Our Staff

HAL OAKLEY – SENIOR PASTOR

 

BIO:
Hal has served as Covenant’s pastor since 1986. His three grown children were touched by the children’s and youth ministries at Covenant. He considers their love of God and his Church to be a testament to Covenant’s love for God and them. Hal and his family are grateful to have lived and served among many faithful followers of Jesus.Hal and his wife, Jean, have always understood their calling as a team. They are passionate about God’s call to love God, love others, and use their gifts to serve. They are committed to worship, fellowship in small groups, and reaching out to a broken and hurting world. Moreover, they care deeply about marriage and family relationships. Their team ministry is focused on building strong marriages and families.Hal hopes you will join us at Covenant as we seek to be the presence of Jesus in our community and world.Check out Hal’s Blog.

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DAVID KLING – ASSOCIATE PASTOR

 

BIO:
David became Associate Pastor of Covenant in July 2016. Although he is the sixth generation in his family to become a pastor, his path to the ministry was not linear. Pursuing a career in the Financial Services Industry, David earned a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from New College of Florida and a M.S. in Finance from University of Florida. Following graduation in 2010, he worked as an investment banker on Wall Street for three years structuring corporate bonds. While working in in the bond market David also served as a consultant on young adult evangelism to the Unbinding the Gospel Project, one of the leading evangelism programs in America.

During this time in New York City he met his wife Alison. Together they discerned a call to the ministry and both enrolled in Princeton Theological Seminary’s M.Div. program. As full-time students they also served a number of ministries as a team, using their training to make the Bible come alive for a wide variety of ages and contexts. They both graduated in Spring 2016, welcoming their first child George during their final semester. David continues to use his business and theological training by serving on the advisory board of the Center for Church Planting and Revitalization at Princeton Theological Seminary.

David is passionate about teaching others how to share their faith with friends and co-workers through the help of the Holy Spirit. He believes that Jesus calls us not only into a relationship with the Living God but also into an exciting adventure in which we serve God’s world as a team.

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STEVEN HERRIOTT- DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND FAMILIES

 

BIO:
Steven began attending Covenant as a 3rd grader and was an active member or leader of the youth group from 6th grade into college. He taught elementary school in Hoover for 8 years and in Huntsville for 3 years. He has a passion for teaching and loves how this naturally spills into ministry. He is married and partnered in ministry with Victoria and they have 4 wonderful children. His desire is to see youth learn and grow in faith as faithful lifelong disciples of Christ. He knows that the whole family is a part of the process and seeks to involve them as we all journey together in walking towards a life focused on Jesus. He and Victoria seek to minister to and partner with entire families in the fellowship of the Lord.

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CYNDY SARKISIAN – DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

 

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Cyndy was born in Memphis, TN but has lived in Huntsville most of her life. She grew up attending church services at the Salvation Army and still continues to support its charitable efforts. She has served in music and children’s ministries as a volunteer at Weatherly Baptist Church. Before coming to Covenant, she served in the music ministry at Big Cove Presbyterian Church for 15 years. She was also previously employed by SAIC on various Department of Defense contracts. She works part time at the Von Braun Center in production.Cyndy’s favorite place on the entire planet is Walt Disney World. She visits whenever possible. She married her sweetie, Colt, at the Boardwalk Resort in the Epcot area of Walt Disney World in 2003. Her son, Sam, was born in 2005 and is the absolute love of her life. He is a precious gift from God and she hopes to teach him about all the joys of life and of being a Christian.Cyndy is passionate about strengthening the bond of the family of Christ. She love working with the children and believes they can learn at an early age to serve as disciples of Christ and share His love and grace. She thinks it is crucial to have the children interact with all the generations attending and served by our church and that building a strong relationship with Christ during childhood helps to secure a lifelong love of worship and gives children an excellent foundation to a fuller and happier life.

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MATTHEW CAREY -DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

 

BIO:
Matthew Carey is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition to regular season concerts, his choirs at UAH have collaborated with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and Huntsville Community Chorus Association. Mr. Carey spent the 2014-2015 academic year as Director of Vocal Studies at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. During the previous academic year, he served as conductor of the University of Oregon’s award-winning Chamber Choir, and prepared the group for their inaugural season as participants in the Oregon Bach Festival. Mr. Carey also taught studio voice and other music classes at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Matthew has served multiple congregations as a conductor, cantor, and professional chorister. His sacred music experience includes work with Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Christian Science, Presbyterian, and Lutheran traditions.

Originally from Washington State, Mr. Carey taught high school vocal music for 4 years after receiving his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University. He holds a Master of Music from University of Oregon, and is currently ABD at Texas Tech University. In 2015, Mr. Carey sang his 6th consecutive season as a professional chorister with the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival.

He resides in Madison, AL with his wife, Gina, and is a fan of sailing, cinema, and cats.

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BETTY AUGSBURGER – ORGANIST/PIANIST

 

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At age 7, Betty began accompanying her mom’s children’s choirs and never looked back! She loves playing organ, piano, and harp. She grew up in Kansas City until her senior year in high school, when her father moved the family to Huntsville to work in missile defense. Betty met husband Larry (a Wisconsin boy) when he took his first job on the Apollo program, and she was home on spring break from the University of Kentucky. With her husband and four (now grown) children, she has lived in several foreign countries (England, Holland, Bahrain) and found musical opportunities in each. Betty’s background includes lots of accompanying, pipe organ positions in Houston, New Orleans, The Hague (Holland), and most recently Trinity United Methodist (Huntsville), graduate school at Texas Christian University, and studio and college teaching. In a complete change of role, she helped a brother-in-law start a safety engineering company after moving back to Huntsville in 1987. Now she is “happy as a lark” to join Matt in the fine musical program at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

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RUSS IVEY – WORSHIP LEADER

 

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Russ grew up near Chattanooga, TN and attended Georgia Tech, where he met his wife Meredith. He has been involved with praise and worship teams since college and he immensely enjoys the fellowship and interaction with other worshipping musicians. Russ is an engineer by trade, working for a local engineering firm here in Huntsville. Russ and his wife have two children who are active in the youth ministry at Covenant.

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KATHERINE BENNETT – EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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SUSAN PENDERGRASS – FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR/OFFICE MANAGER

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PAM HOLMES –  PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

 

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Pam and all the teachers make sure that God’s love spills out into the whole week at Covenant Weekday Preschool.

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ALICE SEARCY – COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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EDDIE GLASSER – CUSTODIAN

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