The Church of the Covenant is blessed with committed staff dedicated to supporting the members of the Covenant community in ministry and mission. 

Full time pastors Amy Starr Redwine and Melanie Marsh Baum, Administrative Services Manager Willie Howard, and Custodian Willie Parker are joined by a team of part-time staff. 

You may contact staff at 216.421.0482 and dial the extension or by email. The front desk/general mailbox extension is 221. 

Click here to download a list of staff and program extensions. 

Covenant University and Community Ministries (CUCM) is Covenant's affiliated non-profit organization that provides a home for programs that reach out and engage both the university and Greater Cleveland community. Click here for to learn more and to access the CUCM programs. 

  • Ministry Staff

    Our Pastoral Staff includes the Reverend Amy Starr Redwine (Pastor and Head of Staff) and the Reverend Melanie Marsh Baum (Associate Pastor). 

    The Reverend Nancy Lynch is Parish Associate.

    Ms. Mindy Stewart is Director of Family Ministries and Mr. Kevin J. Lowry is Chaplain to Students.

  • The Reverend Amy Starr Redwine, Pastor and Head of Staff

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    Amy Starr Redwine joined the staff of the church in July 2014 and is thrilled to be a part of a community discerning how to follow Jesus in the 21st-century while surrounded by world-class educational, medical, and cultural institutions in University Circle. Amy's goal as a pastor is "to continually ask what we as a church have to offer the neighborhood and the world around us that none of those institutions can offer. I believe the answer to the question is God's love. But how we manifest that love as a community changes day to day -- as it should, since we follow God who is constantly doing a new thing in the world and in each of our lives."

    Prior to coming to Covenant at the Pastor and Head of Staff, Amy served two churches in Akron, Ohio, one as solo pastor and one as associate pastor of discipleship. She grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, and received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. While at Princeton, Amy met and married her classmate Derek Redwine, who is currently the Pastor and Head of Staff at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. Derek's first call was in Denver, and while there Amy pursued her love of literature by working as a freelance writer, writing two (unpublished) novels, and serving as a cashier at the Tattered Cover, Denver's beloved independent bookstore. For nearly ten years, she has written a bi-monthly column for Horizons magazine (the magazine of Presbyterian Women) called "Faithful Parenting." 

    When she's not working Amy loves to spend time with her family, cook, and read. She runs a few days a week while listening to podcasts (Presidential, Serial, Invisibilia, and Radiolab are a few favorites). Since 2013, she has served on the board of Urban Oak School in Cleveland Heights, a school that teaches according to the Waldorf philosophy. Derek and Amy have three children and as a family enjoy music, games, good food, and spending time together outside. 

  • The Reverend Melanie Marsh Baum, Associate Pastor

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    Melanie Marsh Baum joined the staff of Covenant as Associate Pastor in September, 2015. She was ordained in October, 2015, as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. 

    Melanie, a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, is a lifelong Presbyterian. She was born and raised in Central Florida and attended Ft. King Presbyterian Church from the age of two. From childhood, she was active in every ministry the church offered, and at seventeen she was ordained an elder. During her teenage years, she was active on the Presbyterian Youth and Council and the PC(USA) National Presbyterian Youth Ministry Council. Her summer activities included camp counselor and camp director for her presbytery's camp and conference center.

    After graduation from Florida State University with a BFA, Melanie spent the next five years as an artist and program director for a dance company in San Diego. While there, she developed dance and drama programs for at-risk teens and adults. Her extensive outreach in the community led her to the realization that she could do her best work in ministry.

    During her time in seminary, she served as an intern at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Old Bergen Reformed Presbyterian Church, Kingston United Methodist Church and Myers Park Presbyterian Church. She is married to Darrell Baum, and they live in Cleveland Heights with their two young daughters, Violet and Lena.

  • mindy stewart, director of family ministries

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    Mindy Stewart joined the staff of the Covenant in January 2012. She provides leadership for the PACT (Parents And Children Together) program which she developed for families with younger children to grow in community, enjoy family-friendly activities, and engage in mission. She also works with 4th through 7th graders and senior high youth, and provides a summer mission experience.

    Mindy grew up in Chardon, OH, with her parents and five siblings for the majority of her childhood before her family spent a year in Scotland. Mindy graduated from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. After six years working with Asbury Seminary, she went west to Colorado Springs, CO where she earned her Master's in Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 2009.

    Mindy is also a Licenced Professional Counselor (LPC) with Anchor Counseling Services in Mentor, Ohio, and thoroughly enjoys being an aunt to her 6 nephews and 2 nieces. Mindy lives in Bratenahl with her cat Gulley.

  • Kevin J. Lowry, chaplain to students

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    Kevin J. Lowry, Chaplain to Students and Director of Student-Community Ministries, began his work in April, 2016. He most recently worked in the office of the Dean of Students at The College of Wooster. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otterbein University and is a part-time student at the Methodist Theological School working toward a Masters of Divinity, with a youth and young adult specialty.

    Kevin, who grew up in Southern California, lives in Wooster with his wife, Alex, and daughter, Estella. He and his family have been active with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County where he has participated in youth ministries and with students from The College of Wooster. 

  • The Reverend Nancy Lynch

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    The Reverend Nancy Lynch, Parish Associate with Church of the Covenant, is Director of Spiritual Care for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital at UH Cleveland Medical Center. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and spiritual director who has served churches in Chicago, Cincinnati, and northern New Jersey. Nancy is the human mother of Julianna, 26, and Maya, 24, and the canine mother of Kayla, a golden retriever rescue she trained to become a therapy dog. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys yoga, reading, rollerblading, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • music staff

    Music staff include Dr. Jonathan Moyer, organist and Director of Music; Dr. Matthew Garrett, Associate Director of Music; Mr. George Leggiero, Carilloneur; Dr. Kaori Hongo, Director of Music for Children and Youth; and Dr. Jennifer Conner, Music Librarian. 

  • Dr. Jonathan W. Moyer, Organist and Director of Music

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    Jonathan William Moyer maintains a dynamic career as church musician, concert organist, and pedagogue. The Baltimore Sun described his playing as "ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting." He is music director and organist of the Church of the Covenant and is an assistant professor of organ at Oberlin College. He specializes in a vast repertoire from the renaissance to the 21st century, and has performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Japan, including such venues as Wellesley College, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), Washington National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester), Old West Church (Boston), St. Thomas Episcopal Church (NYC), Gloucester and Norwich Cathedrals (UK), the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall (Tokyo), and the Dvorak Spring Festival in Prague and Vienna. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, The Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, The Oberlin Symphony Orchestra, Apollo's Fire (Cleveland), Quire Cleveland, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and the Cantate Chamber Singers of Washington DC.

    Daniel Hathaway of Cleveland wrote of Moyer's dedication recital of the Church of the Covenant's Newberry organ: "Moyer skillfully chose registrations that showed the range of color the instrument can produce and suited them perfectly to the music at hand. . . His runs were thrilling and his sense of pace made the piece (Muffat's Toccata Quinta) sound suitably rhetorical. . . Bach's canonic setting Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot and the long setting of Komm, Heiliger Geist with the choral in the soprano were elegantly and flawlessly played. . . It's delightful to hear an organ recital where everything seems so right and the playing so much in the service of the instrument and the repertoire."

    In 2008, Moyer performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in four recitals at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD, celebrating the centenary of the composer's birth and the renovation of the cathedral's organ. The Baltimore Sun said of his second recital, "Moyer revealed the composer's musical genious as vividly as his spiritual richness, taking full advantage of the cathedral's Schantz organ. . .   Passages of rapt reflection were shaped with a keen sense of import."

    Dr. Moyer received the second prize in the Sixth International Musashino Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan in 2008, and in 2005 he was a finalist in the St. Albans International Organ Competition. He has served on the executive committees of the Cleveland and Baltimore chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He has adjudicated for the American Guild of Organists Quimby Young Artist Competition and the National Organ Playing Competition in  Fort Wayne, IN.

    At the Church of the Covenant, Dr. Moyer oversees a dynamic music program consisting of a mixed professional and amateur choir, children's, youth and handbell choirs, one of Cleveland's largest pipe organs (E.M. Skinner/Aeolian Kinner/Holtkamp), the New berry baroque organ (Richards Fowkes), and a 47-bell Eijsbouts Dutch carillon.

    Dr. Moyer holds an Artist Diploma in organ from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of James David Christie and Olivier Latry. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in organ from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore) as a student of Donald Sutherland and Gillian Weir, where he also completed a Master's degree in piano as a student of Ann Schein. While at Peabody he studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and served as graduate assistant choral conductor to Edward Polochick. He received a bachelor of music degree in piano from Bob Jones University  s a student of Laurence Morton. He has attended organ festivals throughout Europe and has coached with such organists as Susan Landale, Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, and Michael Radulescu. Dur Moyer resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, along with his wife, organist Dr. Kaori Hongo, and sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu.

  • Dr. Matthew L. Garrett, Associate Director of Music

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    Matthew Garrett has been making music with the Church of the Covenant since he moved to Cleveland in 2009, and joined the staff as Associate Director of Music in 2014. He works primarily with the adult choir, although the handbell choir allows him to ring every now and then. He previously held church positions with Presbyterian churches in Central and North Florida.

    Matthew is also Director of Choirs, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education, cum laude, and a PhD in Choral Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University. He earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Boston University. Prior to his work with CWRU, Matthew was a music educator in Central Florida and Southeast Massachusetts public schools at the middle and high school levels and he conducted the Handel and Haydn Children's Choruses in Boston for six years.

    Research interests include the development and utilization of critical thinking skills in music classrooms and LGBTQ issues in music education. He has published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and Choral Journey. Matthew is also featured as a contributing author in the upcoming Voices in Concert series for McGraw-Hill Education and Hal Leonard.

    Matthew is an active guest conductor and clinician and has worked with choruses in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio and has presented at state, national, and international conferences.

    Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Matthew lives in Cleveland Heights with his partner, Michael Peters, and their two black cats, Nick and Jedi.

  • George Leggiero, Carillonneur

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    George Leggiero has served as Carillonneur at The Church of the Covenant since 1973, providing carillon music before and after Sunday worship and other church services. His playing has also celebrated weddings and marked memorial services, and he offers Friday Lunchtime Carillon Recitals throughout the year. He celebrated his fortieth year as Covenant Carillonneur by attending the World Carillon Federation congress in Belgium in 2014 where he was able to experience historic bells and instruments as well as the new trends in the carillon art.

    George directed the Coveant handbell choirs for twenty-five years. He has also directed handbell choirs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights and The Cleveland Music School Settlement and has been a consultant for the handbell choirs at the Ratner School. He has served as faculty at the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Festivals, and served as the Guild's Ohio Chairperson. He has been Artist in Residence at Case Western Reserve University and recorderist with The Cleveland Baroque Soloists, and served as President and Music Director of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Recorder Society.

    Mr. Leggiero has degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Computer Engineering as well as Music History and Historic Performance. To support his musical habit, George is the Senior Applications Analyst for the University Libraries of Kent State University.

  • Dr. Kaori Hongo, Director of Music for Children and Youth

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    A native of Japan and the daughter of medical missionaries who continue to work for the church in Tokyo, Kaori Hongo traveled the world, even during childhood. As a California high school graduate she pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in church music at Westminster Choir College, with organ (Dr. Donald McDonald) and piano (Edna Bronstein Barton) as primary instruments. She received the Alexander McCurdy Award in her first year. After graduating, she returned to Japan to work in the Tokyo church and teah music at the church's elementary school. Kaori later studied for her Master of Music degree with Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory, and was awarded a full scholarship to study in France with Susan Landale. She earned second place in the final examination there, making her eligible to receive Reuil Malmaison Conservatore's certificate. Kaori went back to Japan to serve as choir director and professor of piano/organ at Sanniku College in Chiba and organist/handbell director for Tokyo's Seventh Day Adventist church. Again at Peabody, she pursued her doctorate with Professor Sutherland and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Kaori is Director of Music for Children and Youth at Church of the Covenant and music teacher for the Shaker Heights Cooperative Nursery School in Cleveland and lives in Shaker Heights with her husband, Jonathan Moyer, and two sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu.

  • Dr. Jennifer Conner, Music Librarian

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    Jenny Conner has been the Covenant music librarian since she first came to Cleveland in 1985. She is responsible for pulling and filing the music that the choir sings each week, and overseeing the general organization of the choral library.

    Besides participating in the music ministries at the church (she plays bells and sings in the choir; these groups have on occasion performed her compositions), Jenny has been most active in ministries for children. She was director of music for children and youth for 20 years. As a long-standing member (and one time chair) of the family ministries committee she has particular responsibility for the oversight of the Youth Sunday service year year. Jenny is an elder and has served several terms in the past as Clerk of Session. She was also on the Visioning Committee and on the Pastoral Search Committee that brought Jonyrma Singleton to the Covenant.

    Jenny came to Cleveland from California in 1985 to study composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Master, and then Doctorate, in 1992. She is an active composer and teaches both theory and composition to both young and old at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she developed and chairs the Suzuki theory program. She also teaches theory at the Baldwin Wallace conservatory.

  • Administration and operations

    Supporting Covenant administration and operations are Este Pozza, Manager of Finance and Communications; Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski, Communications Manager; Willie Howard, Administrative Services Manager; Mildred Russin, Volunteer Coordinator; Willie Parker, Custodian; Shannon James, Custodian; and Christina Cameron-Hollyfield, Creche Coordinator.

  • Estera (Este) pozza, Manager of Finance and Operations

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    Este joined the staff of Covenant as Manager of Finance and Operations in May, 2016. You can find her in the office every day Tuesdays through Fridays. In her position, Este is responsible for the financial, accounting, human resources, and record keeping activities for the Church.

    Este holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Cleveland State University. She brings broad accounting experience with public, corporate and the non-profit sector. Este was church treasurer in Willowick for sixteen years. She also prepares tax returns and keeps books for various clients, including another church.

    Este and her husband Larry live in Willoughby with their two little dogs. They have two grown sons.

  • AISHA NEWTON, communications manager

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    Aisha Newton joined Covenant's staff in 2018 as Communications Manager. She oversees areas including Covenant's website, Facebook, e-newsletters, Covenant News, advertising, and materials development.

    Ms. Newton, originally from Ohio, moved to North Carolina to study at North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in 2014, concentrating in public relations. Aisha earned her Master's degree from Full Sail University in 2016, concentrating in internet marketing. She was a Public Relations Intern with All In PR, INC. and worked as a Junior Publicist for Joy Cook PR Group, both in North Carolina.

    She recently moved back home to Cleveland, and loves to spend time with her son and dog. 

  • Willie Howard, Administrative Services manager

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    Willie Howard, Administrative Services Manager, began his work with Church of the Covenant in 2006. He supervises the maintenance of the building and grounds; oversees the office; coordinates the use of the building for services and special events; and supervises custodial, office, and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged volunteers. 

    Willie is a member of the Education for Ministry (EfM) class of 2011. He is a member of University Circle United Methodist Church where he is treasurer and serves on the Finance Committee. Willie enjoys spending time with his son and with the youth at his church. He is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and before working with Covenant, he was a program director  with InterAct Cleveland, supporting individuals and families in recovery and/or returning from incarceration. 

  • Mildred Russin, Volunteer coordinator

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    Mrs. Mildred Russin began her work with Covenant as a part-time Volunteer Coordinator in 2004 and in 2006 also became receptionist. In addition to greeting, answering phones, maintaining attendance records, preparing mailings, and other office work, she stays in close touch with our members who are home-bound or benefit from a friendly phone call.

    Mrs. Russin, a graduate of Barberton High School, was a secretary at Miles Elementary School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for 26 years. She joined Church of the Covenant in 1989 and became a Deacon in 1990. She was married with three daughters and enjoys any time she can spend with her 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A loyal Cleveland fan, you'll find her following the trials and tribulations of her Indians, Browns, and Cavs throughout the year.

  • Willie Parker, Custodian

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    Willie Parker has been involved with the Church of the Covenant since the Early Childhood Options childcare program, beginning in 1990. He joined Covenant's custodial staff in August 2005. He oversees the set-up for meetings, programs, and special events and services and generally oversees the building and grounds. 

    Willie is an avid bowler and bowls in the Christian In Action bowling league. He completed a mentor training program with InterAct Cleveland and has supported many individuals in directing their lives on a positive path. He is an active member of the Cleveland Church of Christ Citadel of Hope Ministries where he serves as an usher and cooks for the monthly community meal.

  • Shannon James, Custodian

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    Shannon James has worked on the custodial staff of the Church of the Covenant since 2013. However, he is no stranger to the Covenant. Shannon grew up in the youth programs of the church when his parents, Pat and Ron James, started attending in the early 1980's. He has volunteered in the kitchen when his father helped Willie Parker during many cooking events over the years.

    Shannon graduated from Chanel High School and was a member of the Art Honor Society. He also attended Cuyahoga Community College. As a youth, Shannon participated in the Near West Community Theater for several years. His favorite role was in West Side Story.

    Shannon worked in the food industry for many years. He was at the Appetite Cafe on Mayfield Road until it closed and soon after he started his employment at the Covenant.

    Shannon, the proud uncle of Asha and Laila James Stewart, enjoys seeing this third generation of Covenant participants. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and trying new foods at area restaurants. He feels blessed to be part of the Covenant.

  • Christina Cameron-Hollyfield, Crèche Coordinator

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    Christina Cameron-Hollyfield joined the Covenant staff as Creche Coordinator in January, 2017. Christina is a Cleveland native with a passion for dedicating her life to helping others. As a chld, she dreamed of becoming a teacher or a nurse. She earned her BS in Education from Cleveland State University in 2005 and taught in the Cleveland area for nearly a decade. In 2014, she began her journey toward a nursing career. She is currently pursuing her bachelor degree through the Accelerated BSN program at Cleveland State University. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse in the Cleveland area upon graduation.

    Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, and traveling. A fun fact about Christina is that she has visited every Disney Park on the planet, except for Shanghai, which she hopes to accomplish in this summer of 2017. She resides with her wife of seventeen years and their dog, Koda.