Our Staff

Covenant Presbyterian Church is a volunteer oriented church.  Like the early church, we are led by our elders who pray and lead us in the ministry of the Word.  We are energized by the hands of our deacons who sympathize and serve those in the church.  We are also deeply thankful to our trustees who remind us of the property the Lord has given us by caring for it. 


The Barn also has a faithful staff who lead us in ministering well, on Sundays, and throughout the week.

Lead Pastor - Matt Blazer

Matt's first day at Covenant Presbyterian Church was January 15, 2014.  He, Rachel, Caroline and Julia continue to acclimate to and enjoy New England.  Matt is the Lead Pastor here after serving twelve years with Riverside Church in Saint Louis. 

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Pastor to Youth and Families - Dan Kerwin

At our junior and senior high school meetings, "We encourage young people to ask questions, explore their faith, and make it their own rather than simply a family tradition.  We strive to make youth groups relevant to their lives, engaging, and fun." Dan Kerwin has been the Youth and Family Pastor at the Barn for six years.

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Children's Ministry Director - Hannah Lawton

Hannah Lawton came to us, after years of volunteering, and cast a vision for a welcoming, safe, loving-as-Christ-loved, children's ministry.  She, David, and their children have been members of the Barn for three years. 

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Executive Administrator - Stew Blomquist

Dr. Stew Blomquist has served Covenant Presbyterian Church for over 40 years as a friend, elder, and leadership-facilitator.  In his role as Executive Administrator, he makes sure we are leading well - by holding up our policies, staff procedures, and committees to the generous might of the Gospel of Jesus. Leadercast Central Connecticut and Leadership Matters are some of his projects to help make us all better leaders.  

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Administrator - Rick Schoenhardt

Simply put, there is no Covenant Presbyterian Church without the faithful efforts of Rick and Lynne Schoenhardt.  So, we continue to enlist Rick's wisdom, passion for the Gospel, and winsome leadership as an administrator. 

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Property Manager - Santiago Velasquez

Covenant Presbyterian Church is blessed with over thirty acres, and more than a half dozen structures. Santiago Velasquez brings his many talents to oversee the day to day maintenance and repairs here at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  His passion for humble service in the cause of Christ adapts to every crisis, from broken pews to frozen water pipes, from outdated furnaces to beautiful gardens.  

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Office Administrator - Lyda Scudder

Lyda Scudder is the Office Administrator at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  This means she is our communications director, piano-waterer, and writer of paychecks.  Lyda's passion is that men and women learn of the joyful freedom of the Gospel of Jesus. 

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