The Pastor's Corner

Stephen Mirich, Jr.

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Senior Pastor


Pastor Stephen (goes by Steve) Mirich, Jr. is the husband to Cassandra (goes by Cassy), the father of 5 precious children (3 girls and twin boys), and is currently serving as the Pastor to Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Steve is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, where he met his wife Cassy at her church home.  Before they even dated, they knew they were meant to get married, but first the Lord took Cassy away on a very long 6 month mission trip to China. Within one week after her return, Steve proposed. They set their date for Feb. 2nd, 2002 because they just, by God’s providence, happen to share the same spiritual birthday (Feb. 2nd, 1998). From there the Lord blessed them with Faith (13), Maelee (12), Sami (10), Deacon (8), and Isaac (8).

Steve began studying Civil Engineering at Youngstown State University; however, the Lord had a different plan.  After a call from the Lord, Steve graduated from Geneva College with a Community Ministry Degree.   Steve received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and has served as a youth pastor and assistant pastor at Carolina PCA Church in Locust, NC, for the past seven years.

The Mirich Family loves doing ministry together; it has been their vision from the beginning.  Cassy home schools the kids and has her own photography business.  If Steve finds any spare time he enjoys any sport, drawing, reading, and is a big Steelers, Pirates, and Duke fan.

Overall, Steve is known for his down to Earth character, his love and passion for others, and most importantly, his love for the Lord. The Mirich family “tries” to walk by faith with a strong desire that their joy in serving Him would be contagious. At times they fail, but get back up, confess, and are so extremely grateful for His abundance of grace and unconditional love!


Pastor Don Taws

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Visitation Pastor

Pastor Don has served as interim and assistant to the pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, collectively, for the past ten years. He has served as a missionary to Eritrea, East Africa, and had pastorates in Ft. Lauderdale and Harmony, New Jersey.  He is a graduate of Calvin College (BA), Florida Atlantic University (M.Ed.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.).  

Don and his wife Jeanette have five children; one has gone on before them to heaven; and the others living in Johnson City, Tennessee; Panama Beach, Florida; Hope Sound, Florida; and Santiago, Chile.  They have eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


Youth Director

Chet Peterson

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Chet currently serves as the Youth Director at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Having lived in the Carolinas most of his life, Chet comes to us most recently from Lexington, South Carolina where he served in law enforcement for approximately five years as a School Resource Officer. Chet studied Bible and Youth Ministry at Columbia International University. He has also served in many other youth ministry capacities for the past ten years. 

Chet has a passion for teaching and empowering youth to learn and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He also desires to lead a family-centered youth ministry by empowering parents to disciple their students and model a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Chet is husband to Breanna and has two sons, Archer and Rowan. 



Dave Koehler


David Koehler, our new organist, comes to us from Smyrna Presbyterian Church, PCA in Smyrna, GA, where he was organist for fifteen years.  Prior to that position, he was organist at McGregor Baptist church in Ft. Myers, FL for twenty years.  David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Arts Degree from Ball State University.  David taught music in the public school in Kokomo, IN for 17 years and 20 years in Ft. Myers, FL.  He retired from teaching in 1999.    Dave, and his wife, Bonnie, have been married 54 years and have two children, Brad and Julie.  Brad, his wife Cyndi, and daughter, Ashley, live in Naples, Florida.  Julie and her husband, Greg Machak, live in Coal City, Illinois.
Bonnie and David have found Covenant to be a very friendly church from the first time they visited.  David trusts that his music will be a blessing to each of you and most of all that it will glorify the Almighty God.


Pianist/Music Director

Rebecca Brake

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Pianist/ Music Director/ Hendersonville Classical Conversations Director

Rebecca is a passionate musician, educator and mother and internationally acclaimed educator and performer
Rebecca studied piano with Professor John Luxton at the Canberra School of Music, at the Australian National University. Graduating in 1995 with a degree in Performance.
Rebecca performed regularly in Canberra at Parliament House, Embassies and other events hosted throughout the city.
Rebecca excelled as a Chamber Musician and Accompanist winning prizes for her achievements. Receiving a scholarship in 1993 to attend the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, her Piano trio was selected to perform and was broadcast live on the national broadcaster Australia’s ABC Classic FM. Following her degree, she was also selected to study Piano Forte in The Hague.

Rebecca, as an educator is a Music Specialist in schools with a passion to infiltrate music into the lives of young people. Her commitment to outstanding curriculum development has gained the attention of international education professionals over the years.

In these years she became an accompanist, repetiteur, and conductor for the Sing Australia Network performing nationally. Rebecca has conducted many ensembles including Strings, Concert Bands, and Choirs for schools to further their programs within their schools.

Rebecca, originally from Australia, currently resides in North Carolina USA, where she lives with her husband and children Hannah and Charlie.

If you are interested in finding out more about Rebecca please be in touch.

Pianist/Music Director

Margaret Stuckey

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Pianist /Music Director
Margaret Stuckey serves as the co-music director at Covenant Presbyterian Church. She is the director of the handbell choir and the youth choir. She also accompanies the Sanctuary Choir.

Margaret attended North Greenville University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Church Music in May 2017. She also serves as the collaborative artist at Clemson University where she accompanies for their vocal ensembles.

Margaret has been playing piano for sixteen years and has been involved in music at Covenant for ten years. She is grateful to be able to continue to serve the congregation that has given her great support and encouragement through the years. All glory to God!

Church Secretary

Billi Toner

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Church Secretary

Originally from Southern Illinois, Billi worked for publishing businesses in both Omaha and Charlotte before moving to Hendersonville eighteen years ago. Billi has discovered her passion lies in photography, graphic design, web administration, and fitness.  She takes an enthusiastic approach that every project is a new opportunity to learn and to serve others.  Her areas of expertise include graphic art, desktop publications, and video tutorial illustrations.

Billi has two grown sons; her oldest son, Brian, a US Marine stationed in Charlotte, and Brett, recently married and residing in Vincennes, IN with his bride, Hope.

When she's not busy managing the front office, she prefers spending her weekends shooting nature scenery, cycling on her Trek or hiking mountain trails.

Officers - Session




Mike Baer Session Clerk 

         Tony Bloemsma 

Sam Riddle  


Jim Toms      


Rod Caldwell 

        Dan Veazey   
        Bill Cole, Elder Emeritus   
        Jim Wert, Elder Emeritus  

Officers - Diaconate



    Terry Buettner 

    Ray Brown 

    Jack Trantham    
    Rick Bernard 
    Randy Boyd 

  May 2018  
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