"The Kingdom of God is present on earth whenever life accurately reflects the will and sovereignty of God. It is the way life and society would be if a compassionate God were in charge."
The idea that shapes our identity is “what does it mean to live as citizens of God’s kingdom.” We often ask ourselves, “what would this situation look like in the kingdom of God?” And so with that in mind, we place a high value on being a place of welcome to all no matter where you are on the journey of faith. We strive to live compassionately in all we do, and the center of all we do is Jesus Christ. With Christ as our center, we are bound together as a community and empowered to represent God’s love and compassion in the world around us.
The idea for this church began in 1964 when the Presbytery of Denver purchased 10 acres of land in the Denver Tech Center area on South Yosemite Street. The first worship service was held at Cherry Creek High School in 1972, and Presbyterian Church of the Covenant officially became a church in the PC(USA) in 1973.
The name “Covenant” is a word from Scripture which refers to the committed relationship God offers to God’s people. God’s steadfast love for the people of God is demonstrated in story after story in Scripture. We at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant recognize God’s steadfast love as an amazing gift and as the main thing we base our self understanding on, so that we might love others as we first have been loved. The star of David is a symbol of this covenant relationship in the Old Testament, and because of that, we have incorporated it into our cross as a reminder to us of who we are. It is in our stainglass window in the sanctuary and is part of the church logo.
One of our highest values at Covenant is to be a good neighbor and a loving presence in our community. We host an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter morning, not just for our church, but for our neighborhood children. Every weekday a Narcotics Anonymous group meets here in what the lovingly call our "healing rooms." The Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, the largest in southern Denver, is hosted at Covenant every Friday. And we host the top-rated Whee Preschool. We are also expanding our vision for the Arts at Covenant. Our vision is to find partners in our community to join together to offer excellence in art and music, with the goal to support local causes in our community.
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Head of Staff – Rev. Barb LeFevre Lyons
What I love most about Covenant is the embracing warmth of the people here. But I also love the diversity, the intelligence and the open-mindedness I have found at this church. I grew up in Colorado Springs, but after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary with my M.Div., I spent 20 years serving churches in Southern California. I have been the lead pastor at Covenant since 2007. My vision for Covenant includes deepening our connections with each other and representing the Kingdom of God in how we love the community around us and the world. I am married to Pierre Lyons, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, and we have two boys, Payce and Jaxon.
Minister of Music & Worship - Eric Peters
New Music Director:
We are happy to welcome Eric Peters to our staff as our new Director of Music! Eric was raised in rural Colorado and proudly holds a music degree from Colorado State University. It was there that he met his wife, Jaime. In their 20 years of marriage, the have raised 2 sons, Liam and Jacob. Eric holds masters' degrees in music theory and choral conducting. He currently teaches elementary music in Jefferson County Public Schools.
Minister of Children & Youth –
What I love most about Covenant are the deep connections you are able to form with each member; it's like being part of a fun extended family! I grew up in Conklin, New York but have been a proud Coloradoan since 1993. I have a Master of Divinity from The Iliff School of Theology and I am an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Since 2007, I have served congregations in Evergreen and Greenwood Village. Currently, I am appointed as the Pastor of a new church start in Aurora, called The Land. With a passion for innovative ministry and creative partnerships, I truly appreciate the opportunity to work across denominational lines that my role at Covenant provides. Serving in two ministry settings, I find both offer equal blessings.
Accompanist – Linda Marshall
I enjoy being a part of the Church of the Covenant staff as I am surrounded by smart, thoughtful, and fun people who take the responsibility of leading worship seriously. I am able to share my gifts in a meaningful way with the trust and support of a fabulous group of colleagues. While originally from New York, I consider myself a Coloradoan as I have lived here for the past 33 years. I graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Communications and Music. I have been a church accompanist for the past 35 years as well as a private music instructor and music department head at a local private primary school. I have been privileged to serve Covenant for the past 10 years.