MINISTRY TEAM


MEET FIRST COVENANT’S MINISTRY TEAM!


  • REV. ANNE VINING

    Senior Pastor

    651-774-0344 ext 216

    anne@first-covenant.org

    I’ve lived and served on the East Side (and Hyacinth Avenue to be more specific!) since 2002 when I began serving as senior pastor. Gordy and I are parents of two adult children, a son-in-law, our host daughter from China, a cat and dog. It continues to be a privilege to watch our church community embrace a shared mission and vision for how we are called to serve our broader East Side community and the world around us, reflecting the love of Jesus Christ in tangible ways that actually transform lives.

  • Rev. mike hotz

    pastor of community life

    mike@first-covenant.org

    After living and serving in the City of Minneapolis for 28 years, Ann and our family moved to the East Side (Dayton's Bluff) and First Covenant Church so I could answer the call to serve as Pastor of Community Life in August of 2019. I'm extremely excited to join this community of faith and help guide us forward as we respond to the love and grace of Christ through spiritual formation, discipleship, and engagement. Ann and I are the parents of three amazing children (totally unbiased assessment!) and have a 12 year old Springer named Franklin. We love being outdoors, gathering with new and old friends, and exploring new restaurants. 

  • REV. TED NORDLUND

    Visitation Pastor

    651-774-0344 ext. 227

    ted@first-covenant.org

    I have served as the Pastor of Visitation at First Covenant since May of 2003. I spend 10 hours a week calling on those who are homebound, hospitalized and/or moving through transitions in later life. My wife, Jeannine and I are both energized by our involvement in a variety of ministries at First Covenant church. We have three children and six grandchildren. I enjoy working with wood.

  • TOM CAMERON

    Executive Pastor

    651-774-0344 ext. 219

    tom@first-covenant.org

    I spent most of my adult life in Chicago as a member and co-pastor at Jesus People USA Covenant Church. In 2014, my wife Janet and I relocated to the Twin Cities, and soon thereafter, I accepted a call to serve as the Executive Pastor at First Covenant Church. My role is largely to help deal with the myriad of administrative and property challenges facing the church. Janet and I enjoy camping and hiking, having visited many of our national parks.

  • DONOVAN DEGAETANO

    Minister of Children and Families

    651-774-0344 ext. 220

    donovan@first-covenant.org

    My family (Jill and our 4 children) and I moved from Indiana to Minnesota July of 2013, to serve as Minister to Children and Families, here at FCC. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Ephesians 2:10, because it reminds us we are God’s masterpiece. I strive to help others know they are God’s masterpiece - lovable, capable, worthwhile, and loved with no strings attached.

  • KATE MAKOSKY

    Minister of Communication, interim minister of youth and families

    651-774-0344 ext. 218

    kate@first-covenant.org

    I’ve been on the team at First Covenant since 2006, making a home here on the East Side of Saint Paul with my kids, husband, and two cats. I love seeing people connect their story with God’s story and take the next step in furthering the Kingdom of God. I am thankful to be a part of a community where all ages can find places of belonging, grow in their belief in Jesus, and continue becoming who God has created them to be.

  • RICHARD VOTH

    Minister of Worship + Arts

    651-774-0344 ext 217

    richard@first-covenant.org

    My wife Victoria and I, and our two kids are from Argentina, and have been at FCC since 2005. I am passionate in serving God in this area because of how everything is aligned with the mission of our church. My position includes directing the choir, handbell choir, worship teams, as well as children and youth musicals with partner neighborhood public schools. I enjoy spending time with family and friends on a beach by the ocean having interesting and challenging conversations accompanied by drinking mate (Argentine tea).

  • JAN THOES

    DataBase Manager

    651-774-0344 ext 211

    jan@first-covenant.org

    I began working in the First Covenant Church office in 2014. I am kept very busy working on special projects, and updating and maintaining the church database. Every day is different! I live in Minneapolis with my husband and our 4th rescue dog. We have one son, two daughters, two sons-in-law, and are learning to grandparent. I enjoy gardening, camping, backyard bonfires, and adventure walks.

  • ELLEN JACOBSON

    Worship Assistant/Accompanist

    ellen@first-covenant.org

    Though I’ve only just come on board as the Worship Assistant, I’ve been going to FCC since I was born. I help out with the Worship Team, play the piano, and volunteer with the youth. I’m excited to be a part of what God is doing here at FCC!

  • JUDY KLINE

    Office Coordinator

    651-774-0344 ext 210

    judy@first-covenant.org

    I have been working as the Office Coordinator at First Covenant Church since early 2013. I consider it a privilege to be in the office communicating with a variety of people in person, by phone or e-mail. FCC is a hub for many connections and it is exciting to be a small part of the whole, through helping up front and behind the scenes. Outside of FCC, I volunteer for a few local organizations, love exploring the new community I recently moved to, enjoy spending time outdoors walking my dog, and have fun getting together with friends.

  • CHRISSY THOMAS

    After School program manager

    chrissy@familyvaluesforlife.org

    I attended McNally Smith College of Music and received my associate degree in Music Production. I began teaching private music lessons and workshops to children, youth, and young adults in the Twin Cities area after graduation. Currently I work with children and youth for my home church, Overcomers Victory Church in addition to coordinating programming for children and youth in partnership with First Covenant Chruch of Saint Paul and Family Values for Life.

  • LORA MURTHA

    Nursery Coordinator

    lora@first-covenant.org

    I am the Nursery Coordinator for First Covenant Church. I am excited to be working with our smallest church family members and providing a loving, safe environment for our families to grow. I live on the east side of Saint Paul with my husband, son and daughter. We have been attending First Covenant since 2006! When we are not at church we are avid campers and have been to all of the State Parks in Minnesota.

  • KRISTINA KITHINJI

    Bookkeeper, interim administrative associate

    I came on board as the new bookkeeper in September, though I’ve been around FCC for the past few years with Community Bible Study. I live a short walk away with my husband and two little guys. When we’re not at First Covenant, we can often be found somewhere in the neighborhood walking, biking or participating in the many great programs in our backyard.

  • JON HUGGER

    Lead Custodian

    651-774-0344 ext 208

    jon@first-covenant.org

    I am the head custodian at the church responsible for facilities maintenance and grounds. I am considered by many the go-to fix it guy and handyman that can solve a lot of problems. I help keep the church running and operating smoothly. During time away from the church, you can find me hunting and fishing.

  • JUAN PEREZ

    Custodian

    I am the part time custodian and am the behind the scenes guy that keeps the church clean. I also do the set-ups for the various events that are held here at FCC. My duties also include security for the church. My passion in serving here includes teaching Sunday School and my behind the scene duties. When I am away from FCC, I enjoy fishing, going out to see a movie and also taking walks/hikes in nature’s beauty.

  • GORDY SWANSON

    Security and Lock Up

    I have been providing night lock-up and security at church since 2009. In my spare time I like to read, teach my wife how to consistently lose at cards, and enjoy traveling.

  • DAN MAKOSKY

    Security and Lock Up

    I have been providing night lock-up and security at church since 2009. I also serve on the IT Committee and as a youth mentor.