Patrick King – Lead Pastor
Patrick was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2004 with a B.A. in business. While at Wheaton he met his wife Kennerly. After graduating from college, Patrick pursued business working in a start-up company in Scottsdale, AZ. Within a few years, Patrick and Kennerly each felt led to spend more time teaching God’s Word and caring for souls. They decided to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL for seminary and both graduated with Masters of Divinity in 2011. During this time God instilled in them a love for his church. Patrick served as an Associate Pastor at Trinity Church in Plymouth, MI after graduating and came to Covenant in December 2014. Kennerly and Patrick have three sons, Micah, Jonah, and Ezra. Patrick enjoys playing soccer, going to the beach and trying new restaurants, preferably in North Park.
Pat Little – Creative Arts & Community Outreach Director
Pat moved to San Diego from the Bay Area in 2016. He received a BA in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Cal Poly SLO, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is passionate about exploring the role the Arts can play in the Church. Born and raised in the Central Coast of CA, Pat and his wife Casey currently live in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego. Most weekends you can find them hiking, playing basketball, eating ice cream, and drinking too much coffee.
Kennerly King – Director of Spiritual Formation
Kennerly grew up in San Diego, but moved away to attend Wheaton College in Illinois. She graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Communication. While at Wheaton, Kennerly met her husband Patrick King, and after living and working in Arizona for their first year of marriage, the Kings moved to Birmingham, AL to attend Beeson Divinity School. Kennerly graduated from Beeson in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. From Alabama, Kennerly and Patrick moved to Michigan, where Kennerly enjoyed leading several women’s Bible studies and a young mother’s group. Now back in San Diego, Kennerly is delighted to be serving the community at Covenant. Patrick and Kennerly have three sons, Micah, Jonah, and Ezra.
Kristin Dawson – Covenant Kids’ Director
Kristin graduated from West Virginia University with a Master’s in Elementary Education specializing in Early Childhood Development. For eight years Kristin was an elementary school teacher in Norfolk, Virginia. Her experience included grades Pre-K to 4th grade. She has taught in a public urban school district, a private Christian school, and camp settings. Most recently Kristin was an assistant teacher at Grace Kids Preschool in North Park. She has a contagious joy for helping children see the greatness of God in all of life and learning how to live into God’s great Story in tangible ways. Kristin is married to Jared, who is an outdoor enthusiast and helicopter pilot. They have a daughter named Eliza. Most weekends, they can be found on a mountain or exploring a new town, often chasing after a scenic view or flower field.
Jake Portugal – Student Ministry Director
Jake grew up in San Diego, attending Mira Mesa High School and Mesa College before graduating in 2014 from Wheaton College in Illinois with a B.A. in Communication. While at Wheaton, Jake met his wife Trisha Carr. After 3 years of long distance dating while Jake completed his M.A. at Azusa Pacific University and Trisha completed her M.S.N. at Rush University, they got married in August 2017. Jake has been serving in Student Ministry since 2011 with local churches, YoungLife, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jake and Trisha spent their first year of marriage in Chicago before relocating to San Diego in September of 2018 and have attended Covenant ever since. Jake enjoys good conversation, working out, and a quality book. Jake teaches and coaches baseball at Mesa College.
Joyce Campbell – Sunday Operations Director
Joyce is a Southern California native who moved to San Diego in 2018 with her husband Milton and their black tuxedo cat, Logan. She attended Brown University and graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Prior to moving to San Diego, she lived in Perth, Australia for 2 years serving as the Operations Coordinator for YWAM and continues to work in operations in non-profits in San Diego. She met her husband Milton in a serendipitous moment 2 days before she left for Australia while he was on a work trip in LA. They pursued a long distance relationship for a year until she returned to California to get married. Joyce and Milton started attending Covenant Church after she saw Covenant’s “Welcome” banner on her way to buy groceries right across the street at Vons. They attended service the following Sunday and have been here ever since, calling Covenant Church home. Joyce is passionate about building community and planning events and enjoys playing soccer, being outdoors, traveling, and cooking for friends.
Linda Liddell – Administrative Coordinator
Linda was born in Eugene, OR and grew up in Lakewood, CA. After graduating from college, Linda was invited to come work at Covenant in the summer of 1983. Not long after moving to San Diego, Linda met Tim who was also working at the church. Seven months later, Tim and Linda were married at Covenant and now have two adult sons Fred and Tom, who each got married at the church as well. While Linda has taken on a variety of responsibilities at Covenant over the years, she is now the church secretary and keeps things running smoothly. She enjoys playing games, doing puzzles, and having people over.
Our elders provide spiritual and practical leadership to our community. They help the staff with decision-making and accountability. The elders are people gifted with experience, wisdom, and humility. Our current elders are: Danny Kim, Leonard Leong, Cathy Metts, Rick Preibisius, and Paul Woolf.
Our deacons serve the church by caring for the spiritual and physical needs of our community. The deacon title comes from the Greek word for “servant.” The deacons are people who serve with hearts full of grace and compassion. Our current deacons are: Regi Abraham, Jeremy Anderson, Jenne Hill, Patti Hyss, Keith & Stacy Laughlin, and Lois Lausch.