- Phone: (610)648-0707
- Mailing Address: 400 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355
Rev. Dr. James Moyer
Dr. Jim is passionate about serving the church of Jesus Christ, bringing almost 30 years of experience to this ministry. Currently, as the lead pastor for Covenant Presbyterian Church, Jim is the primary preacher on Sundays, and serves alongside a dedicated staff in providing worship leadership, celebrating baptisms and the Lord’s Supper, pastoral care, and officiating at funerals and weddings. Jim also serves as the moderator of the administrative board of the church, the session.
Jim’s service extends into the greater community as he currently serves on the board of the People’s Pantry at Church Road, and has served on the COAD board and Great Valley School strategic planning. Within the denomination of the PCUSA, Jim has served as moderator of Donegal Presbytery as well as different presbytery committees.
Jim’s educational background includes religious studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity), Palmer University (Doctor of Ministry). Prior to entering the gospel ministry full time, Jim worked in industrial and quality control engineering in the steel industry, and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and business administration.
Jim’s loving and devoted partner for this faith journey is Mary Gossard. Jim and Mary have been married over 42 years and rejoice with three grown children and one grandchild. When not serving at Covenant, Jim and Mary are known to frequent lower, slower Delaware, and can be found crabbing, swimming, and devouring Christian literature and the Washington Post.
Rev. Patricia Stoltzfus, Associate Pastor, Director of Music
Born in Lancaster County, Patty and her husband, Dave, have been residents of Chester County for 35 years. She has a degree in Sacred Music, Vocal Performance from Moody Bible Institute and Combs College of Music (1978). She studied Music Therapy at Immaculata University and became a Certified Music Therapist (1992). Patty received her Masters of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2003). Patty has served Covenant as Director of Music for 27 years, and as Associate Pastor for 10 years. Patty and Dave have two children, Jill (married to Jim Sbarbaro), and Jon, and one granddaughter, Samantha Joy.
Rev. Susan Carr, Visitation Pastor
Sue and her husband, Jim, are lifelong residents of the Malvern area. After graduating from Temple University with a B.A. in Speech Pathology and a Master’s in Audiology, Sue worked as an audiologist in the West Chester area until her younger son was born. After spending many years as an active parent, volunteering at school and at church, she felt the pull to go to seminary. Sue received a Master’s of Divinity in 2007 and a Master’s of Theological Studies in 2008, both from Palmer Theological Seminary. She was ordained as a Teaching Elder in 2012 and has served as Covenant’s Visitation Pastor since that time. Sue and Jim have two sons. Jamie is married to Sarah Yardley and they live in Chicago with their children, Nora and Morgan. Owen and his wife, Shana, live in Malvern with their daughter, Eleanor. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Sue enjoys reading, movies, swimming, spending time in nature, and bird watching.
Jennifer Langlois, Director of Children's Ministries
Jen and her husband, Noel, met at Bucknell University, were married, and settled first in Delaware County before moving to Malvern in 2000. A mathematics major, Jen taught both middle school and high school and was highly involved in clubs and activities with her students before the birth of her children. Parenting then became her passion, and Jen began volunteering in school, church, scout, and community projects with Matt, Jess, and their friends. Jen’s involvement at Covenant began with children’s mission outreach during Sunday School. Jen served as a deacon and is an active Stephen Minister. When the part time Director of Children’s Ministries position was defined in 2012, Jen felt a strong call to apply. She feels blessed to have found a place to focus her strong interest in children and families, outreach, teaching, and God here in this caring community alongside gifted staff and congregational partners. An added blessing is her family’s church involvement and the opportunity to work with Covenant Youth. Outside of church, Jen loves spending time with her family, traveling, and watching superhero movies and television shows (especially Marvel).
Phillip Nolan, Youth Director
Phil grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island. Phil and his wife, Sarah, are moving from Bel Air, MD and have lived in many states across the U.S. He has a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College. Phil has worked in Youth Ministry for over 10 years as director of youth ministries for different churches. They have 2 cats, Oreo and Chloe, and are huge nerdy people who love science fiction and Fantasy books and movies especially Doctor Who!
Karen Karcher, Preschool Director
Karen received a degree in elementary education from West Chester University. She began her career as a classroom teacher in first grade and then kindergarten. Wanting to pursue her love of early childhood development and education, Karen then became a director of a child care facility for children six weeks through kindergarten. Her tenure as director lasted until the birth of her first child at which time Karen became a stay-at-home mom. When her youngest child entered first grade in 2004, she became the director of Covenant Preschool. Karen and her husband live in West Chester with their three children. In her free time she loves spending time with her family at the beach, reading and attending her children's activities.
Bobbi Smith, Preschool Teacher
Bobbi has been teaching young minds for the past 16 years at Covenant Preschool. She and her husband live in West Chester, where they raised 3 amazing sons. Bobbi enjoys spending summers on the Chesapeake and is very involved with David's Drive 831, a charitable organization raising money for homeless and hospitalized veterans.
Penny Brown Hidell, Office Manager
Penny started working two mornings a week at Covenant in March of 1982. She loved the church and the people and joined Covenant in May of 1983. As her two daughters got older and Covenant’s membership grew, her hours increased until she eventually found herself as the full-time Office Manager. She is blessed to be part of this caring, grace-filled congregation and the Covenant community is equally blessed to have her. Penny recently married John Hidell and is excited for their new life together. Together they have three daughters, one son and seven grandchildren (six boys and one girl). Penny enjoys walking, hiking, bicycling and playing bridge. Now in the office on a part-time basis, Penny looks forward to traveling and enjoying married life with John.
Dallas Shumaker Genter, Church Administrator
Dallas is the Church Administrator at Covenant. Her jobs include bookkeeping, website manipulating, bulletin creating and valiantly attempting to learn 30+ years of institutional knowledge from Penny. A Great Valley graduate, Dallas went to Eastern University as a Political Science major. She found Covenant through her dad, Larry, the fearless sexton, and loves the community of inclusion and love that Covenant promotes. Dallas married her husband, John, at Covenant, and their children, Jack and Everly, are treasured members of the Covenant community. Dallas, John, Jack, and Everly spend a LOT of time outside gardening, eating, jumping in puddles, hiking and playing superheroes.
Larry Shumaker, Sexton
Lutheran Larry is a lifelong Chester County resident. After growing up in Berwyn, Larry now lives in Malvern and has been the Sexton/Jack-of-All-Trades at Covenant since 2003. A man of many talents, Larry is called upon to build, clean, fix, create, and generally handle anything and everything. Larry came to Covenant after a long, successful career in the well-drilling industry and also has work experience in cabinet making, environmental service, and in the military. He says that it is both challenging and rewarding to work with the dedicated and faith filled staff at Covenant. Larry and his wife, Patt, have five children and fourteen grandchildren.