John Nowaczewski
Pastor

John was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family in London, England. As a result, he attended the Jesuit college of Saint Ignatius in Stamford Hill where he witnessed the abuse of power that was the hallmark of the church at that time.  John decided to leave the Jesuit college and enter the workforce. Joining one of the predecessor banks of Bank of America in London and later transferring to Charlotte, NC, where he planned to make a career of banking.

 

In the miracle of faith, John became a member of Sharon Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, where he served as an elder and moderator of the Worship Committee. He entered Union Presbyterian Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.

 

John and his wife, Carolyn, have been blessed with three grown children: Sarah, Jack, and Timothy, his wife Jackie and their children Asher and Violet. He enjoys reading, fishing and hunting. He is an enthusiastic helper to Carolyn in her beekeeping ministry: the idea of being a friend and helper to the environment has stewardship overtones that cannot be ignored.

 

John has a love of preaching The Word: proclamation being within the walls of the congregation, as well as in the streets of our neighborhoods, where Gods children work live and play. The opportunity to minister has no boundaries.

Lisa has served as Covenant’s administrative assistant in charge of communications and bookkeeping since April 2011. Before coming to Covenant Lisa homeschooled her two children, which was a profession in itself.

After her children went to college, Lisa answered God’s call to work alongside Covenant’s congregation to provide support to the many volunteers and committee members to “get the church work done” in the office. 

Lisa is married to Mike Quinn. They have two children, Melia and Ryan, and his wife, Grea. In her spare time she likes to read, watch Hallmark movies, and spend time with her family and her beloved poodle, Taffy! 

We are fortunate to have such a people person in Lisa! Her dedication to our church is exemplary. There are no details too small. Projects are completed with grace and a smile.

Lisa Quinn
Administrative Assistant

Rosalyn Davis is our organist, chancel choir and handbell director and is a 

member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She has been in this position for 38 
years.


Rosalyn received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Winthrop 
University and did summer study in piano at the Juilliard School of Music in 
NYC.


She has also served in these positions at the First ARP Church in Lancaster, 
SC and the First Methodist Church in Clover, SC.
Rosalyn taught public school music for almost 40 years. She first taught in 
Chester, SC then spent 28 years in York School District #1 from where she 
retired. After retiring from SC, she then taught in Union County (NC) for 8+ 
more years.


She spends her spare time sewing and quilting and keeping three of her 
grandchildren during the week.

Rosalyn Davis
Director of Music

Our Leadership

From the PCUSA Book of Order:

The Church’s ministry is a gift from Jesus Christ to the whole Church. Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills, exercising his authority by the ministry of women and men for the establishment and extension of God’s new creation. Christ’s ministry is the foundation and standard for all ministry, the pattern of the one who came “not to be served but to serve” (Matt. 20:28).

 

The basic form of ministry is the ministry of the whole people of God, from whose midst some are call to ordered ministries. These are described in the New Testament and maintained by this church as elders.

 

Ordered ministries are gifts to the church to order its life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish.

 

The Session

The Session is our governing body which is comprised of 9 elders, and elected by the congregation to service 3-year terms. These elders make the majority of decisions for the congregation, guided by the Scriptures and the PCUSA’s Constitution, Book of Confessions and the Book of Order. The Session is primarily responsible for the maintenance of worship, property, personnel, and the spiritual well-being of the congregation.

Elder is from the Greek word for elder, presbyteros, that our denomination derives its name. The history of this office is simple. Between 40 and 65 AD the Apostle Paul traveled the Mediterranean, planted churches, helped them grow, and moved on. To make sure these churches had competent leadership, he would ordain groups of elders to oversee their spiritual and physical needs. Still adhering to this tradition, our congregation elects 3 new ruling elders each year to join the session.

     Class of 2019

     Steve Garland

     Skeet Dawkins

     Eloise Rosamond

     Class of 2020

     Sam Cook

     Jerry Cordell

     Phillip Griffith

     Class of 2021

     Rosalyn Davis

     Lenny Sistar

     Terry Odom

Our Staff

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