Officers

Members and friends of Covenant, please feel free to contact any of the officers of the church by consulting Covenant's directory or by requesting assistance from the church office.

Elder Rob Barbadoro came to faith at the age of 28 after about 3 years of searching for the truth.  The Lord revealed himself in many ways, but one of the most powerful was through friendships - those he developed with believers in the years leading up to his conversion, and the already existing ones with people who became believers after having known them for years.  Their reverence for God, their commitment to his truth, and their earnest desire to follow the Lord affected Rob profoundly.  He knew there was something special about the God they worshiped.  Rob began attending Covenant in 2002 and also serves as an usher and Sunday School teacher.  In his free moments, he enjoys time with his wife, Laura and 3 children Jacob, Luke and Hannah.  He also likes visiting with friends, catching an occasional baseball game, playing ping-pong and reading.

Elder Steve Bikle came to faith through being raised in a Christian home and began attending Covenant in 1997.  He has taught Sunday School classes and has served on several boards and committees including the Session, a pastoral search committee, and an evangelism and outreach committee.  Additionally, Steve has offered his time to record Covenant’s worship services, work on the sound and telephone systems, and wire the computer network.  In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife Winnie, and sons Christian, Andrew and Matthew.  He also likes to read, hunt, fish and putter around the house, garage or the farm.

Elder Bob McIntyre was raised in a Christian home, his father having served as a Reformed Episcopal pastor for over 55 years.  He lived at a Christian Camp owned by the denomination (Four Brooks Bible Conference), and after his father retired from his last church in Quakertown, Bob and his wife, Sandy, struggled to find a church where they both felt comfortable and that was in the Reformed tradition. They attended Calvary OPC in Glenside until they moved to Perkasie. Once they moved to Perkasie in 2010, they started to search again, coming to Covenant in 2011. Bob has since served as a Sunday School teacher (Jr. High) and as a member of the Harvest Fest Committee. Bob and Sandy have one daughter, Rylee. While both Bob and Sandy spend much time attending to their businesses, they also enjoy traveling, going to sporting events, and spending time with family.

Elder Jim Nagy was a member of a Baptist church before joining the PCA and he has been attending Covenant since 1986.  He was ordained as a ruling elder in 1988 and has actively served on the Session at various points over the span of those years.  He has taught Sunday School classes for adults, jr. high and sr. high students, and also currently serves on the Christian Education Committee.  Jim and his wife, Cathy, have 4 children:  Joel, Andrew, Emily and Sara.  His hobbies include gardening and working around the house.  

Elder Wayne Shaw was raised in the Lutheran church where he learned Bible stories and was active in ministry, even teaching the Jr. High Sunday School class.  But at the age of 22 the Lord graciously opened his eyes to the fact that he was a sinner, and that salvation was by faith alone through grace alone.  He and Elizabeth were married in 1974 and attended a couple of Baptist churches and a large “seeker-sensitive” church.  However, early in their marriage they had studied reformed theology and in a sort of “homecoming” joined Covenant in 2012.  He and Elizabeth have two grown children and a grandson, all living on the West Coast.  Wayne teaches adult Sunday School classes and helps with mowing, and the Shaws also serve on the Christian Education Committee.  He enjoys fishing, boating, traveling, woodworking, oil painting, and is a licensed pilot hoping someday to get back to flying small airplanes. The Shaws split their time between Ocean City, NJ and the Peter Becker Community in Harleysville.

 

Deacon Dan Benoit was raised in a Christian home and church in Connecticut, but it was not until his late twenties that the Lord opened his eyes to his need for a Savior. Dan and his wife, Ashley, were married in 2013 and began attending Covenant in 2014. Dan has served as an usher and on the Men’s Ministry committee. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, playing golf, music, and watching Red Sox baseball.

 

Deacon Tom Buhay became a believer during college at Bloomsburg University.  He was listening to Oliver Greene's sermons on the radio and was simultaneously receiving guidance from a co-worker at a local accounting firm and from the university’s ministry contact for DiscipleMakers.  In 2008, Tom and his wife Jill started attending Covenant.  They have a 6-year-old daughter named Skylar.  Tom has previously served six years as a Deacon at Covenant.  He has been a member of the church softball team and assisted with set up for various events.  Tom enjoys following sports, especially baseball, as well as WWII history and geography.

Deacon Rick Castor was raised in a Christian home and made an early profession of faith in Christ through the Sunday School ministry at Hilltown Baptist Church in Bucks County. His family left Hilltown Baptist in the 1970s and became members of First Baptist Church of Doylestown. During the late ‘80s and early ’90s, he began to read publications written from a Reformed perspective – most notably those of Ligonier Ministries and the writings and radio ministry of R.C. Sproul. These influences nurtured a desire to find a church whose worship and teaching was more in step with Reformed theology and guided by the Westminster Standards. After exploring several Presbyterian churches, both PCA and OPC, Rick and his wife Katey were led to Covenant and transferred their membership from First Baptist Church of Doylestown in 1996.  Since that time, Rick has served multiple terms as deacon, and with God’s help has endeavored to faithfully attend to the duties of that office. Rick enjoys picture framing with his wife, woodworking, furniture repair, antique clock repair and anything mechanical. He also loves history and especially enjoys local history.

Deacon Byron Childs has been a part of the Covenant church family since his birth in 1994. He was raised in a Christian home and came to faith at a young age after a Bible lesson taught the need for personal faith in Christ’s saving work to atone for sin. In addition to ushering, Byron helps with the youth group and leads the junior high boy’s Bible study. He enjoys running, working on cars, and following NASCAR.

 

Deacon Andy Ford was raised in a Christian home and began attending Covenant in 1982.  He and his wife, Carolyn have 2 children, Daniel and Anna.  One of Andy’s hobbies is wood cutting.

 

 

 

Deacon Mitch Keating was brought to faith during his upbringing in the Methodist church.  He and his wife Sarah began attending Covenant in 2006 with their son Caleb.  They have since been joined by sons Noah and Micah and daughter Jane.  Mitch has served as an usher, worship leader, small group leader and substitute Sunday School teacher.  In his spare time he enjoys movies, books, music and coaching various children’s sports teams. 

 

Deacon Mark Kleeman grew up in a Christian home, but can't remember a specific time when he came to know the Lord.  Through God's grace, his faith strengthened during his high school and college years.  He started attending Covenant with his family in 1998 and it was at that time he met his wife, Rebecca, who had attended Covenant her whole life.  The Kleemans have participated in a number of short-term missions trips with Covenant and have taught the 2 and 3 year old Sunday school class.  Mark enjoys spending time at home with his children Sam, Ben and Cora, as well as following Philadelphia sports teams.

Deacon Ken Markwalter was raised in an evangelical church and was called to faith as a teenager.  He began attending Covenant in 2010 and has enjoyed the opportunity to serve in the following ways:  leading adult Sunday School classes, speaking at the men's breakfast, leading men's retreat discussions, assisting with a children’s Sunday School class, serving on the youth group leadership committee, assisting with various youth events and projects, and he has also participated in several diaconal maintenance projects.  He and his wife Barb have a daughter, LeeAnn and a son, Ethan.  In his free time Ken enjoys skiing, golfing and fellowship with others.

Deacon Bob McClurken was raised in a Lutheran church, but came to faith through reading and studying the Scriptures.  He began attending Covenant in 2012 and has served in a variety of ways.  In addition to ushering, Bob has blessed the church with his maintenance of the building and grounds.  He and his wife Jean have two grown daughters, Kathy and Donna.  Bob enjoys playing golf, fishing, and following Philadelphia sports teams.

 

Deacon Steve Rutkowski was raised in a family that went to church every Sunday, but where the gospel was rarely preached.  He came to faith at Bucknell University through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and some faithful Christians.  One upper classman who had an impact on his life during his freshman year was a member of the crew team named John Muhlfeld.  Steve began attending Covenant in 1997 and is the chair of the Missions Committee.  Steve and his wife, Carrie, have 3 children:  Rachel, Sarah and Daniel.  During his free time he enjoys watching and participating in all kinds of sports and spending time with his children.

Deacon David Schmidt has been a lifelong attender of Covenant since his birth in 1983.  He was raised in a Christian home with God-fearing parents and has been a been Christian as long as he can remember.  It was at the age of 28 he fully came to recognize God's love, grace, and mercy.  Currently, David is head of the set-up committee for church events and serves as an usher, softball player/coach, and Junior Church teacher.  David lives in Schwenskville with his wife Joy and son Nicholas.  He enjoys taking walks, reading, vacationing in Ocean City, NJ and following all of the Philadelphia sports teams.

Deacon George Schmidt was invited to Covenant by his brother-in-law in 1982.  One week later George and his wife, Cathy, came to faith through the Evangelism Explosion presentation by Covenant’s first pastor, Dave Brewer.  This has been the first and only church George has ever belonged to and he has served as a youth leader, Jr. Church teacher, a deacon and softball coach.  George and Cathy have 3 grown children, David, Rebecca and Christine.  In his free time George likes to walk on the bike path with Cathy and especially enjoys Phillies baseball and Eagles football.