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Pastoral and administrative staff

Dan Leeper, Pastor

Areas of focus: Executive Leadership, Worship

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Dan provides executive leadership for New Covenant by leading our staff and working with our elders to seek to accomplish our vision and mission. He also leads the worship ministry on Sunday mornings and serves on the preaching team. Dan joined the pastoral team in February of 2012. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, MO. He has an M.Div. from Heart of America Theological Seminary. He and his wife Holly have three sons. Dan loves hanging out with his family, playing volleyball, hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything outside.

Patrick Havens, Pastor 

Areas of focus: Mission and Equipping

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Patrick oversees Global Impact, Local Impact, and our Grow ministries for adults that aim to establish and equip our church members. He also serves on our preaching team. Patrick joined the pastoral staff in 2016 after living in Morocco, North Africa, for over nine years. Patrick and his wife, Alicia, have five kids. Patrick received his MDiv from Trinity International University and earned the Foundations of Biblical Counseling Certificate from CCEF (with his wife). They enjoy hospitality, hearing people’s stories, and engaging with those skeptical about Jesus.

Brandon Stern, Pastor 

Areas of focus: Youth, Pastoral Care

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Brandon provides pastoral leadership for the New Covenant Youth Group (middle school and high school students). He also oversees the pastoral care for our congregation and serves on our preaching team. Brandon began serving on staff in March of 2019. He is married to Jordan and they have three children. Brandon received his Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and earned the Foundations of Biblical Counseling Certificate from CCEF. Brandon enjoys playing sports, spending time with family and friends, and Chicago deep dish pizza.

David Sunday, Voluntary Pastor

Area of Focus: Preaching Team

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Having served as the founding lead pastor, David continues to serve the church voluntarily by guiding the preaching ministry and leading our preaching team. He also serves as the President of a global ministry training pastors around the world called WordPartners. He is married to Kate and has three adult children, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. He enjoys running and biking along the Fox River Trail, reading literature and biographies, and eating good meals with lots of laughter among friends. David has a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute, an M.A. from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a D.Min. in Preaching from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Karen Aldridge, Counseling Coordinator

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Karen has the privilege of talking with people and helping point them to how God intersects with their various situations through the Gospel Care ministry of New Covenant. Karen came on staff in 2012. As a former teacher, Karen enjoys learning and teaching in the church. She is married to Ray, and they have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Tracy Holloway, Children’s Ministry Director

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Tracy oversees all aspects of New Covenant Kids which includes recruiting, equipping, evaluating and encouraging many volunteers and the programs they bring to families. Tracy and her family have been attending New Covenant since 2011. Since graduating from the University of Illinois with an Elementary Education degree, Tracy has been involved in education in some way or another for over 25 years as a public school classroom teacher, Christian school classroom teacher, homeschool co-op teacher, youth leader and Sunday school teacher. Her husband, Mark, and three daughters, Allison, Cora and Katie consistently support and patiently listen when she corners them with her latest educational discovery. Tracy never wants to stop learning about God or the amazing world he has created!

Holly Leeper, Administrative Assistant to the Pastoral Staff

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Holly primarily assists the pastors and ministry leaders with various administrative tasks and oversees communications at NCBC since joining the staff in 2019. Holly was born in South Bend, IN and has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a minor in music. She enjoys serving with her husband, Dan, on the Worship Team on Sunday mornings and with Crossroads Kids Club during the school year. In her free time, she loves playing volleyball, learning music, reading books, and spending time with Dan and their three boys.

Donna Strand, Business Administrator

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Donna manages the church financials and facility, and provides ministry and staff assistance as needed. She has been a member of New Covenant since its inception in 2010. Donna is married to Kevin and they have four adult children and four adorable grandsons! In her free time, Donna enjoys watching football, reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with her grandsons.

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