CHICAGO, IL (December 31, 2009) – A number of individuals joined the Evangelical Covenant Church staff during 2009.
The following brief biographical sketches are intended to help acquaint the larger Covenant family with these new staff members and the roles they play on behalf of our shared mission.
Daniel Booker – from Rockford, Illinois. Dan joined the Department of Communication in June, serving as an assistant in Covenant Bookstore. He attended North Park Theological Seminary prior to joining Covenant Communications. One of his vivid memories is being partially on fire after his car exploded. He and his wife, Annie, have been married four years.
Amy Daigle – from Londonderry, New Hampshire. Amy joined the Department of Church Growth and Evangelism in May, serving as coordinator for congregational vitality. She also provides administrative support for the Covenant Commission on Town and Country Ministries. Amy previously worked for Covenant Trust Company. In fourth grade, Amy started an after-school club for horse enthusiasts called “The Horsing around Club.” Thankfully, she says, her friend Suzie helped her because she knew nothing about horses. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married three years.
Ben Eash – from Owego, New York. Ben joined the Department of Communication in May, serving as director of Interactive Services and webmaster responsible for the ECC website. Previously, Ben served as director of creative/innovative solutions and resources for Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI) in Los Angeles, California. His family traveled to churches and sang gospel music when he was growing up, recording two albums. Ben is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Buffalo Bills, and the New York Yankees. He and his wife, Carey, have been married eight years and have two children, Madi (Madison), four, and Luke, three.
Rachel Einfeldt – born and raised in Congo, she spent three years in Cameroon during high school. Rachel joined National Covenant Properties in November as an investment coordinator. Prior to joining Covenant Offices, she served as a manager and account analyst for AGT Tax and Insurance Services in Skokie, Illinois. She and her husband, Ryan, have been married two and a half years.
Liz Finch – a native of Texas, she joined National Covenant Properties in March as part of a project to convert files from paper to digital format. Liz now serves as administrative assistant in the department. Previously she worked for the Chicago Symphony. She is an avid bike rider, loves to paint (water colors are her main medium), is a certified scuba diver (but hasn’t been diving in seven years), and loves Google maps, especially “street view.”
Ann-Marie Frisk – a native of Chicago. Ann-Marie joined National Covenant Properties in October, serving as administrative assistant for real estate services. A few years earlier, Ann-Marie worked at the Covenant Offices reception desk and then in the Department of Communication. Prior to rejoining the Covenant Offices staff, Ann-Marie worked in the editorial field as well as five years in the Alumni Office at North Park University. When Ann-Marie was in grade school, she did voiceovers for Golden Books videos. She and her husband, David, have been married two years.
Joe Geary – originally from St. Joseph, Michigan, and now residing in Northwest Indiana. Joe joined Covenant Offices in October, serving as director of information technology. Prior to working at Covenant Offices, Joe was part owner in a firm that designed competitive intelligence solutions for the hospitality industry. He has worked in information technology for 25 years in areas of manufacturing, insurance, energy trading, utilities, and hospitality. “It is an exciting opportunity for me to be able to transform my day job into serving my king, Lord and Savior,” he says. He and his wife, April, have four children: Mackenna, 17; Megan, 14; Joey, three, and Mikey, one.
David Husby – he and his wife, Ronna, served as Asia regional coordinators for the Department of World Mission prior to his acceptance of a call as director of Covenant World Relief and relocation to Chicago in May. Ronna is continuing in the role as Asia regional coordinator. The couple served as Covenant missionaries for more than 20 years. Married 27 years, they have three daughters: Kristina, 24; Jennifer, 22; and Erika, 18.
Karen Kelly – originally from Mexico City, Mexico, the daughter of Covenant Missionaries Tom and Janice Kelly. Karen joined the Department of Ordered Ministry in September as a clerical assistant. She is a sophomore at North Park University and is currently learning how to speak Arabic.
Kevin Kempe – born in Chicago, but raised in Cary, North Carolina. Kevin joined the Department of Communication in March as manager of the online Covenant Bookstore. Previously, he spent four years working at Portage Lake Bible Camp, three years working at Faith Covenant Church, and attended North Park Theological Seminary. Kevin says he was very proud of his hair a few years ago when he had dreadlocks, but he sold them in an auction for more than $2,000 to help bring his youth group to CHIC in 2006 – the story made the front page of his small town newspaper. Kevin and his wife, Christina, have been married nearly two years and welcomed their first child, Adelaide, this past September. Christina works in the office of Bethany Benefit.
Carmen Bensink Lewis – originally from Salem, Oregon, before moving to Chicago. Carmen joined the Department of Church Growth and Evangelism in January, serving as assistant to church planting where she organizes and hosts the Church Planter Assessment Center and the Church Planters Training Centers. Carmen says she loves adventure and travel – one of her favorite countries is Colombia. She and her husband, Scott, have been married two years. Scott is completing training at North Park Theological Seminary.
Kerry Staurseth – originally from the state of Washington and having lived in several states over the years, as well as Canada and Africa. Kerry joined the executive vice president’s office in June, serving as stewardship and strategic giving coordinator. In that role, she assists with development strategies, helps develop stewardship resources for use in local churches, and works with the Christian Action Commission on in developing appropriate draft resolutions. She and her husband, Philip, have been married 19 years and have three children: Colleen, 18; Caleb, 15; and Erin, 13. (Photo not available.)
Peter Sung – formerly of Bayside, New York. This summer, Peter joined the Department of Church Growth and Evangelism as director of church planting and relocated to Chicago. Previously, Peter served as associate superintendent of the East Coast Conference, also serving as director of church planting and revitalization. He helped plant six churches over a 12-year period. He and his wife, Susie, have been married 13 years and have four children: Emelyn, 7; Madelyn, 5; Sophia, 3; and Amelia, 5 months.