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Laura began serving Covenant as Associate Pastor in July 2008. Four years later, she accepted the call to serve as Head Pastor.
Simply put, Laura loves being a pastor. She feels it is an honor to walk with people through all times in their lives – from the joyous moments to the most difficult. She considers Covenant a wonderful place – a true family – where different ideas are welcome and celebrated. Her vision for ministry is that Covenant be a place where she can teach and be taught, nurture and be nurtured, love and be loved.
Under her leadership, Covenant has experienced many great joys over the past few years. The newly renovated sanctuary along with many other renovation projects reveals her passion for the church to continue to evolve and meet the needs of a diverse and growing population. She thrives on the energy of the congregation and the hustle-bustle of a busy church serving the needs of the community. Traveling with mission trips are a special delight to her. In the summer of 2012, she visited Haiti with a mission team that provided water to villages. Committed to Covenant being a “city on a hill” she encourages the staff and congregation to participate in many service and mission projects each year.
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Joseph began his service to Covenant in 2003 as a Youth Volunteer. In 2005, he became the Youth Ministry Team Coordinator. Eight years later, in January 2013, he accepted the call to join Covenant full-time to minister to youth and young adults, and in 2016 became the Associate Pastor. In the years that Joseph has worked with young people at Covenant, he has relished the opportunity to enjoy Jesus Christ with people of all ages. In his role as Youth Director, he feels every day presents new and exciting challenges and joys. His enthusiasm to meet the needs of young people and involve them in church life is remarkable. Whether it’s setting up a Gaga Ball pit for teens to play with, or arranging fun outings for every day of Spring Break – Joseph goes the extra mile to relate to people and let them know they are safe, loved and welcome at Covenant.
Joseph spent 14 years learning about people in an industrial setting and two years as a full time social worker in the mental health field. Joseph feels that God has him right where God wants him at this time. Joseph’s dream for the Youth Ministry at Covenant is that it continues to be an ever-strengthening place where people, young and old, can gather in a safe and loving space to be refreshed, energized, nurtured, fed, and equipped to take and spread Christ’s message with them wherever they go.
Laura received her Bachelor of Music in Education/Instrumental at Wichita State University in 1996. She teaches piano, clarinet, Kindermusik and A Homeschool Band. She has been on staff as pianist/director since 2004. She is also the music education administrator starting in June 2017 at Senseney Music. In addition to her piano duties she also plays clarinet and bass clarinet at Covenant Presbyterian church, Senseney Music Community Band and in Delano Wind Ensemble.
Laura is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by Music Teachers National Association. She is certified as a piano teacher. Laura is also a Licensed Kindermusik Educator since 2009.
Guy Vollen is a native Kansan who grew up in Pittsburg and earned degrees in music at Wichita State University and Florida State University. He has been singing with Covenant’s Chancel Choir since joining the church in 2004; during that time he served as an occasional substitute director and participated in a variety of musical activities at the church. Guy answered the call to become the full-time Choir Director in January 2017, combining his previous experience as a music teacher, composer, and conductor with a love of God and a sense of fun and fellowship. In addition to choosing and guiding choral music for weekly services, his duties include coordinating the choir’s outreach and service activities such as Wednesday night dinners. The best part is being able to collaborate with his wife Laura, the church’s pianist.
Caroline Jeanette Johnson Gilstrap was born in Landes de Bussac, France where her father was stationed while in the Army. Caroline is a cradle Presbyterian, descended from a long line of Scottish Presbyterians.
Caroline grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas. After high school, she attended Cowley County Community College and Wichita State University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education. She earned her Master’s in Music Education from KU. She taught elementary vocal music for 31 years and is now happily retired. She enjoys teaching piano from her home.
She is married to Rich and they have two children, Andy and Katie. Andy is married to Michelle and they have a son, Atticus. Katie is married to Brian Richardson.
Caroline enjoys directing the Rainbow Bell Choir, leading music at VBS, and playing piano for the Atonement orchestra and occasional services at Covenant.
She is a longtime member of Covenant is a dedicated nursery attendant and children’s helper. She is full of patience and love for young children. On Sundays, she can be found in the nursery and on Wednesday evenings she teaches Early Elementary children. “It’s Katie,” is an expression frequently heard as children enter a room and happily see that Katie is there.