Pastor Nathan McLaurin
As one of the pastors, Nate is responsible for facilitating the execution of vision at Christ’s Covenant Church. These duties include regular meetings with pastors, departmental staff, and deacons. Nate joined the CCC staff in March 2008 and was responsible for leadership development within the local church before he accepted the executive position, so he continues to participate in IMPACT training as well as take on some occasional preaching. Nate is a graduate of North Greenville College in Greenville, South Carolina, which he considers “home.” It was here in the beautiful south that he met his wife Robyn, and the two have a lively household of five kids, Abby, Katelyn, Abrianna, Kai, and Liam. One truth that Nate desires the people at CCC to embrace is the goodness of God’s creation (even in its fallen state), so as to blur the line of “secular” and “sacred.” It’s all sacred because it’s all God’s! So whether we eat or drink (coffee!), paint or write poetry, sing or sit in silence, it’s all to His glory!
Pastor Larry McCall
Pastor Larry is responsible to serve the church by strategically reinforcing CCC’s values through member shepherding/care, preaching, teaching, writing, leadership advising, and strategically representing Christ’s Covenant Church. Larry has served as a pastor at CCC since 1981. In addition to pastoring, he enjoys speaking at retreats and conferences across the United States and abroad as the Lord opens doors. He has written a number of articles and is the author of two books, Walking Like Jesus Did and Loving Your Wife as Christ Loved the Church. Pastor Larry received his BA in New Testament Greek and MDiv from Grace College and Theological Seminary. In 1993, he went on to complete his Doctor of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Illinois. When Pastor Larry gets time to relax, he enjoys spending time with his wife Gladine, being with his grandkids, reading books on notable people and events in history, scuba diving, or paddling around in his canoe or kayak.
Pastor Rod Valentine
Pastor Rod oversees organizational efforts that move the congregation toward meaningful community that is found in Life Groups, Pastoral Care, Assimilation, and Membership relationships. He also provides oversight of CCC’s Lay Counseling Ministry. Rod and his wife Jan were part of CCC while attending Grace College in the early 80’s, where Rod graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies. He returned to the staff at CCC in July 2004 and was ordained as a CCC Pastor in November 2005. Before coming on staff at CCC, Pastor Rod served in several ministries including Camp Forest Springs, a year round non-denominational Christian camp in north central Wisconsin, and CROSSTraining, a college discipleship ministry at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his free time, Rod enjoys being outdoors, running, and riding his motorcycle.
Pastor Marc Goodwin
DIRECTOR FOR FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES
As our Director for Family Life Ministries, Marc is responsible for caring for our families by partnering with parents and other adult volunteers as they help the young people of CCC to grow in spiritual maturity. Marc joined the staff of CCC in October of 2010. A native Hoosier, Marc has returned to Indiana from Ohio, where he served as the Youth and Children’s Pastor at Beavercreek Baptist Church. Marc has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and an MDiv from Southern Seminary. He loves ministering to students and has a passion for seeing young people start to center their lives around the gospel. Marc enjoys reading, writing, watching baseball, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his wife Stephanie, son Caleb, and baby daughter Emma.
Pastor Kyle Brenneman
DIRECTOR FOR WORSHIP & COLLEGE MINISTRIES
Kyle is responsible for organizing and directing the worship ministry at CCC. This includes oversight of the Sunday morning worship ministry, facilitating corporate worship, and contributing to overall service planning. He also directs CCC’s ministry to college students, working to encourage and build up students and helping them to see the value of the local church. Kyle is a 2008 graduate of Huntington University where he majored in Worship Leadership. He received his Master’s of Divinity in Intercultural Studies at Grace Theological Seminary in 2011. Kyle is married to Emily, and the two welcomed their first baby, Asher, in January. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing the guitar, playing board games, and watching movies.
DIRECTOR FOR DISCIPLESHIP
Gabe, our only non-coffee drinker on staff, provides oversight and direction to ministries that fall under the Engaging His Word value here at CCC, including Life Education, IMPACT leadership training, and discipleship initiatives. Gabe has a passion for seeing all believers become excited about the Lord Jesus Christ and transformed by the power of His Word, and he longs for gospel-centered discipleship to permeate the culture of Christ’s Covenant Church. Gabe’s passion for discipleship was first cultivated while involved in campus ministry at Manchester College, and was subsequently stirred through his ministry involvement at Grace College. He served as a pastoral intern under the staff of CCC from 2007-2008 and completed two consecutive internships at Fox Valley Bible Church under the leadership of Paul Alexander during the summers of 2008 and 2009. Gabe received his B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Manchester College in 2006 and his M.Div. in Pastoral Studies from Grace Theological Seminary in 2010. Gabe enjoys pizza, Mt. Dew, and spending time with his new bride Bethany.
Pastor Bryan Hickerson
Pastor Bryan serves as a lay pastor here at CCC, working with men’s discipleship. He joined the staff in 2013. Bryan grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he also met his wife Jo. After several years of playing pro baseball he began working with Unlimited Potential, Inc., an organization that aims to reach, teach, and train baseball players for the purpose of sending them out into the world to share the love and good news of Jesus Christ. Bryan was on staff full time with UPI from 1998-2012, serving as director of outreach to our military while also overseeing ministry operations his last 4 years. He currently works for Intercession Haiti. He and Jo have 4 children, Emily, Joey, Claire, and Tommy.
As our Administrator, Art is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church office, which include financial responsibilities, human resources, facilities, and leading the diaconate team, in order to free the pastors to shepherd and care for the church body. Art began attending Christ’s Covenant Church in 2000 and became a deacon in February 2009, serving in the realm of benevolence. In February 2010, he transitioned into the role of Treasurer. Art is originally from Lima, OH and came to Warsaw/Winona Lake to attend Grace College. He graduated with an Accounting & Business Administration degree and received his MBA in 2011 from Indiana Wesleyan University. Art met his wife, Stephanie, at Grace College. They have a daughter, Jolie, and twin boys, Cohen & Silas. Art enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, running, and hunting.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Kirsten’s roles at CCC include maintaining the church website and computers and tech needs, designing and editing print materials, and overseeing basic church communications. She also oversees volunteers who help in areas of communication such as photography, writing, and graphic design. Kirsten is excited about the privilege of doing what she loves to help communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people at CCC. She received a B.A. in English from Grace College in 2004, and by God’s grace, had the opportunity to learn graphic design on her own. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, right in the heart of Buckeye country, and loves watching college football. She and her husband Dan have a three-year old daughter, Anna, who currently thinks that everybody works at a church “like mommy does.”
Renita, our Office Assistant, oversees many of the church office functions, including clerical & receptionist support, church calendar and building usage coordination, database management, payroll, A/P, contributions, and administrative support for special events. She also oversees volunteer efforts associated with the library, bookstore, and other functions as needed. Renita and her husband Mike live in Claypool and have four kids, Jalen, Tiffany, Brayden, and Alex. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and kids, camping, entertaining guests in their home, and traveling.
As the Office Assistant, Jenna is responsible for answering phones and greeting visitors during the week. She also assists Renita with calendaring, data base upkeep, and other administrative tasks. Jenna, who joined our staff in 2012, grew up in Hicksville, Ohio and graduated from Grace College in 2010 with a degree in business & accounting. She volunteers with CCC’s youth and has a passion for discipling young women to know and love God.