Boards

Boards

The Annual Meeting elects representative leadership to several oversight boards dealing with particular areas of ministry focus.

To learn more about nominations, click here. Please prayerfully consider the following list when referring potential names, or when filling out your own resume. For more information, email Norma Ramos at governance(at)covchurch.org or call (773) 907-3375

 

Executive Board

The Executive Board acts on behalf of the Annual Meeting between Annual Meetings. It is elected by delegates and provides oversight on a number of matters related to direction, policy, and financial responsibility. There are seven committees of the Executive Board: Make and Deepen Disciples; Start and Strengthen Churches; Communications; Love Mercy Do Justice; Serve Globally; Finance; and Personnel.

You can contact the executive board at ExecBoard@covchurch.org.

voting members: Scott Dennis (2024), Grand Rapids, Michigan
Diane Trujillo Leavitt (2024), Sammamish, Washington
Julie A. Persson (2024), Carrolton, Texas
Victoria Reier (2024), Arvada, Colorado
Paula Frost (2023), Manistee, Michigan
Carl Helfrich (2023), Creve Coeur, Missouri
Philip Print (2023), Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Merideth Randles (2023), Seattle, Washington
Roberto Ghione (2022), Simi Valley, California
Doris Granberry (2022), Miami, Florida
Erick Marquez (2022), Montebello, California
Dwain Tissell (2022), Happy Valley, Oregon
Cindy Wu (2022), Sugar Land, Texas
Rebecca Barnett (2021), Acton, Massachusetts
David R. Holder (2021), New Rochelle, New York
John Stewart (2021), Worthington, Minnesota
Valerie Thomas (2021), Bethel, Alaska
Jon Bonkoski (2020), Arden Hills, Minnesota
Donna Erickson (2020), Minneapolis, Minnesota
Michael L. Jordan (2020), Kerman, California
Jenell Pluim (2020), Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Roy Applequist (2019), Salina, Kansas
Jeffrey A. Houston (2019), McPherson, Kansas
Joshua Kang (2019), Wheeling, Illinois
Alice Lee (2019), Missouri City, Texas
Michael Wilson (2019), Livermore, California
chair: Jenell Pluim
vice-chair: Jeffrey Houston
secretary: Valerie Thomas
vice-secretary: Paula Frost
ex-officio members: John Wenrich, president
Tammy Swanson-Draheim, liaison from Council of Superintendents
Arthur B. DeRooy, liaison from Board of Directors of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Christine Rosell, liaison from Board of Trustees of North Park University
advisers: Lance Davis, executive minister of the ordered ministry
Erin Chan Ding, executive director of communication
Ed Delgado, president of CHET
Rebecca Gonzalez, executive director of operations
Peter Hedstrom, president of National Covenant Properties
David Kersten, dean of North Park Theological Seminary
Steve Klimkowski, executive director of finance
Roger Oxendale, president of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Alex Rahill, interim executive minister of start and strengthen churches
Michelle Sanchez, executive minister of make and deepen disciples
Mary Surridge, president of North Park University
Al Tizon, executive minister of serve globally
Ann Wiesbrock, president of Covenant Trust Company
Cecilia Williams, executive minister of love mercy do justice
Angela Yee, executive director of ministry development

 

 

Board of Nominations

The Board of Nominations meets in October, with an annual conference call prior to Midwinter Conference in January, and develops the ballot voted on at the Annual Meeting of candidates for all denominational administrative boards. The board is responsible for securing qualified and dedicated people to influence the boards with their gifts, ethnic background, skills, gender, and ministry experience. The board is administered by the president of the Covenant and the executive vice president of the Covenant serves as advisor. Board members are nominated by regional conferences and/or ethnic representation. If interested in serving on this board, please contact your local conference office or ethnic organization. Read more…

James A. Fretheim (2023), Bemidji, Minnesota
Meghan A. K. Johnson (2023), Soldotna, Alaska
Theodore B. Law (2023) Houston, Texas
Juana I. Nesta (2023), Oakley, California
Julia D. S. Sandstrom (2023), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Paul A. Peterson (2022), Bellingham, Washington
Carolyn Larson (2021), Montclair, New Jersey
Cheryl Borgeson (2020), Chicago, Illinois
A. Evan Westburg (2020), Lincoln, Nebraska
Britt Dahlstrom (2019), Westerville, Ohio
Sarah R. Robinson (2019), Orlando, Florida
chair: Evan Westburg, Lincoln, Nebraska
secretary: Sarah Robinson, Orlando, Florida
ex-officio member: John Wenrich, president of the Covenant
adviser: Rebecca Gonzalez, executive director of operations

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Board of the Ordered Ministry

The Board of the Ordered Ministry consists of fourteen elected members, ranging in credentialed status, who meet prior to and during the Midwinter Conference and prior to the Annual Meeting. It is responsible for the supervision of ordination, licensure, care/discipline, and guidance of the ministry. The board works closely with North Park Theological Seminary in training ministerial candidates and is administered by the executive minister of the ordered ministry. This board seeks ministers and lay people who can devote themselves to a high time and energy commitment. Read more…

Sharon R. Anderson (2023), Sammamish, Washington
Randall E. Friesen (2023), Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Terrance S. Woodson (2023), Duncanville, Texas
Guadalupe Dany Flores (2022), Chicago, Illinois
Debbie Hamilton (2022), Soldotna, Alaska
Karen H. Ingebretson (2022), Grand Rapids, Michigan
Darrell L. Nelson (2022), Poplar, Wisconsin
Greg N. Applequist (2021), Omaha, Nebraska
Barbara J. Swanson (2021), Malmo, Sweden
Nancy L. Ebner (2020) Indian Orchard, Massachusetts
Henry G. Greenidge (2020), Clearwater, Florida
James N. Holst (2020), Roseville, California
Clyde K. Ohta (2019), Salem, Oregon
Mark T. Pattie (2019), Lino Lakes, Minnesota
chair: Mark T. Pattie, New Brighton, Minnesota
secretary: Greg N. Applequist, Omaha, Nebraska
ex-officio members: John S. Wenrich, president of the Covenant
Liz Mosbo VerHage, president of the Covenant Ministerium
Lance L. Davis, executive minister of the ordered ministry
David W. Kersten, dean of North Park Theological Seminary
John C. Stewart, liaison from the Executive Board
Edward F. Delgado, president of Centro Hispano de Estudios Teologicos
Catherine Gilliard, liaison from the Council of Superintendents
advisers: Theresa D. Marks, director of pastoral care services, ordered ministry
Danielle B. Ng, manager of credentialing services

 

 

Board of Pensions and Benefits

The Board of Pensions and Benefits consists of twelve-members that meets three times a year in October, February, and May to conduct the pension program of the ministers and manage the group insurance plan for church workers through Bethany Benefit Service. Members may be asked to be on a committee relating to insurance, investment, rules, or audit matters. The board is administered by the vice president for finance of the Covenant, who also serves as the director of pensions. This board seeks persons with experience or background in investments, law, or health insurance. To learn more, read Section 10.4 of the Constitution and Bylaws.

Rachel Burke (2023), Decatur, Georgia
James Stanley-Erickson (2023), Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Valton Barrett (2022), Stone Mountain, Georgia
John Douglass (2022), North Oaks, Minnesota
Bruce Peterson (2022), Eagan, Minnesota
Monty Harmon (2021), Olympia, Washington
Lowell Peterson (2021), Bay City, Wisconsin
Scott Applequist (2020), Morton Grove, Illinois
Andrea Johnson (2020), Wilmette, Illinois
Anthony Wyatt (2020), The Villages, Florida
Gilbert Friesen (2019), Westminster, Colorado
Edward Lee (2019), Missouri City, Texas
chair (adviser): R. Hugh Magill, Winnetka, Illinois
secretary: Andrea Johnson
ex-officio members: John Wenrich, president of the Covenant
Paul Hawkinson, director of pensions
Steve Klimkowski, treasurer and executive director of finance
Lance Davis, executive minister of the ordered ministry
Merideth Randles, liaison from the Executive Board
Tammy Swanson-Draheim, liaison from the Council of Superintendents
advisers: Charles Beckstrom, legal adviser
Fredrik Wall, director of finance

 

 

Board of Benevolence

The Board of Benevolence consists of twenty-one to twenty-six members and meets four times per year, typically beginning on a Friday afternoon and ending the following day by mid-afternoon. Occasionally committee conference calls are scheduled between board meetings. This board is responsible for fourteen retirement campuses, two hospitals, one health and fitness center, four homes for adults with developmental disabilities, a children’s home, a ministry for victims of domestic violence, and an affordable assisted living facility. There are four committees which fall under the board: finance, compassion, audit, and executive. Board members will be assigned to either the finance or compassion committee and may be asked to serve on additional committees as appropriate. The board is administered by the president of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence and seeks persons with varied professional backgrounds; including health care, law, administration, business or investment backgrounds.

Hilary Applequist (2024), Omaha, Nebraska
Kristen Brown (2024), Rochester, New York
Michael S. Carrion (2024), Englewood, New Jersey
Karen Rydell (2024), Portland, Oregon
David Y. Kim (2023), Fort Lee, New Jersey
Karen Manlove (2023), Swanzey, New Hampshire
Susan Poston (2023), New Brighton, Minnesota
James Rose (2023), Anchorage, Alaska
Kathy Buettner (2022), Wheaton, Illinois
Robert H. Anderson (2020), Roseville, California
Arthur DeRooy (2020), Hilmar, California
Richard Nelson (2020), Lincoln, Nebraska
Mary Palmer (2020), Concord, California
chair: Richard Nelson
vice-chair: Arthur DeRooy
secretary: Kathy Buettner
treasurer: Mary Palmer
ex-officio members: John Wenrich, president of the Covenant
Roger A. Oxendale, president of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Donna Erickson, liaison from Executive Board
Paul Wilson, liaison from Council of Superintendents
advisers: Terri Cunliffe, president, Covenant Retirement Communities, Inc.
Anthony Guaccio, president, Swedish Covenant Health
Linda H. Stuhmer, president, EMC Health, Inc.
Scott T. Hanson, vice-president; assistant treasurer

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Board of Trustees of North Park University

(Includes undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs). This board of trustees consists of up to thirty-six members, including twenty to twenty-four elected and up to nine appointed, and meets in October, February, and April. It is responsible for general supervision of the University; adopts policy and strategic plans and evaluates administration, and works on behalf of the institution in public relations and fundraising. Members are assigned to three of nine standing committees: finance, admissions and financial aid, seminary, academic, multicultural, campus development, student development, board process, and the executive board. This board is administered by the president of the University. It seeks members who uphold the mission of various programs at NPU, and can be generous in their personal financial support of North Park and in their encouragement of others to similar support.

Greg Crawford (2023), Lisle, Illinois
Gail Dahlstrom (2023), Chicago, Illinois
Peter Nelson (2023), Wilmette, Illinois
Virgil Applequist (2022), Palatine, Illinois
Jay Carstenbrock (2022), Wheaton, Illinois
Mary Miller (2022), Middletown, Connecticut
Erin Oleniczak (2022), Lincolnwood, Illinois
David Youngberg (2021), Chicago, Illinois
Mayra Lopez-Humphreys (2021), New York, New York
David Otfinoski, (2021), Chester, Connecticut
Thomas Trautman (2021), Plymouth, Minnesota
Peggy Bley (2020), San Francisco, California
Rebekah Eklund (2020), Baltimore, Maryland
Keith Hamilton (2020), Soldotna, Alaska
Efrem Smith (2020), Brentwood, California
Kanyere Eaton (2019), Mount Vernon, New York
Beth Fredrickson (2019), Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Christine Rosell (2019), Lincolnwood, Illinois
Owen Youngman (2019), Deerfield, Illinois
appointed members: Marvin Curtis (2022), Granger, Indiana
Kathryn Edin (2022), Baltimore, Maryland
Aaron Olson (2022), Chicago, Illinois
Nora Moreno-Cargie (2021), Boston, Massachusetts
Melissa Morriss-Olson (2021), West Hartford, Connecticut
Dave Helwig (2020), Plymouth, California
Megan Tamte (2020), Edina, Minnesota
Karen Meyer (2019), Denver, Colorado
chair: Owen Youngman, Deerfield, Illinois
vice-chair: Jay Carstenbrock, Wheaton, Illinois
secretary: Beth Frederickson, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
treasurer: David Youngberg
ex-officio members: John Wenrich, president of the Covenant
Mary K. Surridge, president of North Park University
Jon Bonkoski, liaison from the Executive Board
Howard Burgoyne, liaison from Council of Superintendents