We are followers of Christ first.

For the glory of Christ, Covenant Life Church strives to reach Sarasota for the gospel through making disciples, equipping families, and seeking the transformation of the city and of the world. This threefold vision is taken by our staff, elders, deacons and members into the three arenas of life - where we live, work, and play.

Covenant Life is Elder Led, Deacon Served, and Staff Run

Elder Led

The elders have the primary human authority under Christ for the directiondoctrinediscipleship and discipline of Covenant Life Church.

They excercise this authority when acting in unison as prayerful servant leaders. For clarity we have key action verbs as illustrations of their four responsibilities.


Direction - lead, govern, cast vision

Discipleship - feed, connect, build up, model

Doctrine - guard, preserve, teach

Discipline - correct, restore, unify

Deacon Served

Deacons at Covenant Life have the responsibility as servants to support the elders, staff and lay leaders. They steward the church's resources, conduct the church's caring and maintain the church's property.

Steward - encourage generosity, collect tithes & offerings, administer funds

Conduct Caring Ministry - help those in physical, financial or practical need, visit the sick, equip the congregation to serve one another

Maintain Property - keep the buildings and grounds in good shape, develop the site, protect the physical resources of the church

Staff Run

The staff at Covenant Life, plan, implement and manage the vision and direction put forth by the elders. Each staff person is responsible for developing and coordinating their area of ministry (e.g., Children, Music, Students).

Their responsibilities are to:







Carry out day to day


Ken Aldrich - Senior Pastor
Steve Jeantet - Executive Pastor
Scott Mawhinney - Pastor of Discipleship and Mission
Chris Knaebel - Assistant Pastor & Church Planting Apprentice


Amanda Reffitt - Girls Discipleship Coordinator
Beth Overholt - Director of Women's Ministry
Blythe Sizemore - Director of Children's Ministry
Maurice Overholt - Director of Worship


Amy Conner - Administrative Assistant
Ed Gross - Senior Visitation Coordinator
Eric Babington - Director of Worship Technology
Lisa Carlson - Children's Ministry Assistant/Nursery Director
Nancy Wadlinger - Administrative Assistant
Rocky Shiffner - Little Explorers Preschool Director


Bob Oram

Tom McGee

William Murray

Brent Phillips

Kevin Carlson

Kyle Cookerly

Steve Spraker

Ed Wilson

Gordon Shaw

Michael Harvey

Stu Turnbull

Dave Hunniford


Mark Martell

Calvin Horst

Greg Envey

Larry Horst

Roger Sonstroem

Bob Stevens

Dave Enslow

Leigh DeJonge

Peter Lutz