Pastoral Staff


Rev. Mark Terry, Senior Pastor

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Reverend Terry came to Covenant after completing 10 years as the pastor at Oxford UMC, in Southern Chester County. Prior to that he was the pastor at Bethel UMC (5 minutes from Camp Innabah), and before that he was pastor of Mount Carmel UMC in St. Peter's Village while attending Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is married to Jennifer, and they have 3 sons. 

If Mark needed to sum up his beliefs, it would be that we are called by Jesus Christ to achieve eternal life in this life —that is, to seek the oneness with God that Jesus demonstrated in his earthly ministry. When we can live as Jesus did before us (engaged in acts of justice, mercy, and love) we can experience the eternal presence of God. People can find these moments by accident, or the faithful can join in community to support and love one another, so that these moments happen more and more often for ourselves and for our neighbors. He hopes to see us all engaged in joyful worship and humble service, guided by the Holy Spirit.


Rev. Kevin M. Rutledge, Associate Pastor

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Kevin Rutledge joined the Covenant Staff in July 2016. After serving churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. He graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in psychology and religious studies and attended seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School where he earned his Mastes of Divinity degree. He and his wife, Rebecca were married in June 2005 and had two children Joshua(11) and Eliana(9).

Rev. Dr. Dale E. Owens, Pastor Emeritus


Rev. Dr. Dale E. Owens returned to Covenant Church after a long and distinguished career in the United Methodist Church.

His formal secondary education was received in the Upper Darby School District, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.  Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, conferred a BS degree in Education in 1958; Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois an M.Div. (Master of Divinity) degree in 1962; and Albright College in Reading, PA, a DD (Doctor of Divinity) degree in 1988.

He became a deacon in the Philadelphia Annual Conference of the former Methodist Church in 1959, an ordained elder and member of that conference in 1962.  He served the University City Parish (Calvary UM Church) in West Philadelphia, Langhorne UM Church in Bucks County, and Covenant UM Church in Springfield, Delaware County.  In 1979, Dr. Owens was appointed by Bishop James Ault as the conference treasurer/director of administrative services of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, a post which he held until his retirement on July 1, 2000. In this Extension Ministry he was very involved in all facets of ministry, which he enjoyed, as a local church pastor, namely, preaching, teaching, visiting, counseling, and administering (primarily finance and property).

In the years following ordination Dr. Owens served on numerous Boards and committees of the Annual Conference as well as being a member for eight years of the General Council on Finance and Administration.  On several occasions he represented Eastern Pennsylvania Conference as a delegate to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference; and in 1988, he was elected by his colleagues as a delegate to the General Conference.

Dr. Owens retired on July 1, 2000, from full time ministry.  He joined the staff of two United Methodist Churches soon thereafter at Elam on Smithbridge Road, Glen Mills, and Covenant.

Music Program


Sarah E. Batchelor, Director of Music, Organist

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Sarah Batchelor has been the music director of Covenant United Methodist Church since 1988. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, with a bachelor's degree in Church Music, and a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting and Organ. She also holds a bachelor's degree in religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sarah is a member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists and actively participates in local workshops and seminars.

Sarah is married to Covenant's Handbell Director, Kirk Schneider, and enjoys movies, reading, and spending time with her husband Kirk, their twins, and their beagle.


Kirk F. Schneider, Handbell Director


Kirk Schneider has been the Handbell Director at Covenant Church since 1991. He is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and actively participates in workshops and seminars.

He is employed full-time as a mechanical engineer for a local company that manufactures aircraft arresting equipment.

Kirk is married to Covenant's Director of Music, Sarah Batchelor, and enjoys all kinds of music, working with computers, watching movies, reading, and spending time with Sarah and their twins.

Office Staff


Robin K. Moore, Senior Administrative Assistant

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Covenant Nursery School


Dawn Hanrahan, Preschool Ministries Director

Contact: or 610-328-9085 during nursery school hours

Dawn Hanrahan became director of Covenant Nursery School in 2010 after over a decade working as one of our teachers.  Not only does she have a solid background in early childhood education, but she and her husband also have three children of their own who provide on-the-job experience in parenting.