Staff

Ryan Laughlin

 

Senior Pastor

Ryan was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C., the same city in which, many years later, he would meet his wife, Heather. In 1995, Ryan graduated from West Point (June), was married to Heather (July), and headed to Fort Lewis, WA (August) to commence six years of service as an officer in the Army. In June 2001, they moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. After graduation in 2004, Ryan served as Assistant Pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia. In January 2007, Ryan accepted the call as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Ryan and Heather have three boys, Nathan, Luke, and Zachary.

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Chris Smith

 

Assistant Pastor of Discipleship & Outreach

Chris was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in central Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University in 1991 with a degree in Public Relations, he did youth ministry for a Presbyterian church in the Pittsburgh area. After Sonja finished at Purdue a year later, they married, and she joined Chris for another 4 years of ministry in Pittsburgh. In 1996, the Smiths moved to St. Louis for seminary. Chris graduated in 2000 with an M.Div and has had a broad range of ministry experience over the last 15 years, serving in both urban and suburban contexts, as an interim pastor and a church planter. In July 2016 Chris accepted a call as an Assistant Pastor at Covenant. Chris and Sonja have two girls, Abigail and Hannah Grace, two boys, Xander and Andrew, and one golden retriever, Baylee.

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Eric Whitley

 

Assistant Pastor of Worship &
 Community

Eric Whitley was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. As an avid Kentucky fan, he landed at cross-state rival Indiana University for college where he graduated with a BM in Cello Performance. Though Eric grew up in a Christian home, his years in college were significant in shaping his identity in Christ and eventual call to pastoral ministry. Before coming to Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis, he spent a year as a music intern in Lexington where he met his wife, Stephanie. The two married during his first semester of seminary. Eric started as the Assistant Pastor of Worship & Community in June 2011 doing a combination of what he loves. Eric and Stephanie live in Maryland Heights with their 3 kids, Anna Katherine, Callan, and Lawson.

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John Roberts

 

Assistant Pastor, Head of School

Rev. John Roberts holds a B.S. in sociology and M.A. in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa. In 1999 he received his M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary and in 2013 John received his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Maryville University. John has been on staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church since 2001 and has worked primarily with the children of the church. In 2003 John led the effort to begin Covenant Christian School and has been Head of School since 2007. He and his wife Julie have four children, Johanna, Sam, Marta and Noah.

Greg Meyer

 

Director of Student Ministry

Though an Air Force brat, Greg grew up primarily in Kennesaw, Georgia. During the end of high school, he came to faith in Jesus through the influence of his Christian school and his mom. After high school, he attended and graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, with a degree in Industrial Engineering. While at Mercer, Greg was involved with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and became connected with the PCA. After college, Greg worked as an engineer for the Air Force for two years. Greg is married to Mary Jane, a Mississippi native and former RUF staff member, and they have two sons, Grey and Davis. Greg is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and has served in youth ministry in both Georgia and Mississippi before coming to St. Louis.  Greg loves most sports (basketball especially), playing guitar, listening to music, cooking, reading, watching movies, technology, and wrestling with his sons.

Kelly Robinson

 

Director of Children's Ministries

Kelly was born and raised in St. Louis.  She grew up in a loving Christian home, watching (and helping) her mother with the children’s program at church.  Kelly attended Truman State University and went to work at Washington University in St. Louis, upon graduation.  It was through a work conference that she met her husband, Kent.  Kent and Kelly are the parents to three precious girls: Casey, Lauren, and Mia.  Kelly has been actively involved with Covenant’s Children’s Ministry and Women’s Ministry since the family joined in February 2011.  In her spare time, Kelly loves to read, travel, and play card and board games.

Mary Beth McGreevy

 

Interim Director of Women's Ministry

As a long-time member of CPC, along with her husband Bill, Mary Beth is well-known in our church community. During her time at CPC, Mary Beth has served our church in a variety of ways, including teaching women's Bible studies from 2001-2006. Currently, in addition to teaching piano, she is a frequent speaker for women's retreats and conferences and is an Adjunct Professor at Covenant Seminary, from where she received her M.Div. in 2005. As our interim Director of Women's Ministry, Mary Beth will lead a dynamic team of women who long to see the women of CPC grow deep roots in the Gospel and extend a wide reach to the St. Louis Community.

Sharon Canavan

 

Administrative Assistant

Sharon was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She grew up in a Pastor’s family attending New Life churches in her early childhood and teen years. In her twenties she began attending Liberti Fairmount in Philadelphia, where she enjoyed serving the Lord through singing on the Worship Team. She has a degree in Interior Design and worked in the commercial furniture industry while living in Philadelphia. Before getting her degree, she worked at Tenth Presbyterian Church as an administrative assistant where she met her husband, John. They were married in 2012. John and Sharon moved to St. Louis in 2014 for John to attend Covenant Seminary.

Brooke Avery

 

Administrative Assistant

Brooke was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She grew up in a loving Christian home and attended Bethel Reformed Presbyterian church in Sparta, IL. She moved to St. Louis in 2011 after graduating from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a BA in Political Science. Brooke has been a member of CPC since 2015. She met her husband, James, in 2015 and they married one year later. Brooke enjoys baking, reading, and learning new board and card games with her husband.

Ben Collison

 

Property Manager

Growing up in St. Louis, Ben started attending CPC as a church member when his family moved churches in 1992, although his first exposure to Covenant was attending Covenant Christian School in his elementary years. He went on to receive a BA in Natural Science from Covenant College and taught at Westminster Christian Academy for 7 years before starting his own construction business in 2007. In 2010, he started working at Covenant Church as the property manager. He and his wife, Shauna, have been married since 2002, and have four children, three boys, Tyler, Caden, Krew, and one little girl, Campbell.

Nancy Walker

 

Bookkeeper

Nancy grew up in Greenville, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Accountancy. She began her career in the St. Louis office of Price Waterhouse, practicing in the areas of public audit, due diligence, dispute analysis and corporate recovery. After four years with PW, during which she became a Certified Public Accountant, she went to work for a PW colleague as a senior financial analyst at Bridge Information Systems. After having children, Nancy stayed home with her three boys Nicholas, Gabriel and Jeremiah. She began working for Covenant Christian School several years ago as bookkeeper, and currently works for Covenant Church in a similar capacity.

Lois Miller

 

Bulletin Coordinator

Lois has been part of the Covenant Church staff since 1999. Originally from Ohio, Lois has lived in the Midwest, New England, and the South - her introduction to living cross-culturally! Living in metro St. Louis with its diversity of people has been a good reminder that God is bigger than her particular perspective. Lois and Jim are parents to two grown children -- Tasha and Lendal.