Patrick King – Lead Pastor

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Patrick was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2004 with a B.A. in business. While at Wheaton he met his wife Kennerly. After graduating from college, Patrick pursued business working in a start-up company in Scottsdale, AZ. Within a few years, Patrick and Kennerly each felt led to spend more time teaching God’s Word and caring for souls. They decided to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL for seminary and both graduated with Masters of Divinity in 2011. During this time God instilled in them a love for his church. Patrick served as an Associate Pastor at Trinity Church in Plymouth, MI after graduating and came to Covenant in December 2014. Kennerly and Patrick have three sons, Micah, Jonah, and Ezra. Patrick enjoys playing soccer, going to the beach and trying new restaurants, preferably in North Park.

Joyce Campbell – Director of Operations

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Joyce is a Southern California native who moved to San Diego in 2018 with her husband Milton. In 2021, the Campbells welcomed their daughter Khalia into their family. Joyce attended Brown University and graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Prior to moving to San Diego, she lived in Perth, Australia for 2 years serving as the Operations Coordinator for YWAM and continues to work in operations in non-profits in San Diego. She met her husband Milton in a serendipitous moment 2 days before she left for Australia while he was on a work trip in LA. They pursued a long distance relationship for a year until she returned to California to get married. Joyce and Milton started attending Covenant Church after she saw Covenant’s “Welcome” banner on her way to buy groceries right across the street at Vons. They attended service the following Sunday and have been here ever since, calling Covenant Church home. Joyce is passionate about building community and planning events and enjoys playing soccer, being outdoors, traveling, and cooking for friends.

Kennerly King – Assistant Pastor

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Kennerly grew up in San Diego, but moved away to attend Wheaton College in Illinois. She graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Communication. While at Wheaton, Kennerly met her husband Patrick King, and after living and working in Arizona for their first year of marriage, the Kings moved to Birmingham, AL to attend Beeson Divinity School. Kennerly graduated from Beeson in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. Now back in San Diego, Kennerly is delighted to be serving the community at Covenant. Patrick and Kennerly have three sons, Micah, Jonah, and Ezra.

Kristin Dawson – Director of Covenant Kids & Students

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Kristin graduated from West Virginia University with a Master’s in Elementary Education specializing in Early Childhood Development. For eight years Kristin was an elementary school teacher in Norfolk, Virginia. Her experience included grades Pre-K to 4th grade. She has taught in a public urban school district, a private Christian school, and camp settings. Most recently Kristin was an assistant teacher at Grace Kids Preschool in North Park. She has a contagious joy for helping children see the greatness of God in all of life and learning how to live into God’s great Story in tangible ways. Kristin is married to Jared, who is an outdoor enthusiast and helicopter pilot. They have two young kids, Eliza and Henry. Most weekends, they can be found on a mountain or exploring a new town, often chasing after a scenic view or flower field.

Kendall Byrd – Assistant Director of Covenant Kids & Students

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Kendall was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated from California Baptist University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Curriculum Development. Her husband, Brandon, grew up at Covenant Church. After getting engaged, in 2016, Kendall began attending Covenant as well. The Byrds got married in 2017 and have two children, Magnolia and Lewis. Kendall taught first grade for three years before their family was called to the mission field in Jamaica. They served as missionaries in a rural community called Harmons for two years (2019-2021). While in Harmons, Kendall was in the role of Education Director and had the privilege of working directly with local schools and families in the community in the area of literacy development. Since returning to San Diego, Kendall has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, doing renovations and designing their “fixer upper” home, and being outdoors in our beautiful city!

Michael Bottomley – Music Director

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Michael is a professional musician with many years of experience, now specializing in teaching lessons on piano, violin, and guitar. Along with his musical skill, Michael brings pastoral wisdom and over ten years of experience as a church music director. He desires to encourage the Covenant community through worship with music that reflects the beauty and glory of God. Outside of music, Michael delights in spending time with his three kids, playing hockey, and enjoying the beach.

Will Carreras – Missions & Mercy Director

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Will has a Masters of Divinity from Azusa Pacific, he has served on The North American Mission Board, planted 2 urban churches downtown San Diego, and is under care for ordination in our denomination (EPC). He also works as a recruiter bringing employers and employees together. Will and his wife Tina have two daughters, Sydney and Skylar. Will cares deeply about seeking God’s justice and mercy, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus in word and deed, and connecting others with this work locally and globally.

Milton Campbell – Visual Arts Director

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Milton was born in Brooklyn, NY to Jamaican parents who immigrated to the U.S. in the late 60s. Growing up, Milton spent several years in New York and later in Florida for high school and college. With a degree in graphic design, Milton has worked as a freelance Graphic Designer / Art-Director for over twenty years. He appreciates the problem solving involved in design and the ability to communicate in the medium of visual arts. In his free time, Milton enjoys playing music from his collection of records and video games. Milton is married to Joyce who also works at Covenant. In 2021 they welcomed their daughter Khalia into their family.

Bob Parrish – Congregational Care Director

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Bob is a San Diego native. He has worked in television (KFMB-TV), Publishing (Excel Math), and manufacturing (Vatran Systems) before retiring in 2021. For many years, Bob has actively served in church leadership roles using his musical gifts, pastoral discernment, hospitality, and wise care for others. After a weekend of retirement, Bob was called to join the staff at Covenant; providing leadership to our deacon team, heading up men’s ministry, and helping connect new people in the life of our church. Bob is married to Lisa and they have three adult children. Bob enjoys playing the guitar, cooking delicious  meals, and knows his way around the San Diego Zoo.

Covenant Elders

Our elders provide spiritual and practical leadership to our community. They help the staff with decision-making and accountability. The elders are people gifted with experience, wisdom, and humility. Our current elders are: Rick Preibisius, Alicia Luschei, Matt Chang, Bob Parrish, Jean Froning, Anne Stocking, and Bo Harvey.

Covenant Deacons

Our deacons serve the church by caring for the spiritual and physical needs of our community. The deacon title comes from the Greek word for “servant.” The deacons are people who serve with hearts full of grace and compassion. Our current deacons are: Jenne Hill Kaufman, Patti Hyss, Sharon Halverson, Brandon and Kendall Byrd, Bob and Kim Byrd, Lisa Parrish, Drew Zeller, Kathy Preibisius, Peter and Lisa Yorgin, Phil and Wanda Hill, Guy and Maureen Gray, and Abby Murrell.