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Our Team
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Lead Pastor

Vacation planner, loving father, aspiring golfer

John and his wife, Kathy have two adult daughters.  John loves to travel with all his girls. John and Kathy started Cove Church in 1996.  God has blessed this body in so many ways and he continues to count it a privilege to lead this church, as God leads him.

  • Favorite book: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  • Best show to binge-watch: Blacklist
  • Most desired superpower: Time travel

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Director of Ministry Operations

lake lover, party planner

Kathy and her husband, John, have two daughters that are grown and flown. At Kathy’s second home, Cove Church, she is responsible for facilities and finances, weddings and funerals, as they are NOT the same thing! The generic line in her job description, “other duties as assigned”, affects Kathy more than anyone else at Cove Church as she can often be found doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

  • Favorite book: The Help
  • Best show to binge-watch: Looking for a new one right now!
  • Most desired superpower: Ability to clean my house by twitching my nose

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NextGen Pastor

family man, beach bum, sportsman

Darren and his wife, Summer, were married in 1999 and have a son and a daughter. Darren and his family love spending time either cooking, or going to the beach. Darren joined Cove Church in 2017 and directs all Next Generation ministries. His goal is to show students how to know our God, and then respond with a life of discipleship.

  • Favorite book: Pursuit of God
  • Best show to binge-watch:World’s Toughest Race
  • Most desired superpower:Teleportation

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Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor

redeemed, redirected, restored

Sharon is married to a tractor salesman from Snead, AL. They co-parent a blended family that includes two girls, ages two and six. Sharon coordinates an amazing group of servant leaders who develop teams, systems, and environments through which people can take next steps in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Cove Church family.

  • Favorite book: Unbroken
  • Best show to binge-watch: Chopped is my favorite show to binge watch.
  • Most desired superpower: Invisibility

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Director of Worship Arts

drinker of tea, podcast addict, wannabe nerd

Heather and her husband, Robert, are simultaneously loving the teenage years with Ian and Ansley and trying desperately to get them out of the house. At Cove, Heather is a cheerleader for everyone who serves in Worship Ministry and Communications. She has the most fun job in the whole church – it isn’t fair, really.

  • Favorite book: The Power of Habit
  • Best show to binge-watch: Jane The Virgin
  • Most desired superpower: Super speed

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Pastor of Discipleship and Care

Disc golfer, Solitude seeker, Family lover

Stephen and his wife, Jane have three beautiful daughters, one who is out of college, one in college and one still at home. Somehow, they have almost made it through the teenage years, and amazingly, it has been mostly drama-free. At Cove, Stephen oversees Groups (Small Groups and Bands) and the Prayer CREW. Stephen also develops teams to help care for people no matter what they are walking through.
 
  • Favorite book: Waking the Dead by John Eldredge
  • Best show to binge-watch: NCIS or Longmire
  • Most desired superpower: Flying

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Kids Cove Large Group Coordinator

Organizer/Planner, Faithful friend, Wannabe athlete

Shannon and her husband, Doug, along with their teenage boys, Drew and Will, could be the feature for a reality show on The History Channel. They love hunting, camping, knife-making, attempting ninja warrior obstacles, and anything on the water! Here at Cove, Shannon works with large group volunteers and coordinates all aspects of worship for Children’s Ministry.

  • Favorite book: Same Kind of Different As Me
  • Best Show to binge-watch:  American Ninja Warrior
  • Most desired superpower: Wonder Woman

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Worship Leader

AKA Skinny Jean Joe, Master Joda, Mr. Singer

Joe and his bae have been together for about a year now. She is a little on the older side and is slowly dying on him, but she gets him from A to B...his Buick Lesabre. Joe is in charge of leading and creating the worship environment, video/graphics, and social media for student ministry. But his favorite part of his job is just hanging out with students!
 
  • Favorite book: The Bible... Duh #jesusjuke
  • Best show to binge-watch: F•R•I•E•N•D•S
  • Most desired superpower: Time Travel

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Chase Campus Worship Leader

Child of God, Foodie, History Buff

My amazing wife, Kelsey, and I have our hands full with raising a young teenager and twin boys. Let's not forget the two rowdy fur babies. Wow, what a blessing! As Worship Leader at our Chase campus, my goal is to make a joyful noise to the Lord in worship while joining in "musical prayer" with each and every member of our church family. Give it all to God!

  • Favorite book: The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
  • Best show to binge-watch: Home Improvement
  • Most desired superpower: I think it would be cool to be able to fly.

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Missions Coordinator

adventure seeker, extrovert, mom/wife

Shannon and her husband, Brent, have a daughter who is a freshman in college, and two sons in 6th and 8th grade.  They spend their time transporting the boys to and from sports activities and love a night in playing MarioKart as a family. Shannon is the Missions Coordinator at Cove. She schedules the monthly GO projects, multiple mission trip opportunities each year, and enjoys loving on our mission partners.

  • Favorite book: When Helping Hurts
  • Best show to binge-watch: Survivor
  • Most desired superpower: the ability to be in two places at one time

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Communications Director

God girl, food snob, aspiring optimist

Darcie and her husband, Jeff, have sacrificed several perfectly good nights of sleep in the raising of their three distinctively resolute daughters and one rough-and-tumble son. Here at Cove, Darcie takes care of our print media and social media channels.

  • Favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See
  • Best show to binge-watch: Friday Night Lights
  • Most desired superpower: Mental manipulation

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Worship Arts Coordinator

Jesus lover, sunset observer, back porch dweller

Angi and husband, Eric, hail from the great state of Michigan, land of the Harbaugh nation, the Big House and Big Ten football. They have two fun-loving daughters who love all things Auburn. At Cove, Angi is the administrative coordinator for the worship arts team and participant on the communications team

  • Favorite book: East of Eden
  • Best show to binge-watch: The Voice
  • Most desired superpower: The ability to talk to animals

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Receptionist

wife/mom/mimi, ice cream connoisseur, pug mom

Huntsville native and Rick are blessed to be living the life...the kids are grown with families of their own and they savor sharing life lessons with the grands. Their home is the animal house filled with 3 beloved pugs and Miss Kitty, the Hurricane Harvey rescue. Karen serves as the office receptionist.

  • Favorite book: The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Best show to binge-watch: Greys Anatomy
  • Most desired superpower: pet mindreading


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Chase Administrative Assistant

Reader, Traveler, Organizer

Deborah and Richard dragged their three teenagers across town to be partners with Cove Church at the Chase Campus. They loved it so much that they stayed. She recently went back to work after 18 years and landed her dream job as administrative assistant to Ryan Epps. Deborah helps with event planning, scheduling, and general organization at the Chase Campus.

  • Favorite book: Anything by John Grisham
  • Best show to binge-watch: Greys Anatomy
  • Most desired superpower: reading minds


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Cyndy Sarkisian, Director of Children’s Ministry, Chase Campus

Disney fanatic, tortoise runner, happy camper

Cyndy resides in the middle of a 13 acre field called Franklin Hollow with her husband, Colt and teenage son, Sam. The Sarkisians share the hollow with 53 cars, plenty of gamer gear, two dogs, and way too much Disney and Star Wars memorabilia. At Cove Cyndy utilizes her super-human (must be God-given) energy to keep up with all the inhabitants of Kid’s Cove. She encourages them to embrace the love and grace of Jesus Christ and share it with everyone they meet.

  • Favorite book: “Kingdom Keepers”
  • Best show to binge-watch: “Turner Classic Movies”
  • Most desired superpower: Piloting the Millennium Falcon

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Technical Director

Gadget nerd, grill master, photographer


David comes from a large, close knit family of Huntsville natives and Auburn graduates, War Eagle! He and his wife Holly have been blessed with two smart and strong willed little girls who think they own the church building. David works full time as a project manager for the Army, and spends his spare time at Cove managing all things technical (lights, sound, video, cameras) for the worship services.

  • Favorite book: Ready Player One
  • Best show to binge-watch: Last Man Standing
  • Most desired superpower: Flying like Superman

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Facilities Manager

Salad Consumer, Competitive Corn holer, Great personality

Rodger and his wife, Deborah, enjoy traveling whenever possible, and they ensure it is possible frequently! Rodger takes care of the facilities at Cove on both campuses. His skillset allows him to build, install, and repair almost anything, except TV’s.

  • Favorite book: Misery
  • Best show to binge-watch: The Good Wife
  • Most desired superpower: Mind Reading

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Kids Cove Small Group Coordinator

Loves God, devoted mother/wife, animal lover

Brooke and her husband, Nathan have lived in Huntsville for 13 years and have three girls. At Cove, Brooke helps coordinate volunteers working in Kids Cove as small group leaders leading preschoolers through 5th grade.

  • Favorite book: Bible (currently the book of John)
  • Best show to binge-watch: Designated Survivor
  • Most desired superpower: Reading minds

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Student Ministry Coordinator

Hopeful Believer, Voracious reader, Filled with Young Life DNA

Stacy and her husband, Richard, are two Oregon Ducks that flew south to Alabama with their son; their daughter lives in the Pacific NW with her husband. Here at Cove, Stacy uses her organizational & snack making skills to coordinate events, camps, and whatnot (food & fun) for the middle & high school ministries.

Favorite book: That's like saying pick a favorite child
Best show to binge-watch: Downton Abbey
Most desired superpower: Healing

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Accountant

joyful worshipper, kitchen dancer, dog spoiler

Cynthia and her husband, David, will be celebrating 30 years of marriage in June 2017. They are thrilled that their oldest son Jacob recently expanded the family by marrying Lindsey. Cynthia is currently savoring every moment spent with family before her daughter Elise returns to college and son Dylan heads off for his freshman year at Auburn. At Cove, Cynthia is responsible for the accounting and payroll.

  • Favorite book: Bible
  • Best show to binge-watch: Sherlock
  • Most desired superpower: Time Travel

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