Ministry Excellence FundFinancial Leadership Coaches
Steve worked in the life insurance industry for 12 years, during which he received his CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designations from The American College. For the past five years he has served the Northwest Conference as a financial services representative with Covenant Trust Company.
Steve attends Lakeview Covenant Church in Duluth, Minnesota, where he currently serves on the finance and local outreach teams. He is the parent of two boys (ages 12 and 10), and he and his wife enjoy participating in outdoor sports and activities with their sons.
Fluent in Spanish
In 2007 Noemi started her career as a financial coach with a national nonprofit organization that provides financial coaching to homeowners across the country. Currently she is a quality control and compliance manager for an industry leader in financial counseling and coaching.
Noemi has a passion for women ministries and the Latino community. For the past six years she has served as the cultural chair of the Women Ministries of the Northwest Conference. She attends New Covenant Church, a Latino church plant serving the South Minneapolis community. In her free time she enjoys exploring Minnesota with her children, Ethan (14), Hannah (five), and Raquel (four).
Paris is a former math teacher and assistant for the Financial Leadership initiative. She currently serves as trust operations and investment assistant for Covenant Trust Company and is pursuing a certificate in finance at North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management. She is also a Financial Peace University facilitator. Her dream is to work with middle school through college aged students to teach financial literacy and help them understand money management and stewardship and their role in God’s mission.
Paris and her husband, Robert, have led worship and taught at Covenant camps. In her free time she likes to make things.
Tom serves as the financial services representative for Covenant Trust Company to the Southeast Conference, including Covenant Village of Florida. Tom is a volunteer with Crown Financial Ministries and has facilitated the Biblical Financial Study with several small groups. He enjoys assisting individuals, families, and churches with investment management, estate planning, trust services, and charitable giving. He serves as the treasurer for his church and works with church leaders to establish and monitor the budget.
He and his wife enjoy spending time with their three adult children. In his spare time he loves playing racquetball.
Lavern has 18 years’ experience in the practice of law, as well as extensive training and experience in financial counseling and consulting. While serving as a financial services representative for Covenant Trust Company, he obtained certification as a Certified Financial Planner™. As a consultant with Living Stones Associates from 2002 to 2006, he provided consulting in all areas of church life, including strategies for church growth and financial health. Lavern is an ordained Covenant minister, and he has a passion for the health and growth of pastors.
He enjoys writing and directing skits and dramatic presentations for Community Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lives with his wife, Karen. He also plays bass in the church’s praise team and serves as treasurer of the Covenant Ministerium.
Don served as editor and publisher of The Post-Journal in Jamestown, New York, for more than 20 years, where he managed significant budgets. While in Jamestown he also served as president of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. In 1997 he was called as the executive minister for the Department of Communication for the Evangelical Covenant Church, where he served until his retirement in 2013. During that time he also helped provide leadership for North Park Covenant Church in Chicago to develop a new trust structure. Don has a special appreciation for smaller congregations and the pastoral staff who lead them.
Don is a tennis player, lifelong boater, and more recently involved in RV travels. He also has a strong interest in World War II history and is involved in developing his extended family’s genealogy.
Ben earned a BS in 2005 from Kansas State University, graduating summa cum laude with a dual major in finance and accounting. He earned a JD in 2009 from the University of Nebraska College of Law, graduating with highest distinction. After law school, Ben joined the law firm of Rembolt Ludtke, LLP. He is now a partner with the firm, and his primary areas of practice include business transactions, real estate, estate planning, banking, bankruptcy, and tax.
He is married to Jodi Moore, a Covenant minister who currently serves as the rural ministry partner for Start and Strengthen Churches. Ben enjoys hiking and backpacking in Minnesota, woodworking, and spending time with Jodi and their two daughters.
Peter is a pastor who has served several Covenant congregations. While his primary passion is to serve the local church, he has always had interest in business and finance. Peter’s financial background is as a relationship banker at Royal Bank of Canada, as well as a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investment. Additionally, he has been a financial consultant and vice president for Charles Schwab Investment.
Peter has been married to his wife, Jenny, for 21 years. They have three children, Sofie (14), Jonah (12), and Elyssa (10). As a family, they like to play board games, go on hikes, and play music together.
Karen has always been a “numbers person,” and her career in systems engineering and computer systems sales enhanced her abilities in balancing financial cost and benefits. After that career, she went to law school and earned a degree as well as a real estate broker’s license. She opened her own law practice in estate planning and elder law to help people plan for their future and to navigate the complexities of long-term care for elder relatives.
Karen has a long Covenant history. She has a great grandfather who was a Covenant pastor and a daughter who is a Covenant pastor. Karen is a visual artist who loves photography, watercolor, and mixed media painting. She especially enjoys her four grandchildren, currently ages three, two, one, and three months.
Ann was named president of Covenant Trust Company in 2010. She is a Certified Financial Planner™, who has been vice president and trust officer for Wintrust Financial Corporation in Hinsdale Illinois, and served as a trust consultant in Roselle Park, New Jersey; trust officer in Summit, New Jersey; and in the trust and estate departments of Northern Trust Company in Chicago. Ann is a magna cum laude graduate of North Park University, earned a master’s of arts in liberal studies from Rutgers University, and completed her financial planning certification coursework at Northwestern University.
She resides in Hinsdale, Illinois, with her family and is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Hinsdale, serving in various music and volunteer activities.
Paul is the CFO for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He worked on Wall Street in investment banking for 17 years before joining the ECC. He has significant experience in investing, financial transaction structuring in real estate, stock, bond, and other investment markets. Paul is passionate about the intersection of faith and finance and the ways financial creativity can strengthen mission through social enterprise and other means.
Paul loves spending time with his family, music of all genres, and competitive sports.