Rev. Dr. Tim Janiszewski
Tim began ministry at Covenant as Senior Pastor on January 30, 2017. He is married to Juli and together the Janiszewski family includes son Jon (wife Erica), daughter Christy, son Jeff (wife Brittany), and son Rob. Tim previously served as Pastor at churches in North Carolina, Illinois, and most recently Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He additionally served on the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, teaching courses in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Tim is a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but he is also happy to root for the Cornhusker football team and the Creighton Blue Jays men’s basketball team. Tim enjoys jogging, playing mediocre golf, biking, reading, listening to Christian music, and going on walks with Juli and their Bernese Mountain Dog Mollie. Tim’s life verse from the Bible is Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Education: Wake Forest University, B.A., 1976; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M. Div., 1986; Calvin Theological Seminary, Th. M., 1988; and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Ph. D., 2002.
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Rev. Dr. Kevin McDonald
Kevin began his service at Covenant as the Associate Pastor on January 1, 1996. He is married to his wife Jan and together the McDonald family now includes son Jeffrey (wife Krista), granddaughters Katharine and Meredith, grandson Parker; son John, son Jimmy. Kevin served in college coaching and teaching prior to his call to the pastoral ministry in 1989. He coached with legendary Fellowship of Christian Athletes Head Baseball Coach Jerry Kindall at the University of Arizona when the Wildcats won the NCAA Division I National Baseball Championship at the 1976 College World Series in Omaha. Kevin is now an enthusiastic University of Nebraska Husker sports fan. He and Jan enjoy movies, lakes, and daily walks together. One of their favorite Bible verses is . . . “Therefore, remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in the Lord is never in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Buena Vista University, B.A. ‘73; University of Arizona, M.A. ‘76; University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, M.Div. ‘ 91; Jerusalem University College 2000, Certificate; Bethel Theological Seminary D.Min. 2001.
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Pastor Dan Gruber
Director of Children's Ministry
Dan Gruber grew up in a Catholic home in Omaha with eight siblings. He came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at an early age. Dan worked 24 years in the grocery wholesale business before answering God’s call to become a pastor. Dan entered a ministerial training program and was ordained in 1996. In July of 2003 he became Director of Children Ministries at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Dan is a ventriloquist and has led workshops at regional puppet festivals held in Omaha. When the Luis Palau Festival came to Omaha for two days in 2007, Dan served as the Children’s Area co-chairman. Over 105,000 people came to the festival. Dan started a children’s choir when he arrived at Covenant. Dan and his wife Stephanie were married in 1977. They adopted two babies from South Korea and are now they are grandparents. His life mission is to “know Christ and to make Him known” to children and families. Dan follows Paul the Apostle’s directions to train up the next generation according to 2 Timothy 2:2. Dan joined Covenant in July of 2003.
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Pastor Anton Reginald
Director of Youth Ministry
Anton grew up in the Caribbean where—at the age of eleven— he placed his faith in Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. He was an active teen in his local church, and sometime later, journeyed across the Atlantic to Chicago—to study at the Moody Bible Institute. He has had the privilege of serving Christ over the past decade as a youth minister in Illinois, New Hampshire and Iowa. As the youth director at Covenant, he is really excited to work with families to serve our church and Christ! It was during his final semester in college that he met his future wife, Robin. They have been blessed with four wonderful children: Shirley, Grace, Adam, and Andy. Anton enjoys spending time with his family and looks forward to exploring the beauty and attractions that Omaha offers. He enjoys movies, a few TV shows, sports, traveling and vacations. He also likes to read good books, and play or listen to music. “Christ came so that we might have life, and life to the full” (John 10:10). Anton joined Covenant in April of 2013.
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Director of Congregational Care
Cindy was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa where she learned the importance of faith and church family, the value of hard work, and the Golden Rule. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology and became Assistant Manager in Hospital Quality Management. Shortly after her husband was diagnosed with cancer, she experienced bereavement first hand through his tragic death after 24 years of being together. God led Cindy to a new career path where she could do His work and where her spiritual foundation became even more grounded. She returned to school to obtain a Masters in Social Work and a Masters of Arts in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Her faith played an important role in the decision to become a social worker. Exercising Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love strengthens her as a social worker. Cindy is a licensed Mental Health Therapist in the state of Nebraska and believes the Bible is an excellent resource for her profession, such as teaching a man to fish versus giving him a fish. Social work is not enabling but helping a person learn how to help themselves. One of Cindy’s favorite scripture is: "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." (Psalm 56:8). Cindy joined Covenant in February of 2008.
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Director of Music Ministries
Karen was raised in a musical family, learning how to share time and talents with the Lord in worship. She received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education at Kearney State College in 1982, followed by a Master¹s degree in School Counseling from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1990. Karen’s call to serve at Covenant Presbyterian Church came in 1997 as the church organist and she currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries. It is a joy to serve the Lord with the many wonderful music volunteers at Covenant through the Chancel Choir ministry, and special music vocal and instrumental solos and groups. People of all ages and all generations are welcome to participate in the music ministries. It is our mission “To Know Christ and Make Him Known” through our offerings of music. This beautiful Psalm 104:33 describes Karen’s feelings about her music ministry. “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.” Karen joined Covenant in August of 1997.
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