Make and Deepen Disciples

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Michelle Sanchez

Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples

Rev. Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area. She has previously served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, launched ministries to international students with a multiethnic Cru team (Campus Crusade for Christ), and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle has earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College. She loves poetry, cycling, and reading voraciously. Michelle is married to Mickey, a staff worker at Northwestern University with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries. As much as they enjoy making and deepening disciples in ministry, they treasure this the most at home with their two children and favorite disciples in the world! Contact Michelle

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Steve Burger

Director of Children, Family and Intergenerational Ministries

Steve Burger has served churches in New York and Minnesota with his wife Marti, prior to serving in his present position. Their daughter Melissa Wall serves as Pastor of Deer Grove Covenant Church, Palatine, IL, son-in-law, Fredrik serves in the ECC Denominational Offices, and their son Paul and his wife Britta are pastors at Bethany Covenant Church in Mt Vernon, WA. Steve can recall moments from infancy and feels closest to God when he is with children. He is committed to supporting and partnering with those who minister with children, families and intergenerational communities of faith. Contact Steve

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Tim Ciccone

Director of Youth Ministry

Tim Ciccone is Director of Youth Ministry for the Evangelical Covenant Church and has a deep passion to serve and encourage youth workers across the denomination.  He is father to Caleb, Josiah, Samantha, and Ethan and has been married to Maria for 18 years. Prior to his role Tim was the Pastor of Generational Discipleship at Hillcrest Covenant Church in the Kansas City area. He earned his MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary and has been serving in the church for over 24 years. Tim is passionate about people finding and following Jesus! Contact Tim

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Meagan Gillan

Director of Women Ministries

Meagan Gillan takes great joy in connecting with women in all kinds of settings. Whether at retreats, events, or over coffee, she loves sharing together how Jesus is calling women deeper together in him (especially over coffee). She is encouraged when women take steps to grow in discipleship, whether by leading a Bible study, choosing to heal from abuse, or by reaching out with global vision. She thinks the women of the Covenant are terrific and is excited about the next generation of women leaders rising.

Meagan is a graduate of Wheaton College and is married to Scot, a pastor. They celebrated 40 years of marriage last year and still like each other. They love the connections they’ve made during 38 of ministry across five states and many, many really great people. They have four terrific adult children, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and twin grandsons capable of melting her heart at a moment’s notice. Contact Meagan

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Beth Seversen

Director of Evangelism

Beth Seversen in the Evangelism Team Leader for the ECC. She previously served as Associate Pastor at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI and Hillcrest Evangelical Covenant in Prairie Village, KS. She and husband Mark served as church planters and worked in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Beth was Associate Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership and the Masters in Missional Church Movements and adjunct faculty at Wheaton College and Graduate School. She’s currently pursuing a doctorate in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her passion is motivating grads and undergrads, hanging out with people far from God, helping them take steps toward commitment to faith in Jesus. Beth loves infusing Jesus followers with a bigger picture of the gospel and equipping pastors and churches for God’s mission. Her motto, “Let’s collaborate with God’s Spirit and together start a multiplying movement of disciples that make disciples!” Contact Beth

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Pam Cobb

Coordinator of Administrative Services

Pam Cobb became the Coordinator of Administrative Services for the Make and Deepen Disciples team after having served as Office Manager for Covenant Pines Bible Camp in Minnesota’s northwoods for 6 years. When you speak with her you will instantly realize she has lived in the south (Texas and Kentucky) for much of her life. She has extensive experience as a Director of Missions and Office Manager. Pam earned a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary, in Kentucky. Her mission is “to enable Christians to be what God has called them to be.” She enjoys nature, traveling, quilting, and hosting tea parties (hats, silver, and all) Sophie and Toby, Pam’s cats, are not nearly as excited about moving to Chicago as Pam is. For Pam, being in Chicago means being able to visit her daughter’s family (grandchildren) in Indiana frequently and a quicker flight to Savannah to see her youngest daughter. Contact Pam