Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Church Leadership

and Session Information

Covenant ministers

Phone: 704.333.9071

Bob Henderson

Senior Minister, Head of Staff

Bob's ministry has focused on the centrality of worship, on pastoral care, and on vibrant mission programs.
He is interested in creating and leading dynamic worship that is faithful to Reformed Theology. "With the dawn of the new millennium, the church stands at a critical juncture in her history.
Phone: 704.804.7580

Katherine Kerr

Senior Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Pastoral Care 

Katherine's  greatest joy in ministry is making connections with people in order to share God’s love and spread God’s word. Whether in worship, in conversation, or through serving together, it is our human connections that most profoundly show us how God is at work in our world. 
Phone: 704.804.7572

Grace Lindvall

Associate Minister for Education

Prior to her time at Covenant, Grace served as an associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte since 2015. She holds a BA in political science and English and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Grace has held various internships during seminary, including youth ministry, worship leadership and Bible study curriculum development. She also served in Rwanda and Kenya. 
Phone: 704.804.7573

Mary Kate Sykes

Pastoral Resident – Education

Mary Kate, a child of Covenant, is known to many at the church as a member, a People in Mission intern, and as an Interim Middle School Youth Leader in 2016. After graduating from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in psychology and minor in education and religion, Mary Kate worked with both Trinity Episcopal School as an instructional assistant and as an international leader for Moondance Adventures. While in seminary, her internships included Central Presbyterian Church, UKirk Atlanta, and a chaplaincy with Chris180 in Atlanta. Prior to joining Covenant as Pastoral Resident, Mary Kate was serving as Ministry Coordinator at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Phone: 704.804.7577

Serenitye Taylor

Pastoral Resident – Congregational Life and Pastoral Care

Serenitye has a passion for being in loving community with others. Her interest includes pastoral care and chaplaincy. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in English and is a recent graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She has served as a volunteer for Hospice in Rock Hill, SC as well as a Chaplain intern at Atrium Hospital. Serenitye believes that it is a privilege to serve alongside others and with those in need.
Phone: 704.804.7578 

Nikki Zimmermann

Pastoral Resident – Mission and Outreach

Nikki was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia before heading to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies. After college, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee as part of the 2016 Teach for America Corps where she taught 6th grade ELA. From Nashville, Nikki moved to Princeton, New Jersey to begin her studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. During her third year in the Master of Divinity program, Nikki served as the Pastor of Sunday Worship at Kingston United Methodist in Kingston, NJ. When she is not at church, Nikki can be found on a bike ride, a run, or reading on her Mezzanine porch.

Current Elders

As a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Presbytery of Charlotte, Covenant is organized according to the denomination's Book of Order. Men and women are nominated and elected by the congregation to serve three-year terms as ordained elders.
Session minutes can be downloaded below.

Whitney Bouknight

Bill Cathey

Katie Coley

Wilson Cooper

Janey Delery

Vincent DiSandro

Jim Dobbins

Ashley Friello

David Frost

Robin Goodson

Kerry Hamilton

Stephen Hicks

Terry Horne

Amy Hunter

Tim Kendrick

Beth Koonce

Payton Majors

Preston Manning

Jacquelyn McAbee

John McAlister

Teresa Moore

Erin Nixon

Drew Quartapella

Ann Reed

Bill Saunders

Lecia Shockley

Courtney St. Onge

Burnet Tucket

Ben Unger

Lou Watson

Grace Williams

Sarah Wilson

A Message to the Congregation from Session

At the November 14, 2022 Session meeting, the Planning and Evaluation Board offered a small number of refinements to the Arts Task Force recommendations, while enthusiastically endorsing the substance of the Task Force’s Report. The essence of the Arts Task Force recommendations remains the same with the following modifications:
  • Defer the replacement of the protective window coverings for all of the stained glass and refer that decision to the Property Committee to be considered as part of future maintenance.  
  • Make a grant to Habitat for Humanity in an amount equal to the estimated cost of removal and replacement of the four stained glass medallions identified in the Arts Task Force recommendations.
  • Invite the congregation to contribute to these projects.
Click here to read Session's letter to the congregation, watch a video providing context for the Arts Task Force's recommendation, see the full report, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Church Committee members

Our variety of ministries can only be successful with leadership and assistance from across the congregation.

Our variety of ministries can only be successful with leadership and assistance from across the congregation.
Each year the Committee on Assignments works to help people find a place to serve that matches their gifts and interests.
Click here for a list of many of those serving in ministry areas this year.