Meet the Team

Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church is blessed with a wonderful leadership team.

Richard Mortimer

Richard Mortimer


Richard was born in Iowa, raised in California, and went to seminary in Kentucky. He served churches in Kansas City, Missouri and in Blue Earth, Minnesota. Richard has lived in Tecumseh for 27 years, which makes it the longest time he's ever lived in any one place. He wouldn't have it any other way, because this has been where God wants him to be.

His wife, Lori, was born in California. They have traveled this joyful road together, since they were married in 1978. They have two sons; one born in Kansas, the other, Minnesota. Both of their granddaughters were born in Lenawee County. Home is where the heart is. This is home.

Chris Nevins

Chris Nevins

Director of Youth & Family Ministries

Chris Nevins is the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Covenant Church and loves helping others find their "voice" in the body of Christ. He has spent over a decade empowering and equipping people of all ages and walks of life discover their purpose and identity in the adopted family of Christ. In August, 2008, Chris received God's call to explore a deeper life in ministry. After walking through the many doors presented to him by God, Chris earned a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry (worship emphasis) from Spring Arbor University in 2014.

Chris' role at "The Cove" makes up half of his vocational duties as he also works part-time doing remodeling and home maintenance work. Chris is a licensed builder and has been doing business since 2003. Chris and his wife Kelly have been raising their four children (Brynn-18, Brett-17, Reese-15, Trinity-13) and calling Tecumseh their home since joining the community in 2000.

Chris anticipates a great season of harvest for Covenant Church and our great city of Tecumseh. With many "seeds" to plant and nurture, Chris and the team look forward to moving past the incessant trends and fads of contemporary student ministry. Instead, moving toward a type of "Jesus culture" in order to develop a sustainable, intentional, and distinguished ministry. Hallmarks of Chris' ministry style are Discipleship, Spirituality, and Christian Living, following the model so perfectly demonstrated by Christ.

Ben Nicols

Ben Nicols

Worship Arts

Ben is a multi-discipline artist/musician originally from Brooklyn. In 2005 he was called to serve Covenant Church by God's direct guidance. He still finds himself amazed at God's providence; considering it a privilege to be employed in a position that seems tailor made for his gifting.

His family consists of beloved wife Emily and children Noah, Christian, Aaron and Adeline.

Michelle Brady

Michelle Brady

Office Manager

Elders of the Church

Brian Bertram

Jim Brink

Lorie Easton

Walt Fischoff

Linda Knape

Eric Korte

Steve Olds

Debra Phillips

Joe Schim