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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.

The link below includes bios of our newly elected officers to be ordained and installed Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Officer Bios (PDF)

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The Rev. Stu Ritter

Transitional Pastor
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Stu is from Media, Pennsylvania where he recently completed a call to interim ministry at Media Presbyterian Church. He is a second career pastor, having previously worked as a city planner, nonprofit administrator, and consultant in fundraising and organizational development. He has served in transitional ministry since his ordination in 1999.  He received his undergraduate degree (BA) from Cornell University, his master’s degree (MA) in Sociology and City Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, and his Master of Divinity (MDiv) from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has also studied law and taught social research methodology and leadership development at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Judaism, and his alma mater Cornell.

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

John McCrosky

John McCrosky

Director of Christian Education
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John McCrosky moved to Augusta with his family over four years ago to join our staff as the Director of Christian Education. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation from Winthrop University and a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). He has served the church in Atlanta, Colorado, and the Carolinas. John has also worked with disadvantaged children, youth and their families in Jacksonville, FL through the school system and the Boys & Girls Clubs.

When John finds the time, he enjoys using his hands to be creative. Making things with wood, clay, and food are his favorites.

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.

Andrea Butt

Andrea Butt

Weekday School Director
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A native Floridian, Andrea was introduced to Covenant through its Children’s Day-Out Program. All three daughters attended Covenant’s Preschool program.  She and her family became Covenant members in 1980; she later chaired the Weekday School Ministry Team in the mid 1990’s while serving as a church elder, and has been the Preschool Director since 1998.

I’ve met many families who have been introduced to Covenant through its preschool program and who later become church members. It is a great ministry for Covenant.— Andrea Butt

Judy Strogonoff

Judy Strogonoff

Church Secretary
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Judy Strogonoff started working at Covenant in June of 2002. She loves working with and for the wonderful members and staff at Covenant. She graduated from 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 is married and currently lives in Nevada, and Daniel, who lives in Augusta. She and her husband love and spoil their two pets, Faith (a Doberman), Hope (an Australian Shepherd). Judy’s other interests are: spending time with family, reading, and traveling whenever possible.

Pam Kmiecik

Pam Kmiecik

Financial Secretary
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Pam is a 1988 Graduate of Georgia Southern University. She has a BBA in Office Administration. She has been happily married since 1991 to a (recently) retired member of the USAF. She and her husband have two daughters, one in college and the other in middle school.

I am very thankful and blessed to be on the staff at Covenant. I see God working in this church family each and every day.— Pam Kmiecik

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.