Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

pastoral residency program

about our pastoral residency program


This two-year residency program welcomes seminary graduates who hold particular promise as pastors and wish to develop their ministerial skills in the context of a supportive multi-staff environment.
The three residencies are: Mission & Outreach, Congregational Care and Education.

The Residency program at Covenant is unique in design, allowing the Resident primary responsibility in their respective area while enjoying support and guidance from supervising staff. Our four weekly worship services of multiple styles grant a plethora of opportunities for worship leadership. In addition, the Residents’ bi-weekly meetings with the Senior Minister provide a safe environment in which to explore vocational issues and to clarify pastoral experience.

Covenant is a mission-minded congregation that embraces innovations as we live out our calling to love God and each other. We have been blessed with consistent growth in our worship attendance, membership and mission endeavors,
and are committed to responding to the Spirit’s call as we discern how best to serve in the future.

With our location in the thriving Dilworth neighborhood on the edge of uptown, Covenant responds to the spiritual needs of people from many walks of life. Our steeple graces the skyline of Charlotte, reminding us and our neighbors we are loved by God and called to share that love. Our main entrance, open to all, bears the words, "To the Greater Glory of God” reminding us why we are here.
Mission & Outreach
The resident will work collaboratively with the Director for Mission and Outreach to accomplish the ministry goals of the Mission and Outreach Committee, with a three-fold emphasis: missional, pastoral, and vocational work.

Congregational Care
The resident will work collaboratively with the Senior Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Pastoral Care to accomplish the ministry goals of the Congregational Life Committee, with a three-fold emphasis: programmatic, pastoral, and vocational work.

The resident will work collaboratively with the Associate Minister for Education to accomplish the ministry goals of the Education Committee,
with a three-fold emphasis: educational, pastoral, and vocational work.

meet our current residents

Julia Watkins

Mission and Outreach
Julia serves as Pastoral Resident in Mission and Outreach. She enjoys getting to know the congregation by serving alongside people through programs from Room in the Inn to Freedom School. Originally from Atlanta, she graduated from Davidson College and Princeton Theological Seminary. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and doing anything outdoors.

Ian Clark

Education/Young Adults
Ian leads Covenant's Young Adult Ministries and supports our wider adult education offerings, among other pastoral responsibilities. Ian is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the PCUSA in May 2018. An officer in the US Navy, he plans to serve as a naval chaplain upon completion of the residency program. 

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