Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors is populated with committed professionals, charged with stewarding the agency’s mission, services, and resources through participation in regular meetings and service on various committees.


  • Chris Pickett, Chair
  • Steve Burger, Vice Chair
  • Ron Gustafson, Treasurer
  • Bonnie Pihl, Secretary

Board members:

  • Paul Bengtson, retired pastor
  • Derek Boggs, pastor, Evangelical Covenant Church of Princeton
  • Steven Burger, director of children’s ministries, Evangelical Covenant Church
  • David Dwight, president, Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
  • Jorge L. Escarpita, pastor, Cross Fellowship Covenant Church
  • Ron Gustafson, president, R. Gustafson Engineering and Consulting Assoc. Inc.
  • Jerome Nelson, superintendent, Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Chris Pickett, pastor, LCPC Midwest Ministry Development Services
  • Bonnie Pihl, member, Faith Covenant Church
  • Wiley Samuels, executive director, Development Career & Community
  • Harold Spooner, president, Covenant Initiatives for Care & Covenant Children’s Ministries
  • Joy K. Vee, member, Bethesda Covenant Church Retired
  • Deborah Vetter, member, Evangelical Covenant Church of Princeton
  • Michael K. Washington, pastor, CPE resident
  • Cecilia Williams, director of compassion, mercy, and justice initiatives, Evangelical Covenant Church


  • Ron Dixon, administrator
  • Marianne Owens, scheduler, Princeton campus
  • Shirley Peterson, friendship calling
  • Carolyn Schafer, office manager
  • Tad Smith, campus manager
  • Dr. C. John Weborg, campus chaplain
  • Gil Williamson, campus manager (retired)

For information about the Covenant Children’s Ministry board of directors, please contact Barbara Prendergast, director of communications, at (815) 875-2129 or by email to prender[at]insightbb.com