Covenant Leadership Team
Meet the COVENANT Offices LEADERSHIP TEAM
President of the Evangelical Covenant Church
Dr. John Wenrich became the tenth president of the ECC on September 1, 2018. He was previously the executive minister of Start and Strengthen Churches. John has traveled extensively both nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker and leadership coach. John has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Villanova University (think basketball!), a master of divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. He has pastored and planted churches around the country and was ordained by the Covenant in 2002. John and his wife, Julie, have been married for 30 years and live near Chicago. They have three sons and a daughter in-law who all live in Portland.
Executive Director of Ministry Development
As the executive director of ministry development, Angela Yee works alongside the president of the ECC to provide leadership and general oversight of ministry developments. She also facilitates collaboration of Covenant Offices with the ECC’s regional conferences and affiliate organizations. Before beginning this role, Angela served as executive pastor of Hug Church, a Covenant church plant in Fullerton, California. Prior to that, she was the director of mission and ministry at Saddleback Church in Irvine, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois and her master of divinity degree from Rockbridge Seminary. She has extensive experience as a graphic designer, project manager, and leadership coach. She also has been a board member of the Covenant Asian Pastors Association (CAPA). She and her husband, Albert, have two adult children.
Executive Minister of Develop Leaders
Rev. Lance Davis is the executive minister of Develop Leaders and Ordered Ministry. He entered ministry in 1991, serving on the staffs of two prominent Chicago-area congregations. Subsequently, he became a church planter, founding what is now New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton, Illinois. The congregation joined the ECC in 2012. He was elected to his current role in 2018. In addition to pastoral ministry, Lance has been instrumental in launching numerous nonprofit community-service organizations, including Bezalel Affordable Housing in Dolton and TransAtlantic Water Development in Ghana. In Lance’s 25 years of ministry, there have been two consistent themes: development of leaders and community impact. He holds a BA in business administration from Trinity College and an MA from Gospel Ministries Theological Seminary. Most importantly, Lance is married to Kara, an accomplished physician and author, and they have four adult children.
Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples
Rev. Michelle Sanchez is executive minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area. She has previously served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, launched ministries to international students with a multiethnic Cru team (Campus Crusade for Christ), and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle has earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College. Michelle is married to Mickey, a staff worker at Northwestern University with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries.
Executive Minister of Serve Globally
Dr. Al Tizon is executive minister of Serve Globally, the international ministries arm of the ECC. This position includes a faculty appointment as Affiliate Associate Professor of Missional and Global Leadership at North Park Theological Seminary also in Chicago. He has engaged in community development, church leadership, advocacy, and urban ministry both in the Philippines and the United States. He earned a PhD in Missiology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, is the author of two books—Transformation After Lausanne: Radical Evangelical Mission in Global-Local Perspective (Regnum, 2008) and Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform (Judson 2012); co-author of one—Linking Arms, Linking Lives: How Urban-Suburban Partnerships Can Transform Communities with Ron Sider, John Perkins, and Wayne Gordon (Baker 2008); co-editor of two—Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations with Sydney Park and Soong-Chan Rah (Judson 2012) and Following Jesus: Journeys in Radical Discipleship (Regnum, 2013); Al and his wife, Janice, are parents of four grown children. In addition, their oldest daughter and husband have three children, and four grandchildren.
Executive Minister of Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ)
Rev. Cecilia Williams serves as the executive minister for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Before stepping into this role, she served as director of ministry initiatives for LMDJ. Before coming to the ECC denominational offices, Cecilia served as interim senior pastor for Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, and as the associate pastor for engagement and care, evangelism and outreach. Prior to her ministry service at Sanctuary, she served as program coordinator and director for a number of nonprofit institutions, and taught graduate courses at Bethel Theological Seminary, at which she was also seated as director for multicultural affairs. She also served as associate dean/director for the office of intercultural student programs and services at Bethel University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Cecilia received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and earned an MDiv in pastoral care and counseling from Bethel Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Troy, have two adult children.
Interim Executive Minister of Start and Strengthen Churches
Rev. Alex Rahill becomes the Interim Executive Minister of Start and Strengthen Churches on September 1, 2018. Alex was ordained in the Covenant in 2012 and has been working in church-planting ministry for more than 15 years. He planted Life Covenant Church in the Detroit area in 2002. Under his leadership, Life Church planted two other healthy missional churches. While pastoring Life Church, Alex also served as the part-time Director of Church Planting for the Great Lakes Conference. Alex and his wife Marcie have four children, and enjoy serving the Lord together in church-planting ministry.
Executive Director of Operations
As executive director of Operations, Rebecca has direct responsibility for the ECC’s human resource functions and governance administration, as well as oversight of IT, Events, and Building Services. Before coming to the ECC, she served as vice president for operations and programming at Casa Central, the largest non-governmental provider of social services in Chicago. She also has leadership experience with World Vision and other church-based and retail contexts. She holds a master’s degree in management from North Park University. Rebecca and her husband, Jeorge, have two sons.
Executive Director of Finance
Steve Klimkowski is the executive director of finance for the ECC. He brings more than 20 years of experience in investments, finance, and executive leadership to this role. Most recently he served as the president and chief executive officer of Double Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity he founded to help alleviate financial need among evangelical pastors. His experience includes CIO for Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, COO for the University of Chicago’s Office of Investments, and senior vice president at ABN AMRO / The Chicago Corporation heading up fixed income and risk management. Steve earned his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Illinois and a master of business administration in finance degree from the University of Chicago. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He and his wife, Alana, have four children.
ERIN CHAN DING
Executive Director of Communications
Erin Chan Ding serves as the executive director of communications. Prior to working at the ECC, Erin was an independent journalist and editor. She graduated from Northwestern University with majors in journalism and history. Before becoming a full-time freelance writer, Erin worked as a features reporter for the Detroit Free Press. She believes her role in communications represents a convergence of her identity as a Christ follower, her career as a journalist, and her passion as an advocate for equity and justice. Erin co-leads the Asian American Journalists Association Freelance Affinity Group, and she previously served as president of the Chicago and Michigan chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association. She speaks both Cantonese Chinese and Spanish. She and her husband, Charley, have two children.
Director of Pensions and Strategic Advisor
Since 2014, Paul has served as treasurer and executive director of finance for the ECC. He earned a bachelor of accounting degree from North Park University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to his current role, he spent more than 20 years on Wall Street and beyond, where he served in various finance and executive capacities including senior investment banker, hedge fund partner, non-profit board chair, entrepreneur and impact investor. He brings a sincere passion for faith and finance to all that he does, with strategic lens towards building financial sustainability. He and his wife, Kristin, have four children.