Rev. Sarah Sparks-Franklin
Sarah received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. During her time in seminary she gleaned experience in various aspects of leadership development and ministry, from pastoral internships to hospital chaplaincy. After graduation from Princeton she relocated to Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband Jonathan, so that he could pursue a PhD in Religious Studies at Indiana University and she could serve as the Director of Youth and Young Adults at First United Methodist Church. Sarah was ordained and installed as Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church on March 13, 2016. A week prior, March 6, she and Jonathan were blessed with their first child, a baby girl, Cora Violet.
Director of Ministries
Jono received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary, and it was during his time at United that he met Pastor Sarah. In 2013, Jono and Sarah both graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with their Master's of Divinity. Currently, Jono is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies at Indiana University. As Director of Ministries, Jono assists in coordinating worship, adult and youth ministries, and helping to provide new ways for people of all ages to connect with God and each other.
Joy joined the staff of Covenant in July of 2018. She earned her BA in English in 2003 from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY and applies it weekly as she produces the Sunday Worship Guide, publishes the monthly "Courier" newsletter, maintains the church's website and manages the general office duties of CPC. She and her husband, Mike, a Press Operator at Innomark Communications, have three daughters who range in the ages of 5-16. Joy and Mike enjoy growing their business, Handcrafted Herps and vending at Reptile Shows.
Kim joined our staff in 2009 as our Music Director. Her main responsibility at Covenant Church includes directing the Covenant Choir and Praise Band. Kim has a BA in Music Education from Western Kentucky University and a MA in Education Administration from the University of Dayton. Kim taught music in the Dayton Public Schools for 23 years before she started teaching Kindermusik and private piano lessons. She has 2 children. Jonathan is a nurse at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus and Sara is a student at Wright State University. Kim has a love of music and teaching and is honored to share that joy with the members of Covenant.
At the age of 9 Susan began to learn Organ. After studying for a few years the opportunity came to begin playing the 1890 Frank Roosevelt Pipe Organ that is now the Organ of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Throughout the rest of her youth Susan was committed to being on the Organ Bench each Sunday. Through the years she has traveled various paths in life from raising a family to being a nurse, but the Pipe Organ has always called her back.
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