Our Staff

Get to Know Us! 

Rev. Dr. Jeri-Lynne Bouterse, Interim Pastor 
First, many people have difficulty pronouncing our last name, Bouterse. It usually helps if you know that Bouterse rhymes with routers. Please feel free to call me Jeri-Lynne or if you prefer Pastor Jeri-Lynne. I received my undergraduate degree is in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from University of Central Florida. My Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in the Reformed Focus are from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where I also completed my Interim Ministry training. Assisting churches through their time of transition is my calling and passion. My husband David and I moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2014. Although we are no longer Pittsburgh residents we are still Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fans! We have three adult sons: Dylan (wife Karla), Brian (wife Jackie), and Brad (wife Lisa). David and I love to travel, ride our motorcycle (a Honda Valkyrie), read, gather for meals with family and friends, and borrow our grand dogs Sonny, Baxter, and Blitz.

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Katie KinnisonRev. Katie Kinnison, Assoc. Pastor for Spiritual Formation  
Katie has her Masters in English from The Ohio State University and earned her Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Katie has been a teacher all her adult life and is clearly in love with words and exploring new ideas. She has two daughters in college, Abby and Emma, and a third, Sarah, who still lives at home with her.

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Erin Wise, Director of Children’s & Youth Ministries  
Erin has been an active member of Covenant since her family moved to Columbus when she was 1.  She volunteered with the Children's Ministry program for 10 years before 
officially joining the staff in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Education from Miami University. She has taught Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II in high school as well as preschool Spanish, Movement and Enrichment. She currently teaches preschool in Dublin and Jazzercise at the Dublin Jazzercise Fitness Center to grown-ups as well as kiddos. In her free time she enjoys reading, eating chocolate and spending time with her husband, Michael, and their three children, Natalie, Adrienne and Owen. 

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Cherie Brooks, Director of Music  
Cherie also is the Voca
l Director and Performing Arts Department Chair at Olentangy Orange High School, Lewis Center, OH. She is in her 23 year of music education, teaching as an Elementary Music Specialist (Keystone Central School District, PA), a middle school vocal director (Zanesville City Schools and Delaware Schools), and a high school vocal director (Olentangy Local Schools). Cherie grew up as the daughter of Rev. H. Raymond and Ethel Brooks, singing and playing the piano in church. She has most recently served as the Traditional Music Director/Cappella Choir Director/Pianist at the Indian Run United Methodist Church in Dublin, OH. She is a proficient vocalist, pianist and director, and loves working with the wonderful musicians at Covenant.

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Caroline McGeoch, Director of Covenant Children's Center 
Caroline received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, obtained her early childhood teaching license through Ohio Dominican University, and completed her MA in Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. Caroline became interested in how children learn when she and her husband Peter were raising their 3 sons. She has worked as a teacher for over 18 years, and has been the Preschool Director and an after school program site supervisor since 2011. She loves the opportunity to serve children and families in the welcoming environment provided by the Covenant community.

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Katie Wynkoop, Organist/Pianist Katie Wynkoop
Katie Wynkoop received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Capital University in May 2013. While at Capital as a piano major, Katie was active as an accompanist, president of the Capital Collegiate Kodaly Educators and worked as a choir manager for the Isabella Choir, part of the Columbus Children's Choir. Katie began her professional career this fall as the K-5 elementary general music teacher at Westfall Elementary School in Williamsport, Ohio. At Covenant, Katie is the organist and choir accompanist. She also directs the children's choir. In her spare time, Katie likes to read, play euchre, shop, spend time with her family, and play with her kittens, Liza and Lucy.

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Say hello to the rest of our staff at Covenant! (Click on name to email)

Ingrid Smith, Financial Administrator  
JP Pogalies, Communications Administrator 
Mary Pat Helvey, Membership Administrator 
Dave Seifert, Facilities Manager 
Shane Spicer, Assistant for Children's Ministry 

Lisa Swartz, Weekday Custodian 
Brian Ball, Weekend Custodian
Nancy Davidson, Bell Choir Director

Joanne Pratt, Wedding Coordinator