Covenant names co-director of mission and outreach

Following an extensive search, Covenant lay leaders chose someone from the church family to help guide our work in creating a more whole and just world.

Lucy Crain believes God is using Covenant as an agent for change. As co-director of mission and outreach, she will bring us together to respond to God's reconciling vision. She begins the new role on Sunday, Aug. 27.

A search team interviewed seven finalists from a field of 30+ applicants that included ministers, corporate pros and outreach directors. Lucy stood out because of her insights on the biblical basis for service and her record of bringing new folks into a mission program that she knows well as a Covenant member.

"We loved her excitement when she spoke of matching church members to opportunities suited for their gifts," said Amy Capitano, chair of the search committee.

Lucy will work with Carla Leaf, our current mission director, during a transition leading up to Carla's retirement in June.

The role represents a natural next step for Lucy, in her fourth year as administrative assistant to Bob Henderson. Lucy has a Master's degree in counseling and is pursuing a divinity degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Prior to joining the Covenant staff, Lucy worked for 15 years in a management role at Chick-fil-a, where she handled customer service and trained a team of 25+ staff members, and also at Frontier Health, where she provided mental health services for children, youth and families in a high-poverty county in her home state of Tennessee.

"Joining the Covenant staff has been my greatest vocational joy," Lucy said. "I am excited about the future, particularly as we seek to serve the most vulnerable among us and shape the landscape of our community."