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Youth Leadership Team

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

 

Denise Bentley

Program:  MS Sunday School Teacher, details on the way….

 

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Steve Curlee

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!

 

 

Mike Dooner

Mike Dooner

Program: Confirmation Class Teacher

Why do you enjoy working with youth?: To share with students the Good News of Jesus Christ, which I found much later in life.

Career: Former Operations Manager, Present Hospital Employee

Favorite Treat: Hanging out with the grandkids

Favorite Book: Joshua by Joseph Girzone

Hobbies: running

 

 

Larry Edgar-Smith

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

 

 

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Sue Edgar-Smith

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

 

 

Michelle English

Michelle English

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

 

 

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Dick Eppleman

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 

 

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Dottie Graham

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.

 
 
 
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Rebekah Harris
 
Program: Youth Group & Youth Steering Committee Member

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

 

 

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Char Moyer

Program: Youth Group and Fundraising

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

Career: Chef

Favorite Treat: Reese’s peanut butter cups

Favorite Book: French Laundry

Hobbies: boating, fishing, gardening

 

 

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Mary Moyer

Program: Youth Mission Fundraising

Why Youth?: They are worth every ounce of energy we pour into them and more!

School: University of South Carolina

Career: Mother

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

 

 

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Roger Nutter

Program: Confirmation Class Teacher

Why do you enjoy working with youth?: It is a time when they are being influenced by so many things, some positive and some negative. This is the time to teach them that God wants only the best life possible for them, and that learning what the Bible teaches is a road map to this life.

School: Brown College (Electronics) & Metropolitan State University

Career: President and General Manager for several companies

Favorite Treat: Pineapple upside-down cake

Favorite Book for Fiction: Clive Cussler Adventure novels

Hobbies: experiencing life

 

 

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Amy Ostafy

Program: Youth Steering Committee Member and Youth Group

Why do you enjoy working with youth?: I have a teenage daughter and I’d like to instill within her and all of these young adults a sense of vibrancy to accept themselves rather than waiting for others to accept them, as well as a deeper understanding of Christ. I also like to use my abilities of organization and responsibility to anchor a well thought-out program developed by incredibly God-centered adults for the benefit of our young generation.

School: Moravian College

Career: 25 years of Management at Wells Fargo Lease and Equipment Finance Industry

Favorite Treat: Cookies, any kind!

Favorite Book: The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

Hobbies: anything with my family, tennis, knitting, reading

 

 

 

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Drew Reindel

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

 

 

Allison Long

Details coming soon!

 

George Pellegrino

Details coming soon!

 

Sean Zelig

Details coming soon!

 

 

Covenant Summer Activities!

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! 

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