Senior Minister and Head of Staff
Bob's ministry has focused on the centrality of worship, on pastoral care, and on vibrant mission programs. He is interested in creating and leading dynamic worship that is faithful to Reformed Theology.
"With the dawn of the new millennium, the church stands at a critical juncture in her history,” Bob says. “Certainly I believe the problems plaguing our world - economic disparity, racial injustice, oppression, the list goes on - find their only true hope in the gospel. Yet in our pluralistic world of competing claims, we have the unique opportunity to convey the particularity of the Christian message through language and symbols that bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular.”
Bob comes to Covenant from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., where he served as senior pastor 1993 to 2008. Prior to Westminster, Bob was associate pastor of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia from 1988-1993.
Bob's family moved to Winston-Salem when he was twelve years old, and he graduated from Reynolds High School in 1980. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics and religion from Furman University, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained March 12, 1989. In 1996, he was awarded his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Bob loves to see people grow in their personal faith. He has witnessed this particularly on mission trips and in local mission programs. Bob has participated in three trips to Kenya, including one with his family as part of a sabbatical in 2005. In addition, Bob has organized mission teams to Haiti, Mexico, and Appalachia, and his congregation initiated an innovative partnership with an underprivileged neighborhood in Greensboro.
"An active, hands-on passion for mission proceeds from both vibrant worship and deliberate cultivation of the spiritual life,” he says. “Activities and assets that tangibly extend the love of God to our needy world lend a concrete expression to the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Associate Minister for Pastoral Care and Discipleship
Joan’s deep commitment to ministry began as a young person growing up in the Presbyterian Church, and over the years it has found many forms of expression. She embraces the rich tradition of Reformed faith and has particular interest in worship and preaching.
“I believe we are created for God and find our completion and purpose only in God,” Joan says. “As a pastor I am called to proclaim the good news of this Gospel in its saving, healing, and transforming power through Jesus Christ. And I do so gladly.”
Joan is a native of North Carolina who spent her early years in Virginia and Tennessee before moving to Texas. She holds degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div.); Presbyterian School of Christian Education - now Union/PSCE (M.A.); University of North Texas (B.S.). She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary and is a certified Christian Educator.
Over a 20 year period, Joan served several Texas churches, primarily as a Christian educator, but also doing pastoral care, worship leadership and preaching. She was called to Covenant Presbyterian in July 2003 and has served as Associate Minister for Christian Education and Spiritual Formation.
She and her husband, David, an architectural illustrator and real estate broker, relocated to Charlotte along with their two children: David, Jr., and Ann. Joan’s avocations include gardening and being in nature, interior design, photography, writing, travel, reading, good conversations and lots of laughter!
Associate Minister of Education
Contemporary Worship Service Music Director
Recreation Ministries Director
Director of Women's Ministries
High School Ministry Director
Mission and Outreach Director
Early Childhood and Elementary Ministry Director
Young Adult Ministry Director
Engagement Ministry Director
Courtney St. Onge
Music Ministry Director
Organist and Associate Music Ministry Director
Claire Lowrance Tomkinson
Middle School Ministry Director
Nutritionist and Food Services Manager