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Our Team
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Lead Pastor

Vacation planner, loving father, aspiring golfer

John and his wife, Kathy have two adult daughters.  John loves to travel with all his girls. John and Kathy started Cove Church in 1996.  God has blessed this body in so many ways and he continues to count it a privilege to lead this church, as God leads him.

  • Favorite book: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  • Best show to binge-watch: Blacklist
  • Most desired superpower: Time travel

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Chase Campus Pastor

health nut wannabe, overcomer, hot-sauce lover

One of Ryan's favorite parts of the day is when his kids, Eli and Natalee, knock him down at the door when he gets home and the love of his life, Brittany, gives him a big embrace. At Cove, you'll find Ryan leading our Chase Campus as the "face with the place" as he serves that community. This beach enthusiast loves to help people from all walks of life discover, develop, & demonstrate an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Favorite book: The Insanity of God
  • Best show to binge-watch: Survival Shows...I'll be on Survivor one day!
  • Most desired superpower: Super Strength

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Family Ministries Pastor

nerd, movie fanatic, frustrated musician

Darin and Leah have three boys, a rescue dog and a 1978 CJ5 Jeep that live in their house. Darin is the Family Ministries and Children’s Ministry Pastor and loves helping families work at developing the faith of their children.

  • Favorite book: Called
  • Best show to binge-watch: SKing of Queens
  • Most desired superpower: healing

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Director of Ministry Operations

lake lover, party planner

Kathy and her husband, John, have two daughters that are grown and flown. At Kathy’s second home, Cove Church, she is responsible for facilities and finances, weddings and funerals, as they are NOT the same thing! The generic line in her job description, “other duties as assigned”, affects Kathy more than anyone else at Cove Church as she can often be found doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

  • Favorite book: The Help
  • Best show to binge-watch: Looking for a new one right now!
  • Most desired superpower: Ability to clean my house by twitching my nose

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Director of Student Ministries

beach bum, wannabe iron chef, family man

Summer and I love going on dates and one of our favorite things to do as a family is cooking/grilling. My goal in our student ministry is to disciple students in the ways of knowing God, and then showing them how to live that out.

  • Favorite book: Pursuit of God
  • Best show to binge-watch: Last Man Standing
  • Most desired superpower: Flying

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Director of Connections

redeemed, redirected, restored

Sharon is married to a tractor salesman from Snead, AL. They co-parent a blended family that includes two girls, ages two and six. Sharon coordinates an amazing group of servant leaders who develop teams, systems, and environments through which people can take next steps in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Cove Church family.

  • Favorite book: Unbroken
  • Best show to binge-watch: Chopped is my favorite show to binge watch.
  • Most desired superpower: Invisibility

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Director of Worship Arts

drinker of tea, podcast addict, wannabe nerd

Heather and her husband, Robert, are simultaneously loving the teenage years with Ian and Ansley and trying desperately to get them out of the house. At Cove, Heather is a cheerleader for everyone who serves in Worship Ministry and Communications. She has the most fun job in the whole church – it isn’t fair, really.

  • Favorite book: The Power of Habit
  • Best show to binge-watch: Jane The Virgin
  • Most desired superpower: Super speed

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Pastor of Discipleship and Care

Disc golfer, Solitude seeker, Family lover

Stephen and his wife, Jane have three beautiful daughters, one who is out of college, one in college and one still at home. Somehow, they have almost made it through the teenage years, and amazingly, it has been mostly drama-free. At Cove, Stephen oversees Groups (Small Groups and Bands) and the Prayer CREW. Stephen also develops teams to help care for people no matter what they are walking through.
 
  • Favorite book: Waking the Dead by John Eldredge
  • Best show to binge-watch: NCIS or Longmire
  • Most desired superpower: Flying

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Receptionist

Nature lover, simplicity seeker, morning person

Amy and her husband, Alan, have one son, two daughters, one daughter in law and are recent empty nesters. They love God, Auburn, music, and the beach. Amy is one of our receptionists.

  • Favorite book: My Utmost for His Highest
  • Best Show to binge-watch: The Crown
  • Most desired superpower: Healing

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Worship Leader

AKA Skinny Jean Joe, Master Joda, Mr. Singer

Joe and his bae have been together for about a year now. She is a little on the older side and is slowly dying on him, but she gets him from A to B...his Buick Lesabre. Joe is in charge of leading and creating the worship environment, video/graphics, and social media for student ministry. But his favorite part of his job is just hanging out with students!
 
  • Favorite book: The Bible... Duh #jesusjuke
  • Best show to binge-watch: F•R•I•E•N•D•S
  • Most desired superpower: Time Travel

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Missions Coordinator

adventure seeker, extrovert, mom/wife

Shannon and her husband, Brent, have a daughter who is a freshman in college, and two sons in 6th and 8th grade.  They spend their time transporting the boys to and from sports activities and love a night in playing MarioKart as a family. Shannon is the Missions Coordinator at Cove. She schedules the monthly GO projects, multiple mission trip opportunities each year, and enjoys loving on our mission partners.

  • Favorite book: When Helping Hurts
  • Best show to binge-watch: Survivor
  • Most desired superpower: the ability to be in two places at one time

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Communications Director

God girl, food snob, aspiring optimist

Darcie and her husband, Jeff, have sacrificed several perfectly good nights of sleep in the raising of their three distinctively resolute daughters and one rough-and-tumble son. Here at Cove, Darcie takes care of our print media and social media channels.

  • Favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See
  • Best show to binge-watch: Friday Night Lights
  • Most desired superpower: Mental manipulation

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Worship Arts Coordinator

Jesus lover, sunset observer, back porch dweller

Angi and husband, Eric, hail from the great state of Michigan, land of the Harbaugh nation, the Big House and Big Ten football. They have two fun-loving daughters who love all things Auburn. At Cove, Angi is the administrative coordinator for the worship arts team and participant on the communications team

  • Favorite book: East of Eden
  • Best show to binge-watch: The Voice
  • Most desired superpower: The ability to talk to animals

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Connections Assistant / First Impressions Coordinator

overthinker, good listener, I can’t decide on a 3rd thing. Maybe I’m overthinking it!

Ronda and her husband, Scott, grew up (high school and college) in Arkansas and go back to hang out on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, AR as often as possible. They have two grown girls they are very proud of, and they love long walks and road trips. At Cove, Ronda coordinates the First Impressions CREW each week and assists Sharon Criswell/ Connections with events and admin.

  • Favorite book: The Week  (Ok, technically not a book)
  • Best show to binge-watch: Downton Abbey
  • Most desired superpower: Time manipulation to speed up chores and slow down fun

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Receptionist

wife/mom/mimi, ice cream connoisseur, pug mom

Huntsville native and Rick are blessed to be living the life...the kids are grown with families of their own and they savor sharing life lessons with the grands. Their home is the animal house filled with 3 beloved pugs and Miss Kitty, the Hurricane Harvey rescue. Karen serves as the office receptionist.

  • Favorite book: The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Best show to binge-watch: Greys Anatomy
  • Most desired superpower: pet mindreading


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Technical Director

Gadget nerd, grill master, photographer


David comes from a large, close knit family of Huntsville natives and Auburn graduates, War Eagle! He and his wife Holly have been blessed with two smart and strong willed little girls who think they own the church building. David works full time as a project manager for the Army, and spends his spare time at Cove managing all things technical (lights, sound, video, cameras) for the worship services.

  • Favorite book: Ready Player One
  • Best show to binge-watch: Last Man Standing
  • Most desired superpower: Flying like Superman

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Facilities Manager

Salad Consumer, Competitive Corn holer, Great personality

Rodger and his wife, Deborah, enjoy traveling whenever possible, and they ensure it is possible frequently! Rodger takes care of the facilities at Cove on both campuses. His skillset allows him to build, install, and repair almost anything, except TV’s.

  • Favorite book: Misery
  • Best show to binge-watch: The Good Wife
  • Most desired superpower: Mind Reading

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Kids Cove Small Group Coordinator

Loves God, devoted mother/wife, animal lover

Brooke and her husband, Nathan have lived in Huntsville for 13 years and have three girls. At Cove, Brooke helps coordinate volunteers working in Kids Cove as small group leaders leading preschoolers through 5th grade.

  • Favorite book: Bible (currently the book of John)
  • Best show to binge-watch: Designated Survivor
  • Most desired superpower: Reading minds

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Facilities Tech

Busy father, avid hunter, food coinsurer

Kevin and his wife, Gina, have two children, Keira and Connor.  The family spends most of their time poolside, as both children are working toward Olympic gold! Here at Cove Church, Kevin works side by side with our facilities team taking care of all things facilities related.  Whether it is electrical, plumbing, repairing, woodworking or his all-time favorite--climbing up as high as possible on a ladder--he is your guy.

  • Favorite book: Hunger Games
  • Best show to binge-watch: Arrow
  • Most desired superpower: Telepathy

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Student Ministry Coordinator

Hopeful Believer, Voracious reader, Filled with Young Life DNA

Stacy and her husband, Richard, are two Oregon Ducks that flew south to Alabama with their son; their daughter lives in the Pacific NW with her husband. Here at Cove, Stacy uses her organizational & snack making skills to coordinate events, camps, and whatnot (food & fun) for the middle & high school ministries.

Favorite book: That's like saying pick a favorite child
Best show to binge-watch: Downton Abbey
Most desired superpower: Healing

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Director of Student Ministries | Chase Campus

Tennessee native, traveler, loves the ocean

Stephen was married July, 2015 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He and his wife are expecting their first child in November 2017. He is a friend to Cove’s students and a catalyst for their spiritual development.

  • Favorite book: The Importance of Being Foolish
  • Best show to binge-watch: Bones
  • Most desired superpower: The Force

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Accountant

joyful worshipper, kitchen dancer, dog spoiler

Cynthia and her husband, David, will be celebrating 30 years of marriage in June 2017. They are thrilled that their oldest son Jacob recently expanded the family by marrying Lindsey. Cynthia is currently savoring every moment spent with family before her daughter Elise returns to college and son Dylan heads off for his freshman year at Auburn. At Cove, Cynthia is responsible for the accounting and payroll.

  • Favorite book: Bible
  • Best show to binge-watch: Sherlock
  • Most desired superpower: Time Travel

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Connections Assistant / Accounts Receiveable

A fearfully and wonderfully made child of God, family girl, outdoors fan

Joanne, her husband, Steve, their five kids, and various pets have lived in Hampton Cove for the past eight years with much laughter, love, and adventure. Joanne assists the Connections Team in helping first time visitors, long-time partners, and everyone in between develop Christ-centered relationships inside and outside the walls of the church.

  • Favorite book: Too many to name! Love to read, especially with a child curled up next to me.
  • Best show to binge-watch: Random picks
  • Most desired superpower: Invisibility

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