PASTOR DAVID VALENTINE:
Pastor David is the founding pastor of Covenant Fellowship, which was formed by a group of godly men and women in May of 2008. He has been in the ministry for over 30 years. David graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991 and from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1986. Married since July of 1987, David and his wife Bronwyn have one daughter, Hannah, who is married and has an adorable son, Hudson.
David is currently a member of the Re-Entry Task Force for the State of Texas and ministers to the officers and staff of the James H. Byrd Unit and the O. B. Ellis Unit on a weekly basis. He also serves at the Care Center of Huntsville. He is a past member of the Associational Leadership Council for Union Baptist Association and a former Vice President for Texas Baptist Men in leading their Restorative Justice Committee.
PASTOR SCOTT WILLIAMS
Administration / College / Youth Pastor
Shannon and I were married in May 1992, and have 3 beautiful daughters, Kaitlin Elise, Karlee Elizabeth, and Klaire Elaine. Shannon is the Principal at Scott Johnson Elementary School for Huntsville I.S.D. Our oldest daughter Kaitlin is a graduate of Texas ATM University (WHOOP!!- Class of 2015) and completed her Masters in Counseling from Sam Houston State University in 2018, Karlee graduated from Texas ATM University (WHOOP!!-Class of 2017) and Klaire is currently a freshman at Sam Houston State University and in the process of transferring to Texas ATM University. The family also includes (4) Siberian Huskies, Maxx, Macie, Mollie, Duke and “Big Daddy’s” truck dog, Ellie…..a Dachshund, and a Mini Golden Doodle named Aggy. We love DOGS!!!
Scott graduated from Crockett High School in 1984, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Business Management from Texas ATM University in 1989, and completed his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2007.
PASTOR JERRY PHILLIPS
Missions Pastor/ Education
Married since 1981, Jerry and Judy have two grown children, Haley and Rachel. Haley is a graduate of Baylor University and Rachel is a graduate of Texas ATM University (WHOOP!!). Jerry and Judy enjoy spending time with their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
Jerry graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University. He also received a Master of Arts Degree in History from Sam Houston State University in 1993. He began is work in ministry in 2003 after a twenty-three-year career in law enforcement. Judy is currently a school counselor for Huntsville ISD. She is also proud graduate of SHSU.
As a small town West Texas girl, I never thought I would call East Texas home. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Genetics, in May of 2002. In August of 2002, I came to Sam Houston State University. In the process of obtaining my master degree, I fell in love and God called me into the ministry. During the third weekend in May, 2004, I graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science, got engaged and began working full time as a Children’s Minister. Brian and I were married in December of 2004 and now have two beautiful little girls, Lillian and Madeline. Blessed with the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, I began to serve at Covenant Fellowship part-time in September of 2012.
Ministry Assistant and Women’s Ministry Coordinator
Married to the love of my life and my best friend, Mike Carlson, since 1973, we have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. My family brings me much joy in life. I accepted Christ as a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas in 1972. God’s calling on my life is to encourage women in their daily walk with Christ. (Genesis 50:19-20, and Philippians 4:6-7) The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and I am blessed to see women find that joy and strength in their lives. What I like most about Covenant Fellowship – I feel at home there. I guess you could say it’s my home away from home (my eternal home in heaven).
PASTOR RUDY OWEN
Rudy and Kathy Owen were married in 1974. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren/great- grandchildren. Kathy is a retired high school teacher and leads a week-day women’s Bible study at Covenant. Rudy is a retired pastor and leads a Sunday morning adult Bible study at Covenant.
Though attending church all of his life, Rudy did not become a Christian until 1981. At that time, Rudy and his band were playing country music in a chain of family steakhouses. It was easy to continue working in the country music business; however, one year after his conversion, Rudy found himself back singing in the night clubs of Houston, TX. It took just two months for him to realize that night clubs were not in God’s plan for his life.
He then formed a trio, Rudy Owen and Friends, and was able to play their brand of country Christian music in church worship services, church concerts, street missions and outdoor camps and seminars.
Since 1987, Rudy has been pastoring churches in Texas as well as ministering through his music for various church events, street missions, the BGCT River Ministry, and other types of Christian gatherings and outreach efforts.
Pastor Scott McKinley
Scott (aka … Scotty) grew up in Houston and married his high school sweetheart, Traci, in 1986.
After graduating from Houston Baptist University in 1990 with a double major in Christianity and Management, Scott worked with EMI Christian Music and Houston’s Star of Hope Mission.
Traci and Scott move to Huntsville in 2014. Scott serves as the Assistant Director of Good Shepherd Mission. The Mission assists the elderly, disabled, homeless and working poor (and their families) in our community with food, clothing, shelter, Bible studies, counseling and other resources for life change. With Covenant Fellowship, Scott and other volunteers launched Celebrate Recovery at Good Shepherd and three area prison units. His work with ex-offenders and men participating in Celebrate Recovery Inside is focusing his attention to aftercare opportunities and needed community resources for successful reentry after incarceration. Scott is also involved with raising awareness and providing education for mental health recovery, as well as, starting peer support groups.
Scott embraces the mission of Jesus Christ as his mission and desires to live it out both with his words and his actions:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me
to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-19 (CSB)
Traci is the Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) at Care Center of Huntsville. On their time off Traci and Scott enjoy playing music, outdoor activities, boats of all sizes and bikes (with and without motors).