Meet First Covenant's Leadership Team!



    Hello, I'm Sharla and I am currently serving as chair of First Covenant St. Paul's leadership team. My family and I have been members here for about 11 years now. One of the things I love most about First Covenant is how we do community - with many partner organizations and with members from all backgrounds and walks of life. This place is busy, and while it can get hectic we move through life together in shared belief in Christ's sacrificial love for us all and a strong desire to share that good news with our neighbors near and far.


    vice chair

    My wife and I have been attending FCC since 2007, with a four-year hiatus when my employment took us to Greater Minnesota. We continued to attend whenever we came back to the metro area. When we moved within driving distance, we were glad to begin attending regularly again and made FCC our home church. Now, having moved closer still, we welcomed the invitation to serve the FCC congregation by serving as secretary for the Leadership Team. FCC strikes the right balance for us between liturgy and thought provoking scriptural study. I live in White Bear Lake with Kate, my wife of 17 years, Rosemary (12) and Margot (3). We enjoy reading together, family dance parties, and being outside on bikes, canoes, or on foot.

  • Jake verdoorn



    I am a life-long member of First Covenant, baptized, confirmed, and married in this church. I love that our church wants to be an active part of our community, and teaches me constantly how to be a good neighbor. I am thankful that we are a congregation made up of a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs, and that we still all learn from each other. My husband Peter and I have enjoyed volunteering with the First Cov youth for many years and lead a retreat in the Boundary Waters every winter. I am happiest when I am outside- playing with my dog, gardening, camping, biking, and log rolling.


    I am Jorge Martinez. My family and I have been members at FCC for 7 years now. Currently, I am serving as a member of the Leadership Team, co-directing our musicals with students from many schools in the metro area, and feeling privileged to serve in other activities in our church. It makes me very happy that our community is strongly committed to opening our doors to others in a deep and truly Christian embrace as our Lord has taught us.

  • Marcy turnquist

    FCC has been my church home my entire life, baptized, confirmed and married here.  I sing in the choir, play handbells, serve at funerals and am privileged to serve on the leadership team.  It means so much to me that we are a congregation that seeks to share the love of Christ to out community both locally and globally.  I am learning how to be a widow after losing my husband and friend of 52 years.  I enjoy reading, golfing, gardening, playing the harp and piano and spending time with my grandchildren.


    I have attended First Covenant since 2011 with my husband and three kids. I love the community that my family has found at First Covenant. I am a member of the Community Bible Study class that meets at FCC, and appreciate how the church seeks to serve the local neighborhood as well as Believers around the globe. I love to read, travel, camp, hike, and bake. 



    Jim is elected and is authorized to disburse funds for church purposes in accordance with standard accounting procedures for non-profit organizations. He manages and records the payment and outgoing side of church finances, works closely with the bookkeeper, and generates monthly financial reports. He is a member of the Finance Team and Budget Committee.



    Rachel is elected and is authorized to receive monies on behalf of the church. She manages and records the income/revenue side of church finances, oversees the weekly counters, provides quarterly and annual giving statements, and orders annual giving envelopes. She serves as a member of the Finance Team and Budget Committee.



    Doug is an elected member of the Leadership Team, a member of the Finance Team, and leads the Budget Committee. He explains financial reports and contributes to the decisions and strategic visioning of the Leadership Team.