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.
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.
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 student ministry 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 discipleship 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.
Joe, Denton, a Covenant member since 1997, became involved in Covenant’s disaster recovery efforts after participating in a mission trip to Ocean Spring, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He then served as Covenant’s Disaster Coordinator until 2013 organizing assistance for those affected by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, and the Bastrop Wildfires. A trained Stephen Minister, Joe serves on the Personnel Committee. He has been married to Elizabeth Hilton for 17 years, and has two adult children and four grandchildren.
Joe serves on the personnel/human resources committee.
Susan Holman, a Covenant member since 1985, comes from a long line of Presbyterians – her grandfather, great-grandfather and two great uncles were Presbyterian pastors. Susan’s service to Covenant is varied: Sunday school and VBS leader, choir mother and costumer for children’s choirs and VBS dramas, Lamplighters leader, Presbyterian Women Circle and coordinating team, Pastor Nominating Committee and Stephen Minister. Susan is married to Alan. They have two children.
Susan is on the visitor/new member committee.
James Marroquin’s relationship with Covenant began as a child and he credits a much of his faith formation to the youth program led by former Associate Pastor Greg Kennedy. James and his wife Robbin are physicians and are the parents of two sons. Since returning to Austin, James has led Caravan Sunday School and has served as a deacon.
James is on the contemporary worship 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.
Clark Weatherby was a youth leader after high school and has been a youth sponsor, elder, music leader and Bible study leader. Clark often participates in worship music. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children. Clark was baptized by Carl Eaton, Covenant’s first senior pastor.
Clark is the Clerk of Session.