In the Presbyterian form of government, the leadership of the church is shared among the staff, the elders and the deacons. We believe that by having more people involved in the leadership, we are a stronger church, and together we embrace the inclusive ministry that Jesus demonstrated with his followers. Sometimes people get frustrated at the pace and process, but by encouraging dialogue and through the slower implementation, we recognize more completely the work of the Holy Spirit.

Elders
Covenant is led by its elders, lay women and men elected by the congregation to serve a 3 year term. Collectively called “The Session,” with the pastor serving as the moderator, these dedicated and faithful members are charged with the oversight of the spiritual, programmatic and business life of the congregation. They work together to discern God’s leading for Covenant, make sure that good practices are in place for its personnel and oversee the programmatic life of the congregation. The Session insures the financial well-being of Covenant and cares for its building and grounds. The elders set policy and give vision to the work, mission, and ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Deacons
The Deacons, collectively “The Board of Deacons” or “Diaconate” are an extension of the pastoral arms of the church. They are charged with ministries of caring within the congregation. Elected to 3 year terms by the congregation, the Deacons connect people of Covenant to one another, provide meals, deliver flowers, provide transportation and home help for members, visit those in difficult situations, and assist with Covenant’s newest members. The Deacons also oversee Covenant’s missions locally and globally. The Deacons represent the heart of the congregation and live out Jesus’ commandment to love God by loving one another.

 

Linda-Jean (LJ) Jay

Finance Secretary
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Linda-Jean (LJ) Jay comes to Covenant with more than 20 years of experience in all phases of organizational administration. Most recently, she has served in various departments at the University of Wyoming, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Wilmington. She has an M.P.A. from UNC Wilmington and a B.A. from Wright State University.
LJ and her husband, Charles, have two grown daughters. They also have friends in Augusta and connections here from many years ago, which make them excited to be settling here now.

Lyn M. Patterson

Lyn M. Patterson

Director of Music
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A Columbus, Ohio native, Lyn has also lived in Washington State; Southern California; Stuttgart, Germany and London, England before moving to Aiken, SC in July 2008.

Her formal education includes undergraduate degrees from Capital University in Columbus, OH (Psychology) and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA (Organ Performance and Church Music) as well as private organ study in Germany and London. In March of 2014 she completed her work toward a Master of Arts in Church Music (MACM) degree at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH and graduated in May 2014. In addition to the organ and piano, Lyn also plays the harpsichord and owns a large (10’ long!) Sabathil & Son concert instrument named Sebastian.

A self-confessed Anglophile due to her years in London, Lyn’s other interests include travel, history, singing with USC/A’s Masterworks Chorale, her Lhasa Apso girl, gardening, and her new home in Aiken. Sewing and needlework have also been lifelong interests.

Judy Strogonoff

Judy Strogonoff

Church Secretary
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Judy Strogonoff has been serving Covenant since June of 2002. She loves working with and for the wonderful members and staff at Covenant. She attended Augusta Technical College and earned a Diploma in Secretarial Science in 1996.

Judy lives in Grovetown with her husband, Don. They have two adult children—Alexandria, who currently lives overseas with her husband, Cristian; and Daniel, who lives in Augusta with his wife, Michelle. Judy and Don enjoy spoiling their granddaughter, Klarisa and their two dogs. Judy’s other interests are spending time with family, reading, and traveling whenever possible.

The Rev. Karla Conditt Daniels

The Rev. Karla Conditt Daniels

Parish Associate
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Karla graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, which informs her work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and in her role as Parish Associate at Covenant. While much of her time during the week is spent in clinical sessions, Karla enjoys facilitating the Bible Study and discussion of the Koinonia (Greek word for fellowship and community) Sunday School class, providing pastoral care and support to the congregation, leading a regular Taizé prayer service, and helping out wherever needed. She is also involved in the work and mission of Northeast Georgia Presbytery through service on numerous committees and commissions.

Having grown up in the Presbyterian Church, and now, as a third generation Presbyterian minister, I am grateful to have found such a “home” as Covenant. I am inspired by the mission outreach and faithful action of this congregation to address the needs of our community while living out the hope of the Gospel. My family and I are delighted to be participants in this gracious and open community of faith. Come join us!— The Reverend Karla Conditt Daniels

The Rev. Dr. Gloria Jennings Marshall

The Rev. Dr. Gloria Jennings Marshall

Parish Associate
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Dr. Gloria Jennings Marshall holds Master of Theological Studies (MATS), Master of Divinity (MDiv), and Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She is a minister member of Northeast Georgia Presbytery (Retired) and has served as minister to Grovetown and Bath Presbyterian Churches; Director of New Church Development for NEGA Presbytery; Director for Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission; and on the staff of Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Marshall is married to the Reverend Richard G. Marshall, a Retired Episcopal Priest. They have four children and five grandchildren.