Leadership

Pastor
Dr. Pete Smith
Peter Smith
BACKGROUND: Pete has a BA in Political Science from Geneva College, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando FL. For twenty years he served as a church planter and pastor in the greater Washington DC area.  Currently, Pete teaches American Government and Economics at Trinity Christian School.
HOMETOWN: Wilkinsburg, PA
HOBBIES: Eurogames, movies, discussing politics & theology
FUN FACT: I was in my high school’s first graduating class. I own over 100 boardgames.
Elders
Lou Beatty
Lou Beatty
BACKGROUND: Lou has a BS Science and Education from Geneva College, Beaver Falls. He has spent his career in sales for a number of equipment manufacturers and is currently Director: Sales and Marketing for Megator Corporation – Americas.
HOMETOWN: Northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa
HOBBIES: Outdoorsman – camp/fish/hunt
FUN FACT: Travel includes both national and international but there is no place like home – seriously!
Drew Gordon
Drew Gordon
BACKGROUND: Drew has been an editor for 30 years, including 25 years with Crown & Covenant Publications. He earned a B.A. in English from Geneva College and has completed several seminary courses. Drew has written several Bible studies for Faith Alive Publications. He is board president for Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills, Pa., and serves on the Interchurch Committee of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Drew is married with three grown children.
HOMETOWN: Williamsport, Pa. Has lived for the past 26 years in Wilkinsburg, Pa.
HOBBIES: Reading, dabbling in sports, tinkering with computers.
FUN FACT: Drew didn’t gain any individual accolades for his high school and college basketball career, but he did have the opportunity to play some future pro basketball players, including one who dunked on Drew so many times during one game that his fingers bled.
Joel Butler
Joel Bulter
BACKGROUND: Joel has a M. Div. from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, FL. He serves as Director of Youth Ministry for Covenant Fellowship and its Kidzone Ministry. Professionally, he designs HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical systems for commercial, educational and residential buildings.
HOMETOWN: Wilkinsburg, PA
HOBBIES: Camping, Family recreation such as playing tackle and building models with the boys, Outreach to Cults.
FUN FACT: Joel has traveled to England, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, and Bahamas. During his college years, he visited a cabin in Switzerland previously owned by a man named Ulrich Zwingli, without knowing the importance of the Reformer.
Deacons
Art Byers

BACKGROUND: Art has a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Analytical Chemistry and a B.S. from Westminster College. He has worked for Westinghouse Electric for over 30 years, where he specializes in nuclear crud, sludge, and corrosion. He and his wife Carol came to Covenant Fellowship by way of the Gilmore Avenue Area Fellowship group.
HOMETOWN: Art grew up a PCUSA PK in New Castle, PA, and now resides in Murrysville, PA.
HOBBIES: Biking, skiing, basketball, and especially Ultimate.
FUN FACT: Art started working with Covenant Youth in 1992, and at Laurelville, he has never refused to go into the mud.
Lois Claerbaut

BACKGROUND: Lois grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated from local Christian schools and from Calvin College with a BA in Elementary Education. She taught first grade, kindergarten, and pre-school for 20 years while also raising a family of six children. For the past 13 years Lois has worked at Crown & Covenant Publications, shipping orders all over the world and helping with other tasks as needed.
HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, PAHOBBIES: Sewing, Scrap booking, and Counted Cross Stitch
FUN FACT: I have 16 grandchildren (so far) including a set of quadruplets and a set of twins. It truly is fun (and sometimes chaotic) when all 28 of us are together as a family. God has truly blessed my husband, Dale, and me!
Jim Copeland

BACKGROUND: Graduate of Wilkinsburg High School & Geneva College. Worked as a construction laborer, carpenter, self-employed contractor and construction project manager. Most recently employed by the Garfield Jubilee Association as a Construction Manager and a construction and carpentry instructor.
Born in Cyprus and grew up from the age of 10 in Wilkinsburg.
Jim enjoys being with and watching his grandchildren grow up, woodworking and renovation projects, reading a variety of books, listening to music especially jazz and watching sports now that he can’t play sports.
Jim and his wife, Sandy, have 10 grandchildren.
Carol Edgar

BACKGROUND: I have a BA from Geneva in Political Science and a MPA (Master in Public Administration) for Syracuse University. I worked for the Penn in the library for a year and in the Model Classification Program in the Philadelphia Prison System for 2 years. Since moving to Pittsburgh, I served on the board of the RP Home for 13 years and have worked at the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary since 1988, and as secretary to the president since 1994. I have been married to John for 41 years, we have 4 children and 4 in-laws and 8 grandchildren.
HOMETOWN: Syracuse, NY
HOBBIES: Skiing, walking and being with my children and grandchildren.
FUN FACT: Three of my grandchildren live next door.
Faith Martin

BACKGROUND: I graduated from Geneva College with a BA in English and taught high school for three years. I left teaching to rear our three sons. As they reached school age, I began my work at the Reformed Presbyterian Home, retiring after 36 years there.
HOMETOWN: I was born and reared in Spring Valley, New York. Since then have lived in Philadelphia, PA, Kansas City, MO, Neubrucke, Germany, and Pittsburgh, PA (for the last 41 years).
HOBBIES: My hobbies are reading and writing.
FUN FACT: We have three grown sons and eight grandchildren.
James Sauereisen

BACKGROUND: James has served as Regional Program Leader and Church Ministry Chairman for Nashville, TN based Gideons International for the past 10 years. The Gideons International place the word of God in the hands of people in over 200 countries and the bibles placed have been translated into roughly 100 languages. In 2013 with the help of many others, James coordinated a Scripture Blitz in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. James also visits the sick, seniors with various afflictions, and widowers in the East End of Pittsburgh with Home Instead, Inc. Also active in weekly prison ministry leading bible studies. Prior to that James worked with his brother and cousin in a family business selling specialty cement. He earned a B.A. (Corporate Communications) from Elon University and later a Masters of Theology at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
HOMETOWN: Born in Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and now lives in the Highland Park area of Pittsburgh.
HOBBIES: Travel, photography, reading, movies, hiking, fishing, basketball, inline skating, and pretty much anything involving the outdoors. Also enjoys time with his 4 nephews and 3 nieces.
FUN FACT: As a young kid I thought it was great to be born on Halloween, but when I knew better growing up liked the fact that it is the same day Protestant Reformation Day is celebrated.

Becky Wilkinson

BACKGROUND: Becky has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Concentration in English from Ohio University. She has worked in social services and education, as well as being a homemaker. She home schooled her four sons for almost twenty years.
HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh
HOBBIES: Reading, Walking, Listening to music, Singing
FUN FACT: I moved to Wilkinsburg when I was eight years old
Administrator
Autumn Butler

BACKGROUND: Autumn has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration.  She joined Covenant Fellowship in 2001 while she was attending the University of Pittsburgh.  Her husband Joel is Covenant Fellowship’s Director of Youth Ministries.  They have 3 children and have lived in Wilkinsburg since 2010.
HOMETOWN: Syracuse, NY
HOBBIES: Reading National Geographic Magazines

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