• You are the light of the world


Rev. Andy Newell

Senior Pastor | andy@growingnewlives.org 

Andy spent his childhood growing up outside of Louisville, KY where he came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a result of the proclamation of the gospel as recorded in John 15:5. He moved to Charleston, SC in the fall of 1989 to attend The Citadel. After graduating in 1993, Andy began his ministry as a summer youth intern in Sumter, SC. While in Sumter, Andy met his wife, Kim, whom he married in the fall of 1995. Andy and Kim attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC from 1997 – 2000. After graduating with his Masters of Divinity, Andy received a call to become the solo pastor of New Philadelphia PCA Church in Quincy, FL.

He and Kim spent seven years ministering in Quincy, where they were blessed with three children: Murray, Caleb, and Anna Grace. In June 2007, Andy received a call to become the Assistant Pastor to Families, Youth, and Children at Trinity PCA Church in Orangeburg, SC. During his ministry there, Andy felt the call to pursue Church Planting as a ministry opportunity. Following his and Kim’s completion of the Church Planter’s Assessment Center in Atlanta, GA, Andy was introduced to the ministry at Covenant Community Church. By the grace of God and in His providence, Andy was called to become the Senior Pastor of CCC in April of 2010. He was installed on May 16, 2010.

As an under-shepherd of Jesus Christ, Andy is privileged to join God in what He is doing in and through the ministry of CCC as God advances His kingdom through the transformational power of His gospel.

Matt Francis

Music Director | mfrancis@growingnewlives.org

Matt was born in Paterson, New Jersey but made "southern by the grace of God" at age one when his parents moved to Lexington. His family began worshipping at Lexington Presbyterian Church (LPC) when Matt was 6 years old. There, he came to know the Living God and became a communicant member of the church. Coming from a musical family, instruments and singing were always a part of Matt's life but he began to seriously study guitar at age 8. Eventually, he was privileged to be a part of the worship team at LPC. During that time, he participated in several re-tuned hymn recording projects as both a performer and composer.

Now a student at the University of South Carolina, Matt has served as the music leader for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) for two years and looks forward to continuing in that position. When Matt isn't playing music, his other interests include travel, kayaking, and a love of the culinary arts.

Frances Whitten

Administrative Assistant | fwhitten@growingnewlives.org 

Frances was born and lived in South Georgia during her childhood years. During a revival at Ty Ty Baptist Church when she was 9 years old she accepted Christ as her Savior.

She graduated from Sylvester High School and married Emmett B Whitten in 1960. They had 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. They moved to Perry Georgia in 1962. Frances joined Perry Presbyterian Church in Perry, GA in 1975. She helped with the Coffee House for youth; was active in the WIC Bible Study Group and the Hall Schenck SS class. All 3 children attended the youth activities and sang in the Children of the King group.

After her children were in school she worked as Teachers aide in an elementary school; Office manager at a farmers exchange supply chain; sales clerk in a hardware store; and 22 years in banking.

 Her husband died September 15, 2003 after a 6 year battle with cancer. In February of 2004 her mother Ruth Cox had a heart attack and had to move in with Frances. In May, 2005 Frances took early retirement to take care of her mother and moved to Salley, SC to be near her daughter and family. In April, 2007 Jim Harvey and Chuck Parker interviewed Frances for the part-time position of Secretary for Covenant Community Church. The Lord is good and she has been part of the CCC family ever since. “I love my work. It is very fulfilling to be a part of a body of believers who care so much for each other and the Lord’s work.

Ruling Elders

Andy Hall 

Jim Harvey | Emeritus

Robbie Jeffcoat

Tony Johnson | Sabbatical

Rod Mortenson | Clerk of Session

Wayne Lown 



Larry York 

Tom Conley

Henry Howard


Paul Johnson

The Global Outreach (GO) Team exists to support the church in taking the Gospel to Red Bank, to Lexington, to South Carolina, and to the rest of the world. Through events like the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, Operation Christmas Child , the Saxe Gotha Elementary School Easter Egg Hunt and teaching ESOL, the GO Team leads the church body in ministering to our community and beyond. The GO Team also works to equip and encourage individuals who feel led in a particular personal ministry. Regardless of the ministry opportunity, the Global Outreach Team has the focus of Gospel outreach through a servant leadership model.

Discipleship Team

Kim Newell - knewell07@gmail.com

The Discipleship Team at Covenant Community Church exists to promote spiritual growth in the lives of God’s people by providing opportunities for fellowship, Bible study, and corporate body prayer. Some of the activities we sponsor include Sunday School classes, a nursery ministry, small group Bible studies, quarterly men’s breakfasts, weekly youth groups, Wednesday night prayer suppers, children’s activities, Vacation Bible School, seminars, and retreats.

Worship Team

Wayne Lown - woodchuckwayne@gmail.com

The Worship Team exists to bring honor and glory to our triune God. It is our strong desire to encourage both members and visitors who join with us to exalt our Sovereign and our Savior. He alone is due our worship and obedience for all that He is and all that He has done on our behalf. Our team will strive to help our people grow in their worship of and relationship to our gracious Heavenly Father both individually and corporately.

Administration Team

Nancy Mortenson - namortenson@gmail.com

The Administrative Team exists to ensure that our Covenant Community Church policies and procedures are in compliance with laws and regulations and to enable Covenant Community Church to operate efficiently and effectively in every administrative area. The team, in partnership with the deaconate, also sees to the working function and upkeep of the physical church plant.

Card Ministry

Sara Lail - slail@windstream.net

As part of the Admin Team, the Card Ministry exists to keep in touch with our members, their families and those in our community. We view this as an outreach ministry of encouragement.


Janice Rowe

Ted Thames

Larry York