Rev. Darren Alexander
Incoming Senior Pastor
Rev. Darren Alexander has been appointed to serve as Covenant’s Lead Pastor beginning July 10, 2017. Originally from Wytheville in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Darren is a 1995 graduate of James Madison University and completed seminary at Duke Divinity School in 2000.
An avid runner and sports fan, Darren enjoys listening to music, keeping up with his dog, Captain and spending time with his wife, Ellen. Ellen and Darren have been married since 2015. Ellen is a part of the MullenLowe Advertising Agency and works out of their Winston-Salem satellite office.
As a part of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, Darren has served churches in both Davidson and Davie Counties, participated in the Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership and most recently, in the Western North Carolina Multiplying Ministry program led by Brian Zehr. He also served as the chairperson for the Yadkin Valley District Vitality Team and is a member of the design team for SALT (Spiritual Academy for Leading Transformation), a program to empower United Methodist laity to go out and transform the Kingdom. The program, which started in the Yadkin Valley District, will expand this year to include the Uwharrie and Northeast Piedmont Districts this year.
Rev. Kirk LeJeune
Associate & Youth Pastor
Kirk is in his 13th year at Covenant. He graduated from LSU and taught 4th and 5th grade in Louisiana. He moved to North Carolina from Louisiana to attend seminary at Duke Divinity (which we guess makes him a Duke fan). He’s married to Anna, and they have 3 great sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. This year Kirk will have completed 26 years in youth ministry, and it’s what he really loves to do.
Because he understands our relationship with Christ as only being complete through a community of faith, the passage of scripture that has always meant so much to him is Philippians 1:3-6 which says “I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began good work in you will carry it on completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Kirk loves fishing and good food (especially seafood). He’s always intrigued by a good story and appreciates a well told joke.
Rev. Michelle Foster-Beckerleg
Pastor of Congregational Care & Adult Spiritual Formation
Rev. Michelle Foster-Beckerleg joined the pastoral staff of Covenant in July, 2009.
She is an energetic, spirit-filled, joyful child of God determined to share her passion for life, and her love for God with everyone she meets. Ordained as a Deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, Michelle has served churches throughout the southeastern United States for the past 18 years. Most recently, Michelle served in the Mississippi Conference Office of The United Methodist Church as the Conference Leader for Children and Family Ministries and Conference Coordinator of Safe Sanctuaries, a program designed to prevent and respond to child abuse in the local church.
Gifted in the areas of Christian education, worship leadership and church leadership ethics, Rev. Foster is a much sought after teacher and leader in local churches, districts and conferences. Her work in church leadership ethics and Safe Sanctuaries has also afforded her the opportunity to serve on numerous boards and agencies as well as serve as a consultant to a variety of other conferences and churches regarding ethics, leadership, child abuse and the virtual world.
Michelle is the proud mother of two sons, Michael and Pearson.