We love serving. Our staff is always looking for new ways to share God's love, to nurture and connect with people in our congregation, our local communities, and our world.
Cathy and Jim came to Christ Covenant Church in January 2010 as a co-pastor husband and wife ministry team.
Jim grew up in Covenant churches, born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He acknowledged his call to ministry while bicycling across the country to raise funds and awareness for Covenant World Missions. Cathy grew up American Baptist, spending much of her childhood overseas as she traveled with her missionary parents. She wanted to be a con cert pianist until she began college, when she also acknowledged the call to ministry.
Jim and Cathy both have Master of Divinity degrees from North Park Theological Seminary, in Chicago, IL (1995 and 1997, respectively). Jim’s undergraduate degrees are from North Park College in secondary education (with an internship in Sweden); Cathy’s undergraduate degree is in Spanish from Bowdoin College (she has studied in Ecuador).
Before moving to Harleysville, Jim and Cathy served as co-pastors at Arbor Covenant Church in Madison, WI from 2004-2009, and at Pilgrim Covenant Church in South Plainfield, NJ for six years before that. At their prior church, Jim was involved in the Central Conference of the Covenant and the local clergy group, while Cathy served on the Covenant Board of Benevelonce.
Jim and Cathy have a daughter, Kajsa Ling.
Carla was born and raised in the farm country of York, PA. She holds a degree in Music Education (K thru 12) from West Chester State University, with a major in piano and vocal/choral concentration. She has continuing study credits in handbell music, choral conducting, and children’s music education.
After graduating from WCU, Carla accepted a position as music teacher at a private nursery school located in Paoli, PA. She remained there for 10 years and, during that time, began teaching Kindermusik, a specialized music program for very young children.
In 1989 Carla began her ministry as our Director of Music. She also teaches piano to children in our church and community.
Carla lives in Pennsburg, PA, with her husband, Bruce, and son, Zackery.
Heidi attended Eastern University, graduating with a B.A. in English Communications for Secondary Education in 2002. After graduation, Heidi taught 7 grade English at Penn View Christian School for 13 years. She and her husband, Dan Painter, have been members of Christ Covenant Church for 15 years, and they have two children, Ben (14) and Evelyn (2). Heidi joined the Staff in May of 2016. She is involved in many aspects of music & children’s ministry programs at church. Heidi enjoys cooking, directing theater productions, drinking coffee, and watching Hallmark movies.