LEADERSHIP

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REV. KELLI BEARD, PASTOR

Pastor Kelli has served at Holy Covenant since 2015 and has been in full-time ministry since 2008. She brings experience from a variety of other ministry contexts—a rural church, campus ministry, and larger suburban churches. Prior to ministry, she worked in financial services and then moved on to faith-based community/union organizing on the south side of Chicago.

She was raised Roman Catholic and after recognizing a call to ordained leadership in the Church, she became a United Methodist in 2005. Pastor Kelli was drawn to the United Methodist Church’s rich history of social justice and prophetic witness, alongside its balance with personal holiness and the inclusive, transformative grace of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Kelli loves to bake, workout, the Blues, and drag queens. She also loves her partner, their dog Scooter, and all things summer related in this amazing city of Chicago.

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ANDREW COLLINS, MUSIC DIRECTOR

A life-long Chicagoan, Andrew was born three blocks away from Holy Covenant, and as a child even attended Sunday school here. He has been the music minister since 1997 and served as ensemble leader for Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston from 2004-2015. Through his leading, singing and playing, Andrew helps the congregation and choir praise God through music. When not at the church, Andrew works as a professional musician playing parties and events.

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Kristen Willoughby, COMMUNICATIONS & OFFICE MANAGER

As a creative problem-solver, joyful collaborator, and prolific knitter and crocheter, Kristen Willoughby considers herself an untangler of knots and tier of loose ends both personally and professionally. Most recently, Kristen was the lead project and relationship manager at the Working Mother Research Institute, overseeing five national surveys targeting Fortune 500 employers, including Working Mother 100 Best Companies, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) Top Companies, and Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Assessment Tool, among others. Kristen is devoted to matters of social justice and loves crafts of all types, music, plants, and all the weird things that little kids say. She lives in Ravenswood Manor with her partner, Doug, and daughter, Penny.

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DAVID ERICKSON, DIGNITY DINER COORDINATOR

David Erickson joined the Holy Covenant staff in June of 2017 as Program Director of the Dignity Diner. Born and raised in Chicago's Mayfair neighborhood, David is a long time Cubs and Blackhawks fan as well as a connoisseur of Chicago street foods. David began his social services career at Lakeview Shelter as an overnight supervisor. From there he created the position of Social Services Coordinator at Inspiration Cafe and most recently held the Program Directors position at Franciscan Outreach. David brings almost 20 years of experience working the poor and homeless to the Dignity Diner. "I enjoy working with the church staff as well as the volunteers to provide great meals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect for all of our guests.”