Our hope is God's work of salvation through Jesus Christ. We learn about this hope from teachings set forth in Scriptures.
Our church is led by elders, served by deacons, and in fellowship with our Presbytery.
We were founded in 1978, but our story goes back to the early days in Amsterdam, New York.
Pastor and Elders
Our pastor and elders are the men God calls to shepherd this church through a ministry of the Word and oversight. We are in the process of searching for and training up new elders to shepherd this congregation. In the meantime, we are blessed by the ministries of Pastor Peder Kling (since 2021), and Ruling Elder Kirk Humphrey.
Rev. Peder Kling
Covenant called Peder as their pastor in 2021. Peder and his wife, Anna, have three boys, and a baby girl—William (7), Nathan (5), Micah (3), and Caroline (1). They enjoy outdoor recreation, reading, and rejoicing over Anna’s incredible gift of cooking and baking. In 2018, Peder received his Master of Divinity from Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. During his four years in seminary, he worked at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge—a Christian recovery center wherein Peder helped countless men overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol. Peder also worked with a church plant for 3 years in AZ before moving to NY.
Kirk was ordained and installed as a Ruling Elder at Covenant in 2010. Prior to that he was a Deacon in the PCA and was installed as a Deacon at Covenant in 2009. Kirk married his wife Kathy in 1984 and they have two children, Elizabeth (35) and Gregory (32), both of whom live in VA. They also have two grandchildren by Elizabeth, Adaline (3) and Dawson (1). They enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with friends and family, and going to car shows with their '86 Camaro. Kirk has an A.A.S. degree from SUNY Cobleskill in Landscape Development and has been employed for the last 22 yrs. at Union College, Schenctady as a Landscape Specialist.
Our deacons are called to show forth Christ's compassion on behalf of this church. They do this through a manifold ministry of mercy toward our saints and neighbors. We currently have four deacons working to this end. To get connected with our deacons, email Pastor Kling (above).
The "OPC", and our Presbytery
While we love to fellowship with many churches from other backgrounds and denominations, we hold to a "presbyterian" perspective of the church. This means we are not an independent church in isolation from other churches. Rather, we are members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church ("OPC"), and the Presbytery of New York and New England.