Leadership

Covenant Office Leadership Team of the Evangelical Covenant Church

Tammy Swanson-Draheim

President >>

Tammy Swanson-Draheim

President

Swanson-Draheim serves as the first female president in the denomination’s history. She has held a variety of roles within the denomination for more than 23 years and most recently has served as superintendent of the Midwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church since 2011.
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Angela Yee

Chief Ministry Officer >>

Angela Yee

Chief Ministry Officer

Angela has served in pastoral roles in various churches in California including at a church plant in Fullerton, Saddleback Church, University Covenant Church, and Bayside Church. She has extensive experience in graphic and stage design, project and events management, and leadership coaching. She also has been a board member of the Covenant Asian Pastors Association (CAPA).
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Paul Robinson

Executive Minister of Love Mercy Do Justice >>

Paul Robinson

Executive Minister of Love Mercy Do Justice

Paul served as lead church planter of Grace Outreach Covenant Church in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and as senior community leadership consultant with Amherst H. Wilder Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the former director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.
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Paul Lessard

Executive Minister of Start & Strengthen Churches >>

Paul Lessard

Executive Minister of Start & Strengthen Churches

Throughout his years of ministry, Paul has served as a worship pastor, church planter, senior pastor, and nonprofit consultant serving churches and organizations in the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally.
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Michelle Sanchez

Executive Minister of Make & Deepen Disciples >>

Michelle Sanchez

Executive Minister of Make & Deepen Disciples

Michelle is the author of Color-Courageous Discipleship, Color-Courageous Discipleship Student Edition,, and the picture book, God’s Beloved Community. She has previously served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, launched ministries to international students with a multiethnic Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) team, and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co.
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Grace Shim

Executive Minister of Serve Globally >>

Grace Shim

Executive Minister of Serve Globally

Shim has served in the Covenant since 2003. Her home church is Christ Covenant Church in Villa Park, Illinois. She holds a bachelor of arts in math education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and a master of arts in counseling psychology from Trinity International University. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor.
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Herb Frost

Executive Minister of Ordered Ministry and Develop Leaders >>

Herb Frost

Executive Minister of Ordered Ministry and Develop Leaders

Rev. Frost has served in the Covenant as a credentialed pastor for 22 years in three different conferences as a lead pastor and church planter. He also served on the Committee of Ministerial Standing in the Midwest Conference, East Coast Conference, and the Northwest Conference. He has chaired the Ministerial Association of the Northwest Conference and was on the board of Covenant Heights Camp in addition to serving as an assessor for church planters.
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Jennifer McIntyre

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications >>

Jennifer McIntyre

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Jennifer brings more than 25 years of experience in ministry, civic, corporate, and nonprofit engagements. She has led communications strategies and overseen teams at Urban Ministries, Feeding America, and AT&T. She has served as a leader in her local church and held executive leadership roles with the Roselle Board of Education and a Christian school.
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Steve Klimkowski

Executive Director of Finance >>

Steve Klimkowski

Executive Director of Finance

Steve brings more than 20 years of experience in investments, finance, and executive leadership to this role. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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Debra Mitchell

Interim Executive Director of Operations >>

Debra Mitchell

Interim Executive Director of Operations >>

Since 2006, Mitchell has served as president of DLM Group LLC, a full-service human resource and business consulting company working with not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in energy, healthcare, financial services, architecture, and education. She specializes in organizational design and change management, leadership development and training, succession planning, and career transition.
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Gayle Gilreath

Executive Director of Advancement>>

Gayle Gilreath

Executive Director of Advancement

Gayle previously served at Minnehaha Academy as the director of development. She has many years of executive experience with boards and senior management teams, leading organizational and advancement initiatives at the highest level with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gayle also serves as a bivocational pastor of congregational care.
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Peter Hedstrom

President, National Covenant Properties >>

Peter Hedstrom

President, National Covenant Properties

Peter brings 30 years of banking experience into his role as president of National Covenant Properties, primarily from his time with US Bank where he most recently served as regional president in northeastern Minnesota. His extensive background in commercial lending and in the financial services industry is valuable as he manages the financial aspects of National Covenant Properties.
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