MEET FIRST COVENANT’S MINISTRY TEAM!
REV. ANNE VINING
651-774-0344 ext 216
I’ve lived and served on the East Side 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
651-774-0344 ext 218
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.
Minister of Communication
651-774-0344 ext. 233
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.
minister of youth and families
651-774-0344 ext. 215
I am a Kentuckian who has found a home in Minnesota. I have lived in the Twin Cities since 2017 and have worked in various roles before I came on staff as the Minister to Youth and Families in 2020. I love seeing young people live and grow into their identity as Beloved image-bearers. I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Pastoral Ministries from Campbellsville University and am currently pursuing another degree in Justice and Reconciliation from Luther Seminary. I have an amazing partner, Mariah, who is an elementary school teacher. We love walking our dog Millie, going on weekend getaway trips, and touring Minnesota state parks in our spare time.
Minister of Worship + Arts
651-774-0344 ext 217
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).
651-774-0344 ext 211
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.
651-774-0344 ext 210
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.
MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
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.
I came on board as the new bookkeeper in 2019, 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.