OUR  PASTORS

1Pastors Craig and Wendy Bellis
 
Craig and Wendy Bellis were born and raised in central Pennsylvania where they met as teenagers. They received Christ as Lord at their home church, Newport Assembly of God. Following Craig’s graduation from Zion Bible Institute in 1976, Wendy attended the same school for a year and they married in October of 1977, beginning their ministry together.
 
In 1981, their family moved to Washington, PA where Craig began to serve as senior pastor of Covenant Life Fellowship. In 1993, both Craig and Wendy were ordained by Christian International and began to co-pastor the church as a team.
 
Craig is a “Pastor’s Pastor” with a passion for teaching and equipping believers and releasing them to fulfill their God-given destinies. His heart is to see our society and the nations impacted by the Kingdom of God. He possesses a rare gift to bring the truth of God’s word to believers, while encouraging its practical application through the Holy Spirit’s real and empowering presence.
 
Wendy has been effective as a mentor to many. She ministers with a prophetic mantle and has a passion to raise up a generation that is equipped to hear the voice of God and walk in radical obedience. She also has a passion for the church to be “real” and to deal with the things that stifle our spiritual growth and hinder our witness.
 
Craig and Wendy are the proud parents of four grown daughters: Christi (Andrew) Yetter; Rachel (Jonathan) Taplin; Rebekah (Jered) Reeves; and Leah (Joe) Shannon. They are also enjoying their new role as “Pap Pap” and “Nana” with their grandchildren: Claire, Drew, Avery, and Adelaide Yetter, Liam and Peyton Reeves, Elijah and Elysia Taplin, and Annabelle and Louie Shannon.
2Pastors Jonny and Rachel Taplin
 
Jonny was born just outside London, England and Rachel, second daughter of Pastors Craig and Wendy Bellis, was born in Washington, PA. They met at Hillsong Bible College in Sydney, Australia in 2006. After completing Worship and Creative Arts course in 2007, they got married in 2008.
 
After their wedding, they moved back to Jonny’s home church in the UK, City Church, where they oversaw the worship team for a number of years. In September of 2012, they moved back to the US and joined the staff of Covenant Life, part time, overseeing the Worship and Arts Ministry. In 2015 they were ordained as Pastors and became full time staff at the church.
 
Jonny and Rachel are passionate pursuers of the presence of God, and desire that all would have an encounter with the Father that brings transformation to their lives and the world around them. They are also passionate to see people be all that God has called them to be. “God has a plan and purpose for you on this earth. He has called us all to be royal priesthood a chosen people, we are not to be distant but called His children. This means full access to all He has for us. We cannot earn it but he freely gives it.”
 
Jonny and Rachel are the proud parents of Elijah and Elysia. “We want to see the ceiling of what we achieve in God, become the foundations for the next generation. So they in turn can continue to create a foundation for the generation after them.”

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Pastors Bill & Cindy Speer

 
SpeersBill and Cindy have always had a heart for Western PA. Both were born and raised in the Washington, PA area, were saved as children and have been longtime members of Covenant Life. Bill attended Computer Tech in Pittsburgh following high school and has been employed in the computer field since then, currently working full-time for FedEx Services. Cindy graduated from Houghton College in New York with a B.A. in English/Secondary Education. She completed her M.Ed. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Counselor Education. Bill and Cindy were married in 1990. Cindy has had work experience in the teaching and counseling fields, working in both private and public education, Christian day care, and mental health services, with every age group from infant to adult. In 2008, Cindy joined the full-time staff at Covenant Life as Church Administrator and continued in that role until 2015. In January 2015, Bill & Cindy were ordained as Children’s Pastors at Covenant Life.
 
Bill and Cindy have a passion to serve, support, and impact the community (specifically in the spheres of societal influence that relate to children and families) with God’s unconditional love and transforming power. They desire to support and partner with parents in the nurturing and training of children and to see the family unit strengthened. They are passionate to see children/youth saved, healed, and transformed by the love of the Father and the truth of the Word so that they will become radical disciples of Christ at a young age with a passion to fulfill their God-given purpose and to be change agents of our culture.
 
Bill and Cindy have 3 children: Kaitlyn, Kelsey, and Matthew.