Pastors and Staff

Jim and Cathy Stanley-Erickson, Co-Pastors
Carla Metz, Director of Music Ministries
Thelma Craig, Office Manager
Cindy Garcia, Church Custodian

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

Jim and Cathy 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 concert 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.

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(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.

(Office Manager)
Thelma has been a member of Christ Covenant Church her entire life.  She has been Office Manager for over 24 years.  Her ministries at Christ Covenant include co-leading the Senior Adult Ministry, leading women’s Bible studies, leading the Buildings & Grounds Ministry Team, participating in the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and helping out whenever needed.  Thelma and Dale have been married for over 40 years and have two grown daughters, Sharon and Lori (both married).  Her favorite pastime is spent with her granddaughter, Abigail.