David loves being one of the pastors at Community Covenant Church. He is humbled by the opportunity to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus, so they can make a difference in people’s lives. He is grateful he can be part of leading a group of very gifted staff people and church leaders to inspire our church family to live the vision God has given for ministry in the community, region, and beyond. He is excited about the future of COMMUNITY, and the ministry God is calling the church family to.
David grew up in both Boston, MA, and Maine. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he and his wife, Venessa, were married, and he was called into pastoral ministry. He joined the staff at Community Covenant Church in August 2019. David and Venessa have two children who are married, a grandson, and a second grandchild on the way. Along with spending time with family and getting to know other people, he enjoys sports, running, hunting, jet-skiing, body surfing in the ocean when he can get there, and cooking. Oh, and he loves BBQ, cheesecake, and a good piece of pie!
If you see David at church or around town, please introduce yourself. He’d love to meet you!
Tom enjoys helping “ordinary” people to engage in the extraordinary Mission of God. For him, there’s nothing better than seeing someone embrace their identity as God’s magnificent creation and give themselves to a life blessing others.
Tom has served in churches in various ministry contexts including urban Chicago, rural New Hampshire, small town West Michigan and now suburban Kansas City.
Tom is joined on this adventure by his wife Amy and their sons Jacob and Ezekiel.
Jessica has been serving at Community for the past five years. She attended Nazarene Theological Seminary where she earned two masters: M. Div. and the M.A.C.E (Masters of Christian Education). She became and ordained elder in the church of the Nazarene in 2010 while serving in North Arkansas.
At Community, she serves in a variety of roles but has a strong emphasis in evangelism and discipleship. In her spare time she is a freelance writer and consultant for various Christian publishing companies. Jessica and her husband Steve have been married for over 14 years. They have three wonderful children: Grace, Faith, and Christian.
Worship Arts Director
Jason is humbled and honored to help people discover the love of Jesus through the beauty and mystery of music and other art forms. Jason loves serving all age groups but devotes a great deal of time to co-pastoring The Loving Kind (COMMUNITY’s Young Adult Group). Jason loves storytelling and writing children’s books. He’s also a lover of sports. But there are few things Jason loves more than hanging out with his beautiful wife Jillian and their sweet boys, Isaiah and Shepherd.
Director of Student Ministries
If you ask Lexi to sum up her philosophy on life and ministry, she will likely quote Micah 6:8: “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly before God.” … Or you might get her favorite cliffnotes version: Love God, Love People, Do Stuff. Either way, Lexi’s passion for God and love for the Church has taken her on many adventures. These days, you are most likely to catch her hanging out with students as our Student Ministries Director, co-leading The Loving Kind (our young adult ministry), planning her next mission trip (probably to Haiti, where God has called her to dive deeper into missions) or dreaming up new ways to share Christ’s love with the Community Engagement Team. In her spare time, Lexi is a freelance writer and a Children’s Ministry consultant. When she isn’t helping her three kids – Aiden, Felicity and Nora – with homework, Lexi is doing her own assignments, working toward an M.Div.
Angie, her husband David and their four grown boys have attended COMMUNITY since January 2015. Her love for the church and its people has her desiring everyone who walks into COMMUNITY to feel loved. One of her passions is serving alongside all the great volunteers here at COMMUNITY.
Praise music, time spent with family and friends, plant-based foods, and salted caramel dark chocolate keep her well-balanced and smiling.
Angie looks forward to meeting you!
Dara Russell has been a member of Community Covenant Church since 1996. In 2002, after being a stay at home mom for twenty years, she joined the staff at COMMUNITY as an administrative assistant for the Adult and Children’s Departments. At present she is the Administrative Assistant to Pastor Jessica Springer and Adult Ministries. Favorite verse of Scripture is Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
Staci has been working for COMMUNITY since 2016. Always cheerful, Staci uses her attitude to greet anyone who walks into the COMMUNITY office with a laugh and a smile. Currently she assists Pastor David and Jason with their ministries while also pursuing her passion for Missions by supporting that ministry as well.
A lover of unsweetened iced teas, dark chocolate, and the musical My Fair Lady, Staci enjoys life with her husband Rodney and their children, Megan (and husband Isaac), Matt and Kaitlyn.
Bob has been serving as Lay Pastor for Prayer Ministry. He’s Been leading a dedicated group that meets in our Prayer Room on Wednesday evenings to pray about all the prayer requests that have been received by our church throughout the week.
In his earlier years, Bob has served as the Kansas City Area’s Chairman of the Young Life Committee, Area Chairman of the Christian Service Brigade, and Camp Director of Pioneer Ministries. He did this while also working as a mechanical engineer, business owner, and manager.
Bob shares life with his delightful wife Carol. Together they enjoy a dozen grandchildren.