- Phone: (610)648-0707
- Mailing Address: 400 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355
Covenant Youth Leadership Team
Phillip Nolan (Youth Director)
Program: Youth Group, Sunday School, Staff Member, Youth Steering Committee
Why do you enjoy working with Youth?: I find that God has called me to mentor relationships with teens and to help guide them on their journey in faith. I love all the crazy silly and awesome things that they do and how much you see the spirit shine through them. Also theres a ton of pizza, soda, and wild and crazy games!
School: Eastern Nazarene College (B.A.) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.)
Career: Youth Director
Favorite Treat: Coffee Milk! (It's Rhode Island thing!)
Favorite Book: At the moment? The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Hobbies: Science fiction, comic books, all things nerdy really, video games, board games
Program: MS Sunday School Teacher, details on the way….
Program: Youth Group, the occasional retreat or mission trip
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: For all of my adult life it has been my blessing to be involved with young folks. I enjoy people...the younger version fills that need, keeping me young in the process. I’ve coached one youth sport or another (basketball, rugby, springboard diving) for longer than I can remember, and I am involved with candidate liaison work for the US Naval Academy; it all plays together quite well.
School: US Naval Academy, BS Mech Engineering, 1975
Career: Retired from AT&T in 1997, currently a full-time “housewife”
Favorite Treat: Serve me up some buffalo wings. The hotter the better!
Favorite Book: I read a lot, almost exclusively non-fiction. This is my penance for sleeping through history classes in high school and college. My books are chosen carefully, so most of the time my favorite is the one that I am reading...usually related to a military or political topic...but not always.
Hobbies: Wow, where do I start? Making sawdust, country music, dogs, fitness, supporting the military, traveling, sports...life just isn’t long enough!
Larry Edgar-Smith (“Mr. Larry”)
Program: Youth Group, Sunday School, the occasional retreat or mission trip & Youth Steering Committee Member
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: I am blessed to be around the kids and be a small part of their lives. The world around them is so complex and so challenging (and getting more so) that I believe that they need to know that there are adults (other than mom and dad) who care about them and want to see them grow personally and spiritually. As others have, and continue to, help me, I feel called to help the kids. Matthew 25:45
School: Widener University, University of Pennsylvania
Career: Technology Product Manager, Project Manager
Favorite Treat: Sue wants me to say ”raisins”; I want to say “doritos.” You decide.
Favorite Book: The Deus Machine by Pierre Ouellette
Hobbies: technology stuff, selfies at the Gym
Program: Youth Group
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: They are fun, creative and energetic age group
School: Connecticut College; Bryn Mawr College
Career: Professor; Psychologist
Favorite Treat: Twizzlers
Favorite Book: The Shipping News
Hobbies: hiking, skiing, traveling
Program: Youth Group & Youth Steering Committee Member
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: I chose youth because they are a lot of fun and I can act silly without being questioned.
School: Associates in Business Management, Delaware County Community College
Career: Account Manager, Mopar Tire Works
Favorite Treat: Strawberry shortcake
Favorite Book: For entertainment – The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson; for inspiration – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Hobbies: baking and working out
Program: Session Elder and Youth Liaison
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: Because they can feed and clean themselves and they are smarter than me.
School: Gettysburg and Virginia Tech
Career: varied – professional athlete, sales, marketing, business development, market research and intelligence exec
Favorite Treat: Chicken wings and crab-laden cheese fries
Favorite Book: Freakonomics
Hobbies: kicking, throwing, smoking, wealth building and showing others how to do it
Program: MS Sunday School Teacher
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: I enjoy working with youth because they make me laugh. They have such a fresh, energetic out-look on everything – it breathes life into my crazy, duty-filled adult world. They remind me that we all have to grow old, but we don’t have to grow up!
School: BS in Elementary Education from West Chester University, MA in Elem Education from Widener University
Career: 27 years as a 4th grader! (teacher )
Favorite treat: Guacamole!
Favorite book: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Hobbies: photographing the beautiful places and people God put on the earth, gardening, sailing, hiking, and skiing.
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: I have 2 teenagers and I like the energy of the youth group and the kids. Also, I love to see them developing a deeper walk with Christ.
School: Messiah College
Career: High school english teacher, but currently working as a substitute teacher
Favorite Treat: dark chocolate-covered almonds and Fro-Yo
Favorite Book: The Glass Castle and The Hiding Place
Hobbies: running, reading, baking, spending time with my family
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: I believe that the young people in our lives and in our church family need positive role models. I also love the enthusiasm and energy of the youth.
School: Great Valley High School, Johnson and Wales University
Favorite Treat: Reese’s peanut butter cups
Favorite Book: French Laundry
Hobbies: boating, fishing, gardening
Program: Youth Mission Fundraising
Why Youth?: They are worth every ounce of energy we pour into them and more!
School: University of South Carolina
Favorite Treat: Red hots
Favorite Book: Oh so many. Les Miserables and yes I have read the whole book.
Hobbies: reading, sudoku, flowers, helping people, movies
Program: Youth Leader & Youth Steering Committee Member
Why do you enjoy working with youth?: I have found that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ has made all the difference in my life and I would like to share that with the youth at Covenant. Besides… hanging out with middle school kids makes me feel young!
School: BS in Electrical Engineering, Union College Schenectady, NY
Career: 26 years at PECO Energy. Manager of Protection & Control group in the Transmission & Substations Department
Favorite Treat: Starbucks coffee
Favorite Book: Don’t Stop the Carnival
Hobbies: sailing, home projects, traveling, coaching wrestling
Details coming soon!
Details coming soon!
Details coming soon!
We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers to help with our awesome summer events! Geared toward children of all ages (0-300), we encourage participation in any form! Register for the events or come volunteer to read to children, pass out materials at art camp, organize fabric for Summer Sewing, put your time and talents into Covenant for the rewards are great!