The Pastor's Corner

Stephen Mirich, Jr.

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Pastor Stephen (goes by Steve) Mirich, Jr. is the husband to Cassandra (goes by Cassy), the father of 5 precious children (3 girls and twin boys), and is currently serving as the Pastor to Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Steve is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, where he met his wife Cassy at her church home.  Before they even dated, they knew they were meant to get married, but first the Lord took Cassy away on a very long 6 month mission trip to China. Within one week after her return, Steve proposed. They set their date for Feb. 2nd, 2002 because they just, by God’s providence, happen to share the same spiritual birthday (Feb. 2nd, 1998). From there the Lord blessed them with Faith (13), Maelee (12), Sami (10), Deacon (8), and Isaac (8).

Steve began studying Civil Engineering at Youngstown State University; however, the Lord had a different plan.  After a call from the Lord, Steve graduated from Geneva College with a Community Ministry Degree.   Steve received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and has served as a youth pastor and assistant pastor at Carolina PCA Church in Locust, NC, for the past seven years.

The Mirich Family loves doing ministry together; it has been their vision from the beginning.  Cassy home schools the kids and has her own photography business.  If Steve finds any spare time he enjoys any sport, drawing, reading, and is a big Steelers, Pirates, and Duke fan.

Overall, Steve is known for his down to Earth character, his love and passion for others, and most importantly, his love for the Lord. The Mirich family “tries” to walk by faith with a strong desire that their joy in serving Him would be contagious. At times they fail, but get back up, confess, and are so extremely grateful for His abundance of grace and unconditional love!

Youth Intern

Joey Skogen

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The Skogen family (Joey, Bethany, Georgia and Boaz) joined the Covenant family on July 1!

Joey is the son of a PCA minister in Southern Pines, North Carolina. He is the fourth son in a lineup of six children and has been in the denomination his entire life. He will be married to his beautiful wife Bethany for three years on July the 20th. Together they have two children; Georgia (2 yrs) and Boaz (7 mo). 


Joey was raised in North Georgia, although he was born in Tacoma, Washington, not far from where Bethany was raised -- just outside Seattle. Joey played football at Wheaton College for two years before transferring to Appalachian State University where he studied communications. Joey and Bethany met in January 2013 in Moscow, Idaho where Bethany attended New Saint Andrews College and Joey worked as an apprentice to a carpenter.  After dating for just three weeks, they were engaged in April, married in July, and became pregnant in September 2013. 


Joey has been involved in youth ministry for the past three years at his father's church where he led the music for youth group, taught Sunday school, and coached a homeschool football team for the previous two years. The Lord has given Joey and Bethany a heart for the young people of His kingdom. They are eager to disciple the youth; to walk with and encourage them in the ways of the Lord.  Joey is especially excited to build long lasting relationships with the young people of Covenant PCA for Christ and His Kingdom.


Joey and Bethany are kept busy by their two wonderful children, and when there is time, they enjoy fellowshipping with family and friends, playing games and watching sporting events. Joey is an avid sports fan, but he mostly enjoys Georgia football, the Seattle Seahawks, and his favorite athlete LeBron James.

Visitation Pastor

Pastor Don Taws

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Pastor Don has served as interim and assistant to the pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, collectively, for the past ten years. He has served as a missionary to Eritrea, East Africa, and had pastorates in Ft. Lauderdale and Harmony, New Jersey.  He is a graduate of Calvin College (BA), Florida Atlantic University (M.Ed.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.).  

Don and his wife Jeanette have five children; one has gone on before them to heaven; and the others living in Johnson City, Tennessee; Panama Beach, Florida; Hope Sound, Florida; and Santiago, Chile.  They have eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


Ruling Elder

Mike Baer

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Mike Baer helped establish a campus church at the University of Tennessee (1974-1975). Planted Grace Community Church in Hilton Head (1977-1984). Pastored Faith Church in Texas (1986-1989). Since 1989, involved in Business as Mission as founder of International Micro Enterprise Development and Third Path Initiative (1989-Present).

Office Administrator, Media Specialist

Billi Toner

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Originally from Southern Illinois, Billi worked for publishing businesses in both Omaha and Charlotte before moving to Hendersonville seventeen years ago. Billi has discovered her passion lies in photography, graphic design, web administration and fitness.  She takes an enthusiastic approach that every project is a new opportunity to learn and to serve others.  Her areas of expertise include graphic art, desktop publications, and video tutorial illustrations.

Billi has two grown sons; her oldest son, Brian, a US Marine stationed in Charlotte, and Brett, recently married and residing in Vincennes, IN with his bride, Hope.

When she's not busy managing the front office, she prefers spending her weekends shooting nature scenery and hiking mountain trails.


Dave Koehler

David Koehler, our new organist, comes to us from Smyrna Presbyterian Church, PCA in Smyrna, GA, where he was organist for fifteen years.  Prior to that position, he was organist at McGregor Baptist church in Ft. Myers, FL for twenty years.  David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Arts Degree from Ball State University.  David taught music in the public school in Kokomo, IN for 17 years and 20 years in Ft. Myers, FL.  He retired from teaching in 1999.    Dave, and his wife, Bonnie, have been married 54 years and have two children, Brad and Julie.  Brad, his wife Cyndi, and daughter, Ashley, live in Naples, Florida.  Julie and her husband, Greg Machak, live in Coal City, Illinois.
Bonnie and David have found Covenant to be a very friendly church from the first time they visited.  David trusts that his music will be a blessing to each of you and most of all that it will glorify the Almighty God.



Margaret Stuckey

Margaret has been playing piano for thirteen years. She has been involved in music at Covenant for seven years and is excited to have the opportunity to accompany the choir.
Margaret is currently pursuing a degree in Church Music with an emphasis in Praise and Worship at North Greenville University.
She feels blessed to be giving back to this congregation, which has given her such support and encouragement. All glory to God!

Choir Director

Dr. Lynn Moore

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Lynn Moore, born in Greenville, South Carolina, earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Furman University, graduate degrees in Counseling from Western Carolina University and a PhD in Leadership and School Administration from the University of South Carolina.

She directed school choirs at West Henderson High School, Rugby Middle School, and church choirs in Martinsville, Virginia and Hendersonville, North Carolina.   She performed with various choral groups in Virginia and North Carolina, with Robert Shaw, and is currently singing with the Carolina Concert Choir.

Lynn serves as a board member of the Historic Johnson Farm, the Carolina Concert Choir, and as Dean of the WNC School for Laity.  She delights in spending time with her husband, Mike, their children and granddaughters.

Officers - Session




           Joe Maxey       email:

Mike Baer      

          Tony Bloemsma       

Bill Cole        


Sam Riddle    


Jim Toms      


Barry Walker  


Jim Wert        


Officers - Diaconate



           Terry Buettner           email:

Ray Brown                email:

Jack Trantham           email:

Steve Laughter           email:

Bill Pernell, Treasurer  email:



  May 2017  
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