Leadership & Staff


Rev. Donald L. Friederichsen

Pastor Headshot 2Pastor Donny Friederichsen is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando (MDiv, ’11) and of The University of Tennessee (B.A., ’99). He and his wife, Kim, have four children. Pastor Donny grew up in Chattanooga, TN and is a proud Tennessean. He and Kim spent several years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in the former Soviet Union, at the University of Kentucky, and at the world headquarters of CCC in Orlando.

Pastor Donny also serves as chaplain for the Millburn, NJ Police Department. He enjoys coaching his son’s middle school wrestling team and wading in the streams and rivers of New Jersey attempting to coax trout to strike his lures.

email: pastordonny@covenantshorthills.org

The Session


Walter Morris


Wade Speas


David Talcott

Ruling Elders: Walter Morris, Wade Speas, David Talcott
Covenant Presbyterian Church follows the New Testament pattern of government by a Session of Ruling Elders. These men, elected by the congregation, meet rigid spiritual requirements set forth in I Timothy 3, and assume full spiritual authority for the congregation. The Session also includes the Pastor. The Session has supervision over all activities and actions of the church.

The Board of Deacons


Daniel Byerly

Deacon: Daniel Byerly
In Acts 6, the Apostles instructed the Church to pick out men of good character, full of the Spirit and wisdom, to provide for the physical needs of the congregation.  Under the supervision of the Session, the Deacons tend to the mercy and financial ministries of the church.

 Music Coordinators

Dan & Melissa Byerly

Church Secretary

Audrey Meade