Pastors and Staff

Jim and Cathy Stanley-Erickson, Co-Pastors
Carla Metz, Director of Music Ministries
Heidi Painter, Office Manager

Please feel free to speak with any of these people about the many opportunities that await you at Christ Covenant Church!

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.

Visit Pastor Cathy’s blog

(Director of Music Ministries)carla
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 Painter
(Office Manager)
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.

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LEADERSHIP TEAM Christ Covenant Church is governed according to a "congregational" system, in which the members of the church make all major decisions in congregational meetings that are held at least twice per year. Throughout the year our church is led by an eight-member Leadership Team whose members serve 2-year terms (with half of the members elected annually, and able to be elected to new terms to succeed themselves no more than twice). Terms expiring at the end of 2015: Dan DiStefano (Chair) - twice re-elected LT member Tom Moyer (Financial Officer) Bob Kaler - filling an unexpired term Carolyn Stuart Terms expiring at the end of 2016: Susan Cressman - twice re-elected LT member Linda Lotier Jeff Schneck Frank Thierer Christ Covenant Church also has three key standing committees, to which the congregation and Leadership Team elect members as noted: MUTUAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE Jeff Schneck (LT rep and chair) Carolyn Stuart (second LT rep) Jodi Scribner (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2015) Linda Szojka (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2016) NOMINATING COMMITTEE Dan DiStefano (LT rep and chair) Lois Moyer (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2015) Walt Boguslaw (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2016) Rev.'s Jim & Cathy Stanley-Erickson (co-pastors) FINANCIAL COMMITTEE (LT liaison = Linda Lotier) Craig Ikeda (leader, term expires at the end of 2015) David Lotier (term expires at the end of 2016) Claude Bevan (term expires at the end of 2017) Tom Moyer (Financial Officer)   MINISTRY TEAMS As provided in our Bylaws, our leadership structure also includes the establishment of Ministry Teams to implement the varied ministries of the church. Ten such ministry teams are established at present. Each of our Ministry Teams is listed below, along with its Team leader and Leadership Team liaison: Administration: Don Lepp (LT liaison = Susan Cressman) Buildings & Grounds: Thelma Craig (LT liaison = Bob Kaler) Christian Formation: Sandie Thierer (LT liaison = Pastor Jim) Community Connections: Mig Robertson (LT liaison = Frank Thierer) Congregational Care: Jan Marcheski (LT liaison = Jeff Schneck) Congregational Life: Lynda Bair (LT liaison = Carolyn Stuart) Missions: Andrew Giampa (LT liaison = Tom Moyer) Small Groups: Jill Gower (LT liaison = Dan DiStefano) Worship Planning: Pastor Cathy and Carla Metz (LT liaison = Pastor Cathy) Youth Ministry: Marie DiStefano, Emma Edwards, Craig Ikeda, Bob Siegfried (LT liaison = Dan DiStefano)
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