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Pastoral and administrative staff

David Sunday, Lead Pastor


David oversees the pastoral team, serves on the elder leadership sub-committee, mentors the Preachers’ Cohort, and guides the preaching ministry of the church. David has been at New Covenant since its inception in 2010. He is married to Kate and has three adult children and a daughter-in-law. 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 just to get out of Chicagoland schools, he is presently working on a D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Patrick Havens, Pastor for Mission and Equipping


Patrick oversees global partners, local outreach, and the ways New Covenant aims to establish and equip church members in the Bible and applying truth to their lives. 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.

Dan Leeper, Interim Executive Pastor


Dan is primarily responsible for leading the Sunday morning corporate worship ministries and providing pastoral leadership of the middle school and high school youth ministry. Dan joined the pastoral team in February of 2012. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, MO. He and his wife Holly have three sons: Carson, Malachi, and Jason. Dan loves hanging out with his family, playing spikeball and volleyball, hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything outside.

Brandon Stern, Pastor for Care and Gospel Communities


Brandon oversees congregational care and provides leadership and direction for Gospel Communities. Brandon began serving on staff in March of 2019. He is married to Jordan and they have three children: Trevor, Kaitlyn, and Jaden. Brandon enjoys playing sports, spending time with family and friends, and Chicago deep dish pizza.

Karen Aldridge, Counseling Coordinator


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


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


Holly primarily assists the pastors and ministry heads with various administrative tasks and oversees communications at NCBC since joining the staff in 2019. Holly was born in South Bend, IN and studied Creative Writing and music in college. She enjoys serving with her husband, Dan, on the Worship Team on Sunday mornings, and as a youth leader on Wednesday evenings. 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


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 three adorable grandsons! In her free time, Donna enjoys watching football, reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with her grandsons.

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