KEVIN DEYOUNG

“For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” – 2 Corinthians 4:5

A native of Jenison, Michigan, Kevin graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, with a B.A. in Religion. He earned his Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is now a Ph.D. candidate in Early Modern History at the University of Leicester in the UK. His research has focused on the theology of John Witherspoon, a Scottish-American Presbyterian theologian who was a founding father of the United States. Before accepting the call to lead Christ Covenant Kevin served as pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.

Kevin is a member of the council and blogs for The Gospel Coalition. He regularly speaks at churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in North America and overseas. He has published a dozen books for adults and children, including Just Do Something and The Biggest Story. His book, Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book About a Big Problem, was named the 2014 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year. In addition, Christianity Today has awarded Book of the Year honors to three of his books in 2009, 2010, and 2013. World Magazine named What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? one of its 2015 Books of the Year.

In addition to his primary responsibility as senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church, Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, He was formerly a Chancellor’s Professor for the Seminary.

Kevin and his wife Trisha are the parents of seven children.

TRENT HUNTER

Trent was born in 1981 in Columbus, OH, but grew up in the suburbs of three cities: Chicago, San Francisco, and St. Louis. Through the prayer and gospel witness of a schoolmate, the Lord saved Trent in the summer of 1995. Trent accepted the invitation to church from a desire to compensate for his sin, but discovered the gospel of grace which removes our sins “as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:12).

The experience of God’s grace in salvation spilled over in a desire to minister that grace to others as a pastor. Trent pursued theological training at Moody Bible Institute (B.A., ’99), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., ’10). From ’03–'05 he served as a Youth Pastor in the St. Louis area, and from ’10–'17 he served as Pastor for Administration and Teaching in Albuquerque.

Trent’s unique role includes the preached Word and oversight of the church’s corporate gatherings.  Trent and Kristi have three children by adoption. Carson and Madalyn came home from Ethiopia in 2009 and 2010, and Shae came home from Mississippi in 2011.
 

RICHARD D. PHILLIPS

Richard Davis Phillips became the twelfth Senior Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville in July, 2007.

He came to faith in Jesus Christ at age 30, surrendering his life to the Savior in response to the preaching of God’s Word. He soon was leading evangelistic Bible studies at the college where he was teaching and, after a few years, received God’s call to enter the gospel ministry. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and after graduation joined the pastoral staff of the church where he came to faith, Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, PA. There, Rick was mentored by the well-known Bible teacher, Dr. James Montgomery Boice, and began his calling as a weekly preacher of God’s Word. After serving at Tenth Presbyterian from 1995-2002, Dr. Phillips accepted the call to be Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs, FL. After five years there, he moved to Greenville to serve our church in 2007.

Dr. Phillips describes his ministry as centering on three “P”s: preaching, praying, and pastoring. He is devoted to expository preaching, which is the teaching of whole books of the Bible week-by-week. His ministry is widely heard on the radio and the internet and Dr. Phillips is frequently called upon to speak at conferences on the Bible and Reformed theology. He further serves the church by authoring books, with over twenty-five currently in print. Among his many activities, he serves on the board and council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the council of The Gospel Coalition, and the board of trustees of Westminster Theological Seminary. Together with Philip Graham Ryken, he is series coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Phillips holds degrees from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Doctor of Divinity), the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and the University of Michigan (B.A.).

Rick is married to the former Sharon Wilkey, whom he met at church in Philadelphia. Sharon is a homemaker, author, and home-schooling mother. They have an active family of five children: Hannah, Matthew, Jonathan, Ellie and Lydia.