Lead Pastor    Dr. John & Janice Pelonero   New Covenant Church was founded in 1985 under the leadership of Dr. John Pelonero. The Lord led him from West Islip, NY to Gastonia to begin a work where the life-changing presence of God changes and transforms a city.  His vision also includes the building of a Bible college, and planting churches locally, and abroad.   Pastor John graduated from Lee College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He obtained his Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Pastoral Studies in 1983 from School of Theology in Cleveland, Tn.  In 2010, he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership, Communication, and Administration from Louisiana Baptist University.     Pastor John and Janice Pelonero, serve together as the Senior Pastors of New Covenant Church. 

Lead Pastor

Dr. John & Janice Pelonero

New Covenant Church was founded in 1985 under the leadership of Dr. John Pelonero. The Lord led him from West Islip, NY to Gastonia to begin a work where the life-changing presence of God changes and transforms a city.  His vision also includes the building of a Bible college, and planting churches locally, and abroad. 

Pastor John graduated from Lee College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He obtained his Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Pastoral Studies in 1983 from School of Theology in Cleveland, Tn.  In 2010, he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership, Communication, and Administration from Louisiana Baptist University.   

Pastor John and Janice Pelonero, serve together as the Senior Pastors of New Covenant Church. 

  Christian Education Director    Pastor Mike & Christy Moss   Pastor Christy Moss serves as the Christian Education Director. She oversees K-12 and college and career. She is a graduate of Gaston College with an Associate's Degree in Paralegal, and has Children's Ministry training under Willie George Ministries.  Christy has a heart to reach the churched, and un-churched kids with the Gospel that points them to a lifelong commitment to Christ! Together, Christy and her husband, Mike, lead the children's ministry.

Christian Education Director

Pastor Mike & Christy Moss

Pastor Christy Moss serves as the Christian Education Director. She oversees K-12 and college and career. She is a graduate of Gaston College with an Associate's Degree in Paralegal, and has Children's Ministry training under Willie George Ministries.

Christy has a heart to reach the churched, and un-churched kids with the Gospel that points them to a lifelong commitment to Christ! Together, Christy and her husband, Mike, lead the children's ministry.

  Youth Pastor    Pastor Lee & Christy Turner   Pastor Lee Turner serves as the Youth Pastor.  Lee has been active in church his entire life and has held leadership roles in Men’s ministry, marriage ministry, being a board member and working with Royal Rangers prior to becoming a Youth Pastor. In 2006 he graduated from Belmont Abby College with a degree in Ed. Studies.  Lee and Christy serve the youth as examples of servant leaders. They instill that same enthusiasm of loving Jesus to our youth. Their hearts are to empower and equip generations of kids to carry the love of Jesus. 

Youth Pastor

Pastor Lee & Christy Turner

Pastor Lee Turner serves as the Youth Pastor.  Lee has been active in church his entire life and has held leadership roles in Men’s ministry, marriage ministry, being a board member and working with Royal Rangers prior to becoming a Youth Pastor. In 2006 he graduated from Belmont Abby College with a degree in Ed. Studies.

Lee and Christy serve the youth as examples of servant leaders. They instill that same enthusiasm of loving Jesus to our youth. Their hearts are to empower and equip generations of kids to carry the love of Jesus. 

  Worship & Young Families Pastor    Pastor Mark & Nichole Ryder   Pastor Mark Ryder serves as the Worship & Young Families Pastor. In 2008 he graduated from MSU with a Ministry Degree.   In 2010 God positioned Mark and Nichole to move to Scranton, Pennsylvania to help plant and establish City Lights Church as the Creative Arts Worship Director. Mark's desire is to lead people into the life-changing presence of God through a biblical example of worship and praise. Together Mark and Nichole lead the Young Families.

Worship & Young Families Pastor

Pastor Mark & Nichole Ryder

Pastor Mark Ryder serves as the Worship & Young Families Pastor. In 2008 he graduated from MSU with a Ministry Degree. 

In 2010 God positioned Mark and Nichole to move to Scranton, Pennsylvania to help plant and establish City Lights Church as the Creative Arts Worship Director. Mark's desire is to lead people into the life-changing presence of God through a biblical example of worship and praise. Together Mark and Nichole lead the Young Families.

  Preschool Coordinator    Natasha & Justin Simpson   Natasha Simpson serves as the Pre-School Coordinator. She graduated from Cleveland Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Natasha and Justin work together as a team to provide a safe, fun and loving environment for children to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Preschool Coordinator

Natasha & Justin Simpson

Natasha Simpson serves as the Pre-School Coordinator. She graduated from Cleveland Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Natasha and Justin work together as a team to provide a safe, fun and loving environment for children to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Our Board of Trustees

 

Randy Benefield                   

Chuck Clements

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Darrell Keller, Sr.

Rick Wall, Sr.