Jason was born and raised in the western 'burbs of Chicago. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Music Theory and an M.S. in Choral Music Education, he moved back to the Chicago area where he shortly after joined staff at Willow Creek Community Church as Associate Music Director. 8 years later, Jason transitioned into the role of Worship Pastor at Glen Ellyn Bible Church where he served from 2002 until 2013. After a very brief stint at a church in Colorado, Jason, his wife Kim and his 3 kiddos are excited to be on a new adventure in South Florida. And after the recent Chicago winters, Naples is a ridiculously beautiful place to land! And yes, he still cheers for the Northsiders and figures it can’t be too many more centuries, right?
Brett is the Director of Student Ministries at Covenant Church. He moved in July of 2014 from Dallas, TX where he served on staff with middle school youth at Park Cities Presbyterian Church and attended Redeemer Seminary. Before that, he served on staff with the youth ministry in Las Cruces, NM at University Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity. Brett and his wife, Kelsea, have a 2 year old boy, Hayden, and are welcoming their second child, Avery, in August. During his free time, Brett enjoys watching sports, reading, eating green chili (on anything) and being outdoors.
Sherry Kendrick has lived in Naples for 27 years. Sherry joined the Covenant staff as Childrens Ministry Director in June 2010. She has a degree in elementary education from East Tennessee State University and over 24 years of experience in Christian education, childrens ministry and public school elementary education. Sherry and her husband Mike both serve on the staff at Covenant. They have 3 children. Jay and his wife, Kellie; Abby and her husband, Rafael all of whom reside in Naples and attend Covenant. Nathan is in college at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her spare time, Sherry loves reading and scrapbooking.
Bill coordinates volunteer support for the ministries of Covenant, as well as recruiting, developing and connecting people to ministry opportunities and the life of the church. Bill joined the staff as executive assistant to Dr. Bob Petterson in December of 2003. At Covenant, Bill has served in other capacities such as Children's Ministry Director and Music & Worship Director. He has facilitated conferences on topics of culture, media and arts locally and nationally. He has served as director of Christian Education in New York, supporting over 25 congregations and providing consultation to local ministries. Bill has a passion for missions and ministry to artists.
Ryan is a Naples native. He is a graduate of CHEACC and Edison College. Most of what hes learned about worship technology comes from volunteering and on the job experience. Ryan and his wife Jillian have a daughter, Lily and have made Covenant their church home after consulting and working here through their Young House Creative business. Ryan also owns and operates NOMIXUPS, a labeling product for church sound techs.
Except for a hiatus while she was home full-time with her three little ones, Charlene has served in administrative and/or counseling positions at Covenant since 1999. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Columbia Biblical Seminary and is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern pursuing full state licensure. Her God-given passion is to come alongside those who are hurting and share Christs love, but her favorite role is that of being a mom. As she and her husband, Ryan, strive to bring up their children in the ways of the Lord, surrounded by a family of grace at Covenant, it is her desire to encourage others seeking personal/spiritual growth so that they might be all God designed them to be.
Harriette Noller is the Business Manager for Covenant Church. Before joining the Covenant team, Harriette enjoyed a successful career in business. She and her husband, Jack, moved to Naples from Miami in 2002. Before that she resided in Fort Worth, Texas.
Judy Caldwell has been serving as a part of our administrative team since 2007 and is a graduate from the University of Akron. Judy served as a Licensed Social Worker in Ohio for 15 years before moving to Naples in 2001. She is married to Doug. Together they consider their 4 children Gods greatest blessings.
Cindy was born and raised in southeast Michigan (yes, she still roots for the Lions and Tigers) and moved to the Naples area with her husband, Tony, in July 2013. She happily joined the Covenant staff in January 2015. Prior Michigan work experience includes administrative assistant positions at Faith Church in Rochester Hills and in several companies that serviced the automotive industry. Some of her hobbies include music, reading, sewing and sunning by the pool/ocean.
Gwen Pallante is a native of Youngstown, Ohio where she attended Youngstown State University. She moved to Naples in 2009. Gwen is married with 4 children, ages 19 – 8. Upon moving to Naples, Gwen became the owner of a Property Management and Cleaning Company before joining Covenant’s staff in July 2015. Her role is Executive Assistant – Administration.
Connie Walters is a graduate of The Ohio State University, GO BUCKEYES! She moved to Naples in 1976 with husband, Dale and daughter, Carrie Hope. Since that time they have added two more daughters, Amanda Faith and Charity Grace, and one son, Joshua, to their family. Connie has been the administrative assistant at two Country Clubs in Naples and one other church. She is so happy to be here as Covenants Church Secretary!
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