Commission on Covenant History

Commission on Covenant History

The Commission on Covenant History is a standing commission established by the Annual Meeting in 1935 for the purpose of providing guidance and assistance to programs and policies related to the collection, preservation, maintenance, and interpretation of historical records of the Evangelical Covenant Church. To contact the Commission on Covenant History, please email communication(at)

Commission Tasks

  • Historical perspective & analysis: the commission directs development of historical records and resources in partnership with the Covenant historians and others.
  • Acquisition of material: the commission provides oversight of the Covenant Archives and Historical Library housed at North Park University in partnership with the Covenant archivist; the commission also oversees the development of oral histories of Covenant leaders representing the breadth of voices within the Covenant Church as well as the collection of information from affiliated Covenant institutions and local churches, providing guidance to local churches regarding retention of their historical records.
  • Records retention and collection management: the commission provides guidance to ECC offices and conference offices in partnership with the archivist.
  • Public interaction and accessibility to historical records: the commission pursues emerging technologies that facilitate access to records as part of the Covenant Archives and Historical Library.


The commission produced two instructional resources to help local churches develop and enhance their archives. Both are freely available online.

Current Projects

  • Planning and coordinating the group Friends of Covenant History – a group which exists to gather, connect, and equip Covenanters to engage in the Covenant’s story. Become a member in this group to receive a newsletter and find us on Facebook.
  • The commission continues to sponsor the development of various resources, including work currently under way to publish new translations of Philip Jacob Spener’s writings on Pietism.
  • Can you think of a project the Commission on Covenant History should tackle? Let us know by emailing communication(at) and we’ll be in touch.

Commission Members

  • Philip J. Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Church History, North Park Theological Seminary (Hovland, Minnesota)
  • Dominique DuBois Gilliard, Pastor, New Hope Oakland (Oakland, California)
  • Peter Hawkinson, Pastor, Winnetka Covenant Church (Winnetka, Illinois)
  • Lenore Knight Johnson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Trinity Christian College (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Evelmyn Ivens, Office Manager & Bookkeeper, Christian Community Development Association (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Cal Katter, Professor Emeritus, North Park University (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Andy Meyer (chair), Head of Electronic Resources and Interlibrary Loan, North Park University (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Kurt Peterson, Director of Development, Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Elise Steel, Pastor (Tumwater, Washington)
  • Mark Tao, Pastor, Immanuel Covenant Church (Chicago, Illinois)

Advisory Members

  • Anna-Kajsa Anderson, Director, F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections
  • Jane Swanson-Nystrom, Managing Editor, Covenant Communications
  • Hauna Ondrey, Teaching Fellow in Church History, North Park Theological Seminary

Ex-officio Members

  • Ed Gilbreath, Executive Minister, Covenant Communications
  • Gary Walter, President, Evangelical Covenant Church

Sponsoring Department

  • Department of Communication, Evangelical Covenant Church