Leadership

Meet Our Pastors, Staff, and Session Members

Pastors

Thomas Daniel

Senior Pastor

Thomas has served as Covenant Presbyterian’s senior pastor since 2014.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Thomas graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina and then spent two years teaching English in Japan, where he met his wife, Beth.

Thomas attended Columbia Theological Seminary, earning a Masters of Divinity in 2003 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2011.

While in seminary, he serve as the director of college ministry at North Avenue Presbyterian Church and went on to become the congregation’s associate pastor of evangelism. He has also served as co-pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, IL, as well as organizing co-pastor of an Atlanta church plant called Kairos Church, which quickly grew from seven to more than 300 people.

Thomas enjoys jogging and walks with his family. When he’s kicking back, you’ll find him cheering on the Atlanta Falcons or watching Friday Night Lights, The Crown, or Stranger Things. Thomas and Beth have two daughters, Miriam Grace and Hannah Joy.

Jill Williams

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Mission

Jill joined Covenant in 2007. 

She grew up in Florida and made a public profession of faith as a teenager during confirmation in a Methodist church. In college, God used the surprising avenue of a sorority to reveal the reality of his presence to her. 

Jill graduated from Auburn University in Alabama in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and started her career as a systems analyst.

In 1992, God’s unexpectedly called Jill to lead youth and family ministries in Huntsville, AL. After a decade of full-time youth ministry, Jill attended Fuller Seminary, graduating in 2006 with a Master of Divinity degree. She served in caring ministries at Bel Air Presbyterian in Los Angeles for three years before joining Covenant.

Jill is a habitual tea drinker, loves to go on walks, and enjoys new experiences and travel. She’s passionate about the things she knows are important to God’s heart. She values people of all ages and loves the diversity of people in our world. Jill’s desire is to follow Christ faithfully and obediently wherever He leads, sharing God’s love with those around her.

Jon Wasson

Associate Pastor for Discipleship

Jon joined the team at Covenant in 2015. 

Jon grew up in Washington State and has served in ministry across the U.S. He was middle school director at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he designed and implemented the church’s small group youth network. 

Jon also served as a writer and contributor to Sparkhouse Publishing and designed and created discipleship curricula content.

He earned two master’s degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. While at Princeton, he served as an intern of hospitality and outreach at Kingston United Methodist Church in Tennessee, where he designed a community outreach program with a local nonprofit to serve older adults.

Jon and his wife, Abby, have two sons, Thomas and Eliot. Both Jon and Abby love listening to live music and trying new restaurants. When he’s not at work, you might also catch him watching the English Premier League and wrangling toddlers.

Beth McMullen Daniel

Parish Associate for Older Adult Ministries

Beth has served as Covenant’s Parish Associate for Older Adults since 2015.

Born and raised in the coal-mining valleys of South Wales, Beth received a Bachelor of Science from the European Business Management School at the University of Wales, Swansea. 

She intended to live and teach in Japan for a year before pursuing her MBA in Wales. But God had a different plan. She met Thomas, married, and moved to Atlanta, GA. While there, she earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Beth has served as a director of Christian education, associate pastor for discipleship, and co-founder and co-pastor of a new church development. She’s led retreats, courses, and classes—particularly for women’s groups—and has taught both Greek and Hebrew. 

She and Thomas have two daughters, Hannah Joy and Miriam Grace. Beth enjoys time with her family, traveling, and watching Welsh rugby. She drinks too much British tea and knows the lyrics (and the dance moves) to most 80s songs.

Staff

Whitney Bell

Whitney Bell

Director of Mission

Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie Campbell

Curriculum & Administrative Coordinator for Children & Family Ministry

Maureen Crawley

Maureen Crawley

Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Veronica Divine

Veronica "Roni" Divine

Temporary Administrative Assistant for Congregational Care

Duane Dube

Duane Dube

Administrator & Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer English

Jennifer English

Receptionist & Scheduling Coordinator

Mary Priscilla Garcia

Mary Priscilla Garcia

Director of Communications

Laura Hargrave

Laura Hargrave

Director of Covenant Presbyterian Preschool & Child’s Day Out

Melissa Helm

Melissa Ray

Graphic Designer & Webmaster

Kim Kieschnick

Kim Kieschnick

Staff Accountant

Darleen Kleinhenz

Darleen Kleinhenz

Associate Director of Administration

Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Moore

Associate Director of Children’s Ministry

Joey Neugart

Joey Neugart

Interim Director of Children & Family Ministry

Chris Paton

Chris Paton

Assistant to Music & Worship

Jake Pluenneke

Jake Pluenneke

Director of Youth Ministry

Jesse Reyes

Jesse Reyes

Senior Custodian

Kathryn Sedberry

Kathryn Sedberry

Associate Director of Discipleship

Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman

Director of Music Ministry

Amy Skaggs

Amy Skaggs

Visitor & New Member Coordinator

Courtney Supple

Courtney Supple

Children’s Choir Coordinator

Jewel Stone

Jewel Stone

Love Letter Fund Coordinator

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor

Assistant Director of Covenant Preschool & Child’s Day Out

Jerry Wise

Jerry Wise

Director of Contemporary Worship

Session

Thomas Daniel

Senior Pastor & Moderator of Session

Jill Williams

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Mission

Jon Wasson

Associate Pastor for Discipleship

Duane Dube

Administrator & Chief Operating Officer

Melanie Williamson

Clerk of Session

Leslie Bagby

Congregational Care Committee Liaison
Elder Class of 2023

Dianne Erlewine

Personnel & Human Resources Committee Liaison
Elder Class of 2023

Mary Moore

Children & Family Ministry Committee Liaison
Elder Class of 2023

Tom Smith

Finance Committee Liaison
Elder Class of 2023

Joey Wells

Covenant Presbyterian Foundation Liaison
Elder Class of 2023

Craig Crutchfield

Communications & Technology Committee Co-Liaison
Elder Class of 2024

Abbey Gray

Institute for Missional Formation Liaison
Elder Class of 2024

Harry Evans

Worship Committee Co-Liaison
Elder Class of 2024

Megan Poore

Worship Committee Co-Liaison
Elder Class of 2024

Jim Troiano

Mission Committee Liaison
Elder Class of 2024