The Covenant Companion


Covenanters Respond to Maui Wildfires

In response to historic wildfires that have decimated the Hawaiian island of Maui and destroyed the town of Lahaina, Covenanters are mobilizing to respond.

Racing for Families with Autism

Eleven-year-old Jonah Fischer competes in the Covenant Point Triathlon to help offset the cost of Autism Spectrum Disorder Family Camp.

Pilgrim Pines Partially Reopens

Pilgrim Pines Camp and Retreat Center in Swanzey, New Hampshire, has made a partial recovery after an extreme weather event closed the camp this summer.

Learning to Lead

Church chair training sessions are helping lay leaders become better equipped and more confident in key leadership positions.

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Shifting Gears to Serve

Bike repair workshops have turned into a unique ministry for pastor James Ventress of Nome


Shifting Gears to Serve

Bike repair workshops have turned into a unique ministry for pastor James Ventress of Nome (Alaska) Covenant Church.

Open Heart, Open House / Corazón Abierto, Casa Abierta

Instead of taking on renters in his newly-renovated apartment building, Tomás Sanabria, pastor of La Iglesia del Pacto Evangélico de Albany Park in Chicago, chooses to welcome individuals looking to make the US their home.

From Secret to Sacred

Christa Armstead, pastor of community care at Midtown Covenant Church in Sacramento, California, finds healing from the painful secrets of her past.

Leading with Presence

On a recent trip to Mozambique, Jelani Greenidge witnesses the “special sauce” of pastoral ministry.

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What a Quarter Can Do

Wrestling with questions about frugality, scarcity mentality, and where our dollars should go, Kristin T. Lee anticipates Highrock Church’s upcoming Theology Lab Series on God


What a Quarter Can Do

Wrestling with questions about frugality, scarcity mentality, and where our dollars should go, Kristin T. Lee anticipates Highrock Church’s upcoming Theology Lab Series on God and Money.

What Makes the Covenant, Covenant?

President Tammy Swanson-Draheim looks at our Covenant Affirmations to root us in our communal life together and to enable us to wholeheartedly pursue God’s mission.

Weekly updates from the Evangelical Covenant Church

Arts & Culture

For Such a Time as This

The Covenant Church of Colombia celebrates the publication of a new devotional, He Nacido Para este tiempo: Bitacora de Vida, written by 19 women in the Covenant Church in Latin America.

Flourishing the Least

A review of Al Tizon’s book, Christ Among the Classes: The Rich, the Poor, and the Mission of the Church

The Purpose of Preaching

A review of Paul E. Koptak’s new book, Circles in the Stream: Index, Identification, and Intertext: Reading and Preaching the Story of Judah in Genesis 37-50.

Freedom to Wonder

Mandy Smith’s Unfettered encourages us to discover a more Jesus-centered faith.



Sankofa: Join Us on the Bus

Hear from leaders and participants, as well as Sankofa veteran Nilwona Nowlin, who walks us through the journey—and shares her reflections after years of getting on the bus. For more information visit

We Are a Multiethnic Mosaic

Mary Chung March outlines our history of becoming a multiethnic mosaic, growing from our roots as a Swedish immigrant church. And Steve Wong, pastor of the first Asian American church plant in the Covenant, reflects on his journey into the Covenant, how he has seen the denomination change, and our call to continue becoming the beloved community.

We Seek Racial Righteousness

Covenant historian Hauna Ondrey and Dominique Gilliard join us to talk about the end of the 1960s, the Black Manifesto, the Covenant’s unique response to this call to white churches and synagogues—and where we witness similar themes in our culture today.

We Make Affirmations

In the Covenant we identify as non-creedal, meaning we do not adhere to a specific creed. But non-creedal does not mean we are without theology. The six Covenant affirmations address the question, “What does the Covenant believe?” Retired North Park Theological Seminary professor Klyne Snodgrass joins us.

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In Memoriam

Herb Freedholm

Retired Covenant minister and former superintendent of the Central Conference Herbert Freedholm died July 21.

Ruth Widman

Retired Covenant missionary Ruth A. M. Widman died July 26, 2023, in Batavia, Illinois. She was 107.

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson, wife of Covenant pastor Timothy Anderson, passed away from ovarian cancer on August 6, 2023, in Rochester, Minnesota. She was 74.

John K. Larson

Retired Covenant minister and educator John K. Larson died June 14, 2023. He was 78.

Deborah Power

Retired Covenant pastor Deborah J. Power died April 1, 2023. She was 71.

Jane Wiberg

Jane Wiberg, widow of Covenant pastor Glen Wiberg, passed away June 19, 2023, in Golden Valley, Minnesota. She was 96.

Shirley Rosnau

Shirley F. Rosnau, widow of retired Covenant pastor Reuben Rosnau, died May 28, 2023, in Golden Valley, Minnesota. She was 77.

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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