Those Who Led Us

Those Who Led Us

Those Who Led Us

Rev. Clinton Cherry (pictured, 1928-1932) was the first fully ordained minister to serve Covenant. Through its 100-year history, Covenant has had 17 senior pastors, 30 associate pastors, and 9 assistants who helped with visitation and ministries to families, youth and children.  See the complete list below.



Ministers of Covenant United Methodist Church of Springfield

Bold = Senior Pastors

Harry P. Gentry1922 – 1928
Herbert R. Howells1928
Clinton M. Cherry1928 – 1932
John N. Althouse1932 – 1937
Herbert A. McKain1937 – 1941
John A. McElroy1941 – 1947
Harry Barnes1947 – 1953
Edward G. Hunter1951 – 1952
John G. Shoemaker1952 – 1953
Wallace F. Stettler1953 – 1967
Lawrence J. Seyler1953 – 1955
John D. O'Neill1955 – 1958
Richard W. Hess1958 – 1959
Richard B. Wells1959 – 1961
Robert H. Wright1959 – 1964
Richard L. Cookson1963 – 1966
John S. Reese1964 – 1965
Walter A. Swank1965 – 1966
Kenneth Fansler1965 – 1972
Leo C. Farley1966 – 1969
Robert E. Norman1966 – 1970
Harvey W. Marsland1967 – 1971
Richard A. Vance1970 – 1972
W. Edgar Cathers, Jr.1971 – 1974
William H. Garrett1972 – 1977
C. Michael Roney1972 – 1977
Dale E. Owens1974 – 1979
Merrill A. Hassinger1977 – 1980
Susan W. Hassinger1977 – 1980
Bruce C. Hazelwood1979 – 1988
Stephen M. Heilakka1980 – 1983
Patricia A. Woolever1983 – 1989
Robert A. Mongold1988 – 2004
Richard A. Sutton1989 – 1991
Oscar R. Allen1991 – 1995
John D. Rich, Jr.1995 – 1998
Maridel A. Whitmore1998 – 2001
Janet L. Brown2001 – 2003
Christine A. Croxall2003 – 2004
Sharon L. Vandegrift2004 – 2009
Wendy Hudson-Jacoby2004 – 2006
Amy Emmett-Rardin2007 – 2010
R. Mark Young2009 – 2012
James D. Anderman2012 – 2019
Kevin M. Rutledge2016 –
Janet K. Hess2018 – 2019
Mark Terry2019 –


Part-time Assistant Pastors

Charles Yrigoyen (Minister of Visitation)1980 – 1984
Benjamin O. Gould (Minister of Visitation)1984 – 1986
Charlotte DeGregoris (Church Visitor)1987 – 1988
Oscar R. Allen (Minister of Visitation)1988 – 1991
Robert E. Ziegler (Minister of Visitation)1995 – 2000
Dale E. Owens (Visitation Pastor)2000 – 2005
Lawrence R. Bergstresser (Pastor of Visitation)2006 – 2012
Rob Mannix (Dir. of Children & Family Ministries)2010 – 2016




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