Transitional Lead Pastor
Craig first came to Bethany Covenant Church more than 40 years ago as a Youth Pastor. Following those early years at Bethany he served churches in Minnesota, California, and Connecticut until his retirement in 2012. Since retiring he has worked almost every day, returning to Bethany in the fall of 2018. Obviously, he does not know how to retire.
Craig grew up in Seattle where he attended Seattle Pacific University where in the first day of his freshman year he met his wife to be, Carolyn. They were married 10 days following graduation. Together they raised two sons who are each married and have blessed them 5 grandchildren and 3 grand-dogs. They are especially delighted that their sons and families have made New England their home.
Carolyn and Craig love to travel, garden, hike, fish, golf and enjoy the great outdoors. Craig was a downhill ski instructor for many years and led many backpack trips for High School and College students in Yosemite National Park while pastoring in California. Craig is a Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan so is not involved in the Patriots / Giants rivalry nor the Yankees / Red Sox rivalry. He believes that pizza is a food group and that coffee stunts his growth. He loves to read historical novels and has read nearly everything written by James Michener and Ken Follett.
Diane has been the Associate Pastor at Bethany since January 2000. Diane had the joy of seeing Bethany build Phase II, a new sanctuary, and much needed additional classrooms. She also helped to launch the Little Blessings Preschool and watched it grow from 5 to almost 100 in 3 years. Diane was raised in the Midwest and began her ministry at her home church in Moline, Illinois. She graduated from The Presbyterian School of Christian Education and North Park Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Bethany, Diane served churches in Illinois and New Hampshire.
Chris is a husband, ‘pretty ok’ father of four, worship curator, 5w6, INTJ, and pizza addict. When not creating worship environments, he can be found behind a caramel latte, behind a camera, or under a desk fixing someone’s computer. He’s a co-administrator of the ECC’s Worship Artist forum “Better Together,” and has led congregations in worship on four continents.
Chris arrived at Bethany in July of 2016, previously having served in three other churches as pastor of worship, and as a church planter in Melbourne Australia. He’s a graduate of Asbury Seminary with an MA in Intercultural Studies, focusing on the cross-cultural nature of music. For Chris, worship is about connecting head and heart, and creating an environment where we can all respond to God’s mercy together (Rom. 12:1), which ultimately expresses as the Church being sent on God’s mission.
Student Ministries Pastor
Alli’s passion is to help youth know of God’s great love for them and to discover the ways that they are gifted to share that love with their community and with the world. She is a proud New Hampshire native with a bit of a travel bug and has spent time in countries like India and Romania. When she is not getting to know students and their families, you can find her exploring new hiking trails and taste-testing local ice cream shops.
Alli has been a full-time youth director since 2015 and has additional ministry experience serving in Christian camping and missions organizations prior to that. She graduated from Gordon College with majors in Youth Ministry and Outdoor Education.
Interim Director of Children’s Ministries
Maurice is an uncle, son, and father figure. Maurice joined Bethany Covenant church in May of 2019 as an Intern for Bethany’s Summer Camp. He then moved up to Assistant Camp director and now, is Interim Director of Children and Families Ministry. Maurice comes to us with years of experience working with children. He also works in childcare at Asylum Hill Congregational Church and Educational Playcare. He continues to thrive in those fields. He is currently Attending Goodwin University for his bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Maurice looks forward to supporting Children’s Ministry and letting the children know how much God loves them. He is also a freelance musician who performs at various theaters. He enjoys playing music, watching movies, and hanging out and making new friends.
Sandra joined the Bethany staff in June 2019. She came to Bethany with 30 plus years of office skills working in the medical field which included 7 years in an ENT office followed by 20 years managing a large Mental Health practice in the Farmington Valley. Most recently she was employed part time in a front office position for a physical therapist practice.
Sandra has a large extended family, in state and out of state, whom she enjoys visiting. Her only daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren live locally giving her the great opportunity to visit frequently. Sandra is a beach lover, spending as much time as she possibly can in Narragansett during the summer. She is a walker and delights most in walking the long Rhode Island beaches in warmer weather. Other hobbies include gardening and sewing.
Sanctuary Choir Director
Liz Logan directs the Sanctuary Choir here at Bethany. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has taught voice lessons intermittently for the past 19 years. She has a deep love for choral singing and keeping the voice healthy. It is always her hope to bring a sense of unity and fellowship through singing together and individually. She believes that God has blessed us so uniquely with the gift of music!
Minister of Preaching and Teaching
Jessica F. Carter is the minister of preaching and teaching and has been teaching at Bethany since 2013 and on staff since 2016. She was called into ministry from a career as a corporate attorney, and is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Duke University (J.D./M.B.A), and Spelman College. She is the author of Troubling Her: A Biblical Defense of Women in Ministry and is the founder of Hear Wisdom MInistries. Jessica is a licensed minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and has a consulting firm. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music, watching home improvement shows, and discovering new types of tea to drink.