Pastoral Team

Rev. Trent Casto D.Min.

Senior Pastor
B.S., Finance, West Virginia University
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Rev. Brent Whitefield Ph.D.

Mobilization Pastor
B.A. History, Amherst College
M.A. Christian Studies, Regent College
Ph.D. Church History, Cambridge University

 
 Originally from West Virginia, Trent and his wife Emily served as missionaries in the Czech Republic and in pastoral ministry in St. Louis, Missouri and Dallas,Texas. He joined the Covenant staff in 2010 and served as an Associate Pastor until becoming Senior Pastor in January 2017. He enjoys playing tennis, running, and going on adventures with his wife and three children.

Trent is passionate about preaching the gospel, building up the body of Christ, and promoting discipleship in the family, community and world. His vision is a church fully devoted to Jesus Christ and living out the Rhythm of Discipleship: Worship-Grow-Serve-Go. He writes an occasional blog at www.trentcasto.com.
Prior to joining Covenant in 2018, Brent served in pastoral ministry at Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana and Northpoint Evangelical Free Church in Corona, California in missions, outreach  and discipleship roles. Brent is a native of North Carolina, is married to Eirini, a native of Greece and they have two children, Aliki and Theodore. Before being called to ministry, he taught East Asian history at Valparaiso University for nine years. Brent enjoys a number of sports (some more proficiently than others but will try any) and international travel. (he hopes to reach 100 countries visited in the next few years).

Brent is called to challenge, strengthen and encourage disciples for the work of outreach and missions. He helps give direction to our outreach and GO missions commitments through teaching and through seeking out and maintaining healthy kingdom partnerships. "It is my prayer and goal that our church will draw people to the Gospel by exemplifying Christ’s love for the lost, by being a visible blessing to our community, and by reaching the unreached with the Good News in obedience to the Great Commission."

Rev. Chris Voorhees

Congregational Life Pastor
B.A. Political Science, Wheaton College
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary

 

Rev. Paul May 

Discipleship Pastor 
B.A., Psychology, University of Kansas
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary
M.A., Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary
Prior to joining Covenant, Chris served as Chaplain at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ and as assistant pastor for New Providence Presbyterian Church. Chris came to Naples to join the Covenant staff from New Jersey with his wife Sarah in 2019 and have since welcomed their first child. Chris enjoys all things Southwest Florida: pickle ball, tennis, golf and the beaches.

Chris provides a ministry of care and visitation to the congregation which includes a comprehensive contact and visitation plan to effectively minister to the sick, the hospitalized, the shut-in, the bereaved, and those in long-term care facilities using combinations of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and laity which includes our Stephen Ministry and GriefShare programs. He also has a passion for seeing all members fully assimilated into Covenant Church and responding to the grace God has extended to them by serving the congregation with their time, talent and treasure, as a loving Christian family.
Growing up in Lawrence, Kansas, Paul was catechized into two religions: the one he heard about at church, and Jayhawk Basketball. Then at the age of 17, school friends led him to a relationship with Jesus, and he has had a heart to see others come to faith in Christ ever since. His early walk with Jesus was positively impacted by the Navigators in college, by his pastors as he interned in youth ministry, and by his interactions with staff and campers while working summers at a camp for children and adults with special needs (which happens to be where he and his wife Meaghan first met).

Paul and Meaghan attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and served churches in South Florida before church planting in South Dakota and in the DC suburbs. They have five very energetic and sweet children, and they love exploring the outdoors together. Paul has a heart to see God’s people experience redemption in their lives and the lives of those around them as He makes all things new. He is thrilled to help catalyze discipleship at Covenant Church of Naples.

Rev. Aaron Dean

Assimilation & Lay Ministry Pastor
B.A. Behavioral Psychology, California State University, Chico
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary

Rev. Greg Blosser

Pastor of Church Planting
B.F.A. Miami University
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary

Originally from Northern California Aaron has a wide range of business and professional experience ranging from banking, aerospace manufacturing, law enforcement and owning his own insurance brokerage.  He is married to his high school sweetheart Angie and have the joy of raising four children. Aaron joined the Covenant staff in 2015 and is currently the Pastor of Assimilation and Lay Ministry.  Prior to this he served in various ministry capacities within different churches.  He enjoys his family, fishing, diving, travel, and tennis when his achilles doesn’t act up.  
 
Aaron helps new visitors transition into members at Covenant Church through an assimilation process.  He oversees several Welcome Ministry Teams and resources to both serve the members of Covenant Church, and integrate them into the life of community and discipleship.  He is passionate about the work of Pastoral ministry and regularly engages in teaching, shepherding, discipling, prayer and ministry of the word.
After graduating from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2001, Greg and his wife Charity moved to Columbus, Ohio to plant a PCA church where they remained until 2022.  They have five children and a very large dog.  The kids are smart.  The dog, not so much.  
 
Greg’s ministry passion is church planting, as well as evangelism, preaching and helping Christians to understand their role in a changing world.  In his free time he enjoys music, art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and watching college wrestling.  Currently he is working to plant a new church in the east Collier county area.

Staff

John Hunter

Executive Director
John serves the ministry and pastoral staff so as to take as much administrative and operational burden off of them as possible in order to maximize the pursuit of their respective ministerial duties and pastoral call.

David LaChance, Jr.

Worship Director
David directs the worship services, musicians, and vocalists with an intent "to worship Him in Spirit and in truth by the power of His Spirit and by magnifying the beauty of Christ through a union of biblical truth and excellence". 

Sherry Kendrick

Family Ministries Director
Sherry leads our family ministries in guiding our children from birth to high school graduation. She directs the staff of our children and student ministries such that the gospel is taught to all age groups through passionate, trained teachers and partners with parents to assist them in the discipling of their children at home as well as at the church.   

Meaghan May

Women’s Ministry Director
Meaghan is thankful to serve the women of Covenant Naples that they may be equipped and encouraged to proclaim Christ. Her prayer is that the women will grow in their love for God, His word, and one another, that together they will magnify the Lord and exalt His Name (Psalm 34:4).

Lee Bunn

Men's Ministry
Lee has a passion for serving the men of Covenant. By helping to facilitate men's groups and one-on-one relationships, his desire is to see men grow in their relationship with Jesus, and fulfill their God-given call in their homes, workplaces, and the church. 

Harriette Noller

Business & Facilities Director
Harriette stewards the business and facility resources and  works closely with ministries in the areas of finance and banking as well as office operations, personnel, and facility management.

Charlene Richardson

Covenant Counseling Director
Charlene provides pre-emptive Christian care and counseling for those in pain, crisis, or life adjustment, guiding and encouraging those seeking personal growth and spiritual health. She also leads the Covenant Counseling Center and manages its staff. 

Gary Bollinger

Technology Director
Gary equips the church with technology to support and enhance each ministry by identifying, implementing, and executing the right tools to accomplish goals.  

Mona Johns

Communications Director
Mona specializes in communicating to the masses. She provides graphic design and layout for all communications outlets including print and digital visual media for ministries, safeguarding style and branding compliance across all channels. 

Ryan Young

Production Director
Ryan recruits, trains, and encourages a large team of technically proficient volunteers, prepares content for worship services and special events in all areas of the campus, and procures and maintains audio and visual technology across the campus. 

Keith Manley

Facilities Manager
Keith manages our facilities by  ensuring the proper functioning of all building systems, preparing for all events and routine activity, overseeing campus maintenance and managing maintenance staff. 

Sara Herrera

Accounting Manager
Sara  joined Covenant in 2022 as our Accounting Manager.
In addition to paying bills, calculating payroll, monitoring our bank accounts, and creating financial reports, she assists in managing our staff employee benefits.

Elisa Hillberry

Student Discipleship Coordinator
Elisa models the love of Jesus to draw students to Him through planning activities, preparing lessons, leading worship, and building discipleship relationships in one-on-one time with our female students. 

Melisa Reyes

Social Media Specialist
Melisa creates digital content for our social media channels and helps equip the welcome center  and printing to get ready for  Sundays.

Tim Heard

Student Ministry Worship Coordinator
Tim provides oversight for our student ministry worship.  He plans the weekly worship experience for the students and makes sure the student worship team is learning and growing.  He also helps with small group and one on one discipleship for senior high boys.

James Drews

Broadcast Manager
James is a church production veteran with a like-minded heart for the ministry. He’s a jokester with a great work-ethic and we’re blessed to have him on the team.

Manuel Pereira

Audio Engineer
Manuel oversees several positions in our Live Booth and is our go to guy for all things audio. You can also see him on stage leading worship from time to time. 

Madison Lindsey

Database Manager
Madison  served in the Covenant nursery and kitchen while still in high school.  Upon graduation, she joined the staff as part-time assistant to the Director: Business & Facilities while a student at FGCU.  Her administrative duties are varied, and she recently added Data Base Manager to the list.  In this role, Madison is responsible for the accuracy of information in our Covenant member database.

Sarah Schultz

Executive Assistant
Sarah provides administrative support to Pastor Trent by scheduling appointments, maintaining his calendar, executing travel arrangements, proofing and formatting sermons, communicating and coordinating support with church staff.

Peggy Carpenter

Mobilization Assistant
Peggy provides administrative assistance to the Mobilization Pastor in the activities of Serve and Go. She also serves as the Covenant librarian.

Pam Sanborn

Congregational Care Assistant
Pam provides administrative support to Pastor Chris organizing schedules and calendars, arranging travel, fielding phone calls, arranging celebration of life services and Stephen Ministry support.

Jocelyn Landis

Executive Assistant
Jocelyn provides administrative assistance to both the Discipleship Pastor and the Women’s Ministry Director

Bethel Nagy

Administration
Bethel, provides general administrative support, including reception work, general communications,  print development and production and supplementing  as needed in assisting a broad range of ministries, staff, and lay-lead ministry leaders.

 Judy Caldwell

Congregational Care Assistant
Judy coordinates Covenant prayer email, hospital visitation, rehab, and long-term care visitation.

Charity Blosser

Chuch Plant Assistant 
Charity provides administrative assistance to her husband Pastor Greg with the new church plant. You can also see her singing with the Worship team many Sundays. 

Kelly Eastman

Children's Ministry Assistant
Kelly directs and oversees our Mom's Morning Out Program. In addition, she is responsible for our nursery and nursery staff for all of our childcare needs, shares administrative tasks with the Children's Ministry Team and helps with the elementary age Wednesday evening program. 

Susan Sawyer

Children's Ministry Assistant
Susan directs and oversees preschool children's church and the Wednesday evening preschool program. In addition, she maintains the volunteer calendar for all Sunday morning teachers and helpers and shares administrative tasks with the Children's Ministry Team. 

Aimee Brown

Children's Ministry Assistant
Aimee  provides administrative support to both the children and student ministry teams.
She is the glue that holds us together for all the details of supplies, events, conferences and mission trips.

Elders

Basil Anderson
Mark Barineau
Richard Barone
Brad Bell
Dave Berg
Wilson Bradley
Lee Bunn
Brian Conway
Merlyn DeVries
Jamin Eastman
Robert Fowell
Craig Groendyck
Dan Herwig
Brian Hill
Tim Hoeksema
John Hunter
Ken Leahy
Carl Massa
Bill Mitchell
John Nahra
Jim Noboa
Mike Norman
James Orr
Marcilio Pereira
John Poole
Bill Ring
Jim Sanborn
Skip Schoenhals  
Tom Scott
Todd Traylor
Tom VerHage
Carl Wilbanks

Deacons

Jack Brunner
Stewart Casterline
Sidney Cruz
Don Dearie
Dan Grahl
Jonathan Granholm
Bill Hauser
John Humphreville
Wayne Kauffman
Joel King
George Lee
Steve Manley
Jerry Medema
Curt Moes
Duke Moyer

Mauricio Pereira
Michael Ryon
David Stauffer
Gene Steward
Ed Stranberg
Eric Vanessendelft
Dale Walters