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Rev. Nate Williamson, Senior Pastor
Pastor Nathan Williamson was born and raised in Morgantown, WV. He received his Bachelor Degree from Asbury University in Media Communications. He also holds a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the EMC. Pastor Nate was a youth pastor for seven years at the EMC church in Elizabeth City, NC before returning to West Virginia as the associate pastor at Kingdom EMC from 2009 to 2012. He became senior pastor at Covenant EMC in December 2012. He is the son of Dr. Edward Williamson and Loretta Williamson who founded Covenant EMC and Covenant Christian School. He is married to Leah Williamson and is the father of 5 children: Emma, Samantha, Ava, Hannah and Judah. He has a passion for the study of Scripture, the reality of the new life through Christ, and getting people to see things from an eternal perspective.

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Rev. Sean Wightman, Associate Pastor

Pastor Sean Wightman has been ministering in Morgantown, WV since 1995. He received his Bachelor Degree from WV Wesleyan College in Finance and Christian Education. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary and is ordained in the EMC. Sean was a campus pastor through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at WVU and WVWC for 13 years. He has been Associate Pastor of Care at Covenant EMC since 2008. Amy, his wife, has been a teacher at Covenant Christian School since 1995. Sean and Amy have two daughters, Brianna and Bethany. He has a passion for evangelism, pastoral care and desires to see people grow and flourish spiritually in Christ especially through Small Groups (Care Circles).



Rev. David Friend, School Administrator
Pastor David Friend graduated from West Virginia University in 1983 with a BS degree in Business Management. He then attended Asbury College and received a BS degree in Christian Ministries in 1986.  That same year, he married his wife, Rachel. They have four children, Brian, Joshua, Nathaniel and Hannah.  They moved back to West Virginia in 1987 and have been involved here at Covenant EMC in one way or another since that time. David is currently the Headmaster of Covenant Christian School, a job that he loves and intends to stay in as long as God allows.
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Aaron DePue, Director of Development
I am originally from Athens, WV and graduated from Pikeview High School.   I attended WVU and earned a BA of History with a minor in Political Science in May 2000.   I was saved at the age of 7 but did not fully dedicate my life to Christ until after graduating from College in 2000.   I began my professional career in Raleigh, NC selling office equipment.  I married my wife Shannon in 2001.   Shannon and I moved back to West Virginia worked selling pharmaceutical and medical related products. Over the next couple of years our family grew spiritually and now  includes 3 children.  In 2006, after the birth of our third child, God revealed his plan for my family to open a Christian daycare in Morgantown, WV.  Place of Grace Early Learning Center opened its doors is January of 2007 and has the reputation of being the best program in the area and ministers to 90 children every day.  My family have been members of Covenant EMC for 8 years.  We are involved with multiple ministries of the church.  I have served on the church building committee, Board of Stewards, and my wife and I are the unofficial cooks for the church. After a Layoff from my medical device sales job in 2013, God has led me in a new direction for my life and career.  God showed me that my talents and experience could be used for his glory at Covenant Christian School.  In September of 2014, I became the Director of Development at Covenant and am working on marketing the school to the community, improving policies and procedures, and improving communication across the organization.   It is a true blessing that my personal testimony and full time ministry work have merged into one.  Since my family has entered into a new season of giving, it makes sense to use my summers off as an opportunity to serve Jesus in new and exciting way.
leah profile pictureLeah Williamson, Part Time Children’s Coordinator
Passionate about kids and kid’s ministry, Leah has been working with kids for as long as she can remember. Educationally, she holds her undergrad in early childhood development and has taught and directed a day school in Elizabeth City, NC. Being a mother of three herself and a foster parent, she understands the difficult balance between training your kids in the Word of God, and trying to find the balance yourself. Having started a Wednesday night kid’s ministry, at Kingdom EMC in Westover in 2011, she was appointed as the part time children’s coordinator at Covenant EMC in the winter of 2014. She believes kids can understand Biblical truth at an early age as well as make a difference in other people’s lives. She strives to make Covenant Kid’s Ministry a safe and fun environment while utilizing a dynamic team.
Pat and Kristen Strkristen and pateet, Part Time Youth Coordinators
Pat works at Mylan Pharmaceuticals while Kristen is a physical therapist and home school mom. Both Pat and Kristen have a love for Jesus and a passion for youth. Pat and Kristen were youth leaders at their former church in Parkersburg and have worked in children’s ministry at Covenant as well. They have a very balanced approach to
youth ministry where they provide a welcome atmosphere, a memorable experience, and
an in-depth teaching from God’s Word. They are the proud parents of three beautiful girls: Lanae, Aubrey, and Violet.