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 Bill Kramer was raised as a Catholic by his unbelieving single mother and although he attended Catholic school for 6 years and served as an altar boy he was not a true, born-again believer. He was drawn away from the faith by faulty views of science and by his own pride. The "Hound of Heaven" would not relent, however. He drew Bill to faith over a period of many years and Bill was eventually baptized in a Jacuzzi in California at the age of 23 while he served as a Second Lieutenant of Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton. During the time leading up to what has been aptly called the "crisis of conversion" many people and events were used by the Lord to call Bill to faith. Most importantly among those were the writings of C.S. Lewis and the steadfast love and godly example of his beloved wife, Bonnie. That he was saved by grace through faith is surely a testimony to God's unfailing love! Bill began attending Covenant in 2004 after relocating from California where he and his family were members of a PCA church and where he served as a Deacon. Since joining Covenant Bill has taught adult as well as high school Sunday school classes, and he and Bonnie have also been pleased to open their home for small group meetings and the meetings of several other ministries such as MOPS, Youth Group, and the Sonflower Girls. The Kramers have 2 grown children and in his free time Bill enjoys bow hunting, fly fishing, organic vegetable gardening and reading (especially poetry and the classics).
Elder Rich McMillan During his elementary school age years Rich came to faith largely through the influence of his godly parents. His father was his pastor and during most of the years he lived at home he had only a short walk to church. Rich began attending Covenant in 1996 with his wife Linda and his children Matt and Morgan. He has also served as the chairman of the Missions Committee. Since 1987 Rich has been involved with the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the North Pennsmen, singing a capella mainly as part of a chorus. He also likes to make use of his gym membership in his free time.
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.
Deacon Tom Buhay became a believer during his college days at Bloomsburg University. He was listening to Oliver Greene's sermons and was simultaneously receiving guidance from a co-worker at a local accounting firm and also from the university’s ministry contact for DiscipleMakers. In 2008 Tom and his wife Jill started attending Covenant. Tom has served as an usher, been a member of the church softball team, helped with collections for Operation Christmas Child and has set up for various events. His hobbies include fantasy baseball, watching sporting events, WWII history and when time allows, genealogy.
Deacon Rick Castor was raised in a solid Christian home and has attended church for as long as he can remember. Through Sunday School, he understood the Gospel and professed faith in Christ at about the age of six. In 1996 Rick and his wife, Katey, started attending Covenant and before that had been in the Baptist tradition. Over time, and through the influence of Reformed publications (especially those of Ligonier Ministries), he perceived, by the lamps of Calvin and Westminster, a confirming reflection of the truths seen in the Scriptures. Reformed and systematic theology cleared away the confusion of Dispensationalism and Aminianism, and he was drawn to the PCA. Rick has served for multiple terms as deacon, and by the Grace of God, has endeavored to faithfully attend to the various duties of that office. In his free time, Rick enjoys woodworking, clock repair and a dabbling in classical piano. He also has an appetite for history in general, but particularly local and American history.
Deacon Jeff Currier came to faith after a difficult period in his life and realized that trust in Christ was more powerful and comforting than anything else he had known. He began attending Covenant in 1998 and has served as the Trailblazers Boys ministry leader, a deacon and the chair of the Men’s Ministry. He and his wife Sandra have 2 sons, Nicholas and Tyler. Jeff’s hobbies include playing with his sons, softball, skiing and running.
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 also leads a set up team which helps prepare for congregational events. He enjoys spending time at home chasing young sons Sam and Ben, as well as following Philadelphia sports teams.
Deacon Bob Lagonegro grew up attending a United Methodist church and accepted the Lord at a retreat while in the 6th grade. His family attended Covenant Presbyterian Church for a while when it met at Peter Becker Community. They began attending another church where a number of our son's grade school classmates attended, but returned to Covenant in 2000. He has served at Covenant as a greeter and an usher. Bob’s hobbies include reading, target shooting at the pistol range and spending time with family (especially his granddaughter, Ava).
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. He has played on the softball team since its inception, and also participated in Evangelism Explosion in the past. 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 playing with his children.
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.