Denominational Affairs Committee
Regina Schlotter and her husband, Will, have been Covenant members for more than 20 years. Regina’s service to Covenant includes work with IHN, leading Lamplighter groups, and serving as deacon and on the Senior Pastor Nominating Committee, and on the Upward Basketball leadership team. The Schlotters have two grown kids.
Regina serves on the senior adults (VISIONS) committee.
Sharyn Westmoreland and her husband, Bob, have been at Covenant since 1986 when their daughters enrolled in the preschool. She was ordained as an elder in 1992. Sharyn has served as a teacher for children and youth, a Lamplighter leader, an elder liaison or chair for several committees, and twice served as deacon moderator. Sharyn attends the Deborah Circle and women’s retreats.
Sharyn serves on the Congregational Care Committee.
Marilyn Adams, a life-long Presbyterian, and her late husband Corey joined Covenant in 1979. Marilyn taught for 17 years, retired and then went back to teach math for 17 more years. She was also a legal recruiter. A Lamplighters Bible Study participant, Marilyn has been a small group leader for 12 years and has served on the teaching team. She has been a deacon, taught Sunday school and has been a member of the Personnel Committee. She is a lay liturgist, a greeter and communion server.
Marilyn is the liaison to the Personnel/Human Resources Committee.
Cherrylynn Burris and her husband Ethan joined Covenant in 2015. Cherrylynn has served on the Children’s Ministry and Stewardship Committees, teaches Sunday school and VBS, helps with the children’s musical, plays with the handbell choir, helped organize the Q Conference and serves on the search committee for the new Children’s Ministries director. Cherrylynn and Ethan, married 17 years, met at 10-year-olds when their families were in a small group together. They have two daughters, Cadalyn and Ainsley. Cherrylynn, a social worker, enjoys traveling and cooking with her family.
Cheryl is liaison to the Children’s Ministry Committee.
DeDe Church and her husband Todd started coming to Covenant in 2007 with their two children. DeDe has volunteered teaching Sunday school, helping with the leadership and redecorating of Club 56, and hosting youth pool parties. For the Fellowship and Education Building capital campaign, DeDe helped create the video highlighting the amazing things happening in that building. She currently serves on the Refugee Welcome Team and co-leads a Covenant Group. DeDe, a lawyer and mediator, leads a small consulting firm dedicated to eliminating harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
DeDe is liaison to the Communication and Technology Committee.
Kelley Green, a Covenant member since 1992, has three children who are all lifelong Covenant members. Kelley served as a shepherd for Zone K-4 for 16 years. He has also been a deacon, is currently a D-Group leader, and is involved in several small groups at Covenant. Kelley, an agricultural engineer, works for an association that represents cotton gins. The Greens take an annual summer road trip tradition All four have traveled by RV through all 48 contiguous states.
Doug Hartman and his wife Julie Ann joined Covenant in 1993. They have four boys and immediately became involved in Covenant’s youth and children’s programs. Doug has served as a deacon and as a Covenant Presbyterian Foundation trustee. He has participated in Downtown Men’s Bible Study, has led many adult Bible studies and served on Covenant’s Adult Christian Education Committee. Doug runs a venture capital firm and a family foundation. He likes to golf, fish and coach youth sports, which has afforded him the opportunity to be very involved in his boys’ lives.
Doug is liaison to the Visitor/New Member Committee.
Laura Tuma, a member since 2002, has served as an elder and on numerous church committees. She currently chairs the Discipleship Committee. She has taught children’s Sunday school and served as a youth leader. Laura attends the Koinonia class and is an usher for the contemporary service. A longtime Lamplighter and small group member, Laura credits those experiences for strengthening her faith, relationships and leadership opportunities. She and her husband Damond Benningfield have three young adult children. Laura works for Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing. She is an avid reader who loves to cook, travel, and spend time with Damond.
Laura is on the discipleship committee.