The Church of the Covenant
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
11205 Euclid Avenue · Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone: (216) 421-0482
Fax: (216) 791-2228

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Staff Position Email 216 421-0482
The Reverend Dr. Robert J. Campbell Pastor / Head of Staff Reverend Dr. Robert J. Campbell 230
The Reverend Laury W. Larson Associate Pastor Reverend Laury Larson 225
The Reverend Jonyrma R. Singleton Associate Pastor Reverend Jonyrma Singleton 224
The Reverend Eileen Vizcaino Director, Student-Community Ministries Reverend Eileen Vizcaino 237
Dr. Jonathan W. Moyer Organist/Director of Music Dr. Jonathan Moyer 231
Kaori Hongo Associate Organist / Associate Director of Music Dr. Kaori Hongo 231
Ms. Mindy Stewart Facilitator for Families with Young Children Mindy Stewart  

 

Rev. Dr. Robert J. CampbellThe Reverend Dr. Robert J. Campbell (Bert) came to The Church of the Covenant in July of 2005. He previously served for 24 years as Head of Staff at The First Presbyterian Church 1793 of Washington, Pennsylvania, a 200-year-old congregation located on the campus of Washington and Jefferson College. He served the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, Ohio, during the steel crisis of 1977, where he was part of the leadership team that attempted to help the community and workers establish a worker ownership of the mills. In 1970, he began his ministry as program director for the East End Cooperative Ministry, a gathering of 33 churches representing 11 different denominations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, committed to using the resources of those congregations in ministry to the community in which God had called them to serve.

Bert was born in Kingman, Arizona, and grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he attended West Liberty State College, earning a Bachelors Degree in Drama and Philosophy. He received his Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and his Doctorate from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a certificate in Life, Death, and Transition from the Elisabeth Kubler Ross Center, a certificate in Bereavement Counseling from Kings College in London, Ontario, and was trained in Clinical Pastoral Education at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. At Covenant, Bert has primary responsibility for preaching and worship, staff oversight and coordination, and overall guidance of the church.

He is married to Carol E. Campbell of Mt Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and Wheeling, West Virginia. They have two sons: Ryan, a civilian biologist with the United States Navy who resides with his Annie in Rhode Island, and Kirk, who is in medical school and resides with his Elaine in West Virginia.

Bert states,

"In 1943, Henry Slone Coffin challenged Covenant to be a church with a conscience out in front of her peers, leading them forward and Godward, calling both church and community to the ways of justice and compassion, inclusion and hope. It is because the Church of the Covenant has progressively committed to this vision that I felt moved to serve this great congregation.

Covenant is a regional and diverse people with a prophetic voice heard in the halls of the working class in the 40's, seen on the streets and in the pews in the 50's and 60's in her commitment to integration, committed today to the inclusion of all persons who affirm the Christian faith. We are a people more interested in the right questions than in doctrinal answers and orthodoxy. We deeply respect those who seek God by other names and worship in other ways, for it is the same God who is served. We seek to offer excellence in worship and education, pastoral care and leadership in the University Circle community.

The membership of Covenant is one of the most talented gatherings of people committed to the City I have ever experienced. It is both a challenge and a privilege to work with them as we seek to speak truth to power and point to signs of God’s world in our midst. In these times when religion is often judgmental and exclusive, when politics is too often partisan and divisive, this is a gathering of persons who greet one another and strangers with respect and integrity.

If you are reading this, please know that you are very welcome to come and try us on for size."

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Rev. Laury W. LarsonThe Reverend Laury W. Larson was installed as an associate pastor of the Church of the Covenant in August, 1978. He had previously served brief pastorates in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and, as a seminarian, in Glasgow, Scotland. The vision of a just society motivated Laury to enter ministry. It continues to motivate him.

Raised in a rural Illinois town, Laury did his undergraduate work at Illinois State University and his seminary training at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Subsequent to coming to Cleveland, and to fill some gaps in his earlier training, Laury completed a graduate degree in counseling at John Carroll University and a certificate program in non-profit management at Case Western Reserve University. He has participated in an advanced study program in cross-cultural ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary. In 1994, Laury did sabbatical study at the Christian Study Center in Pakistan.

At Covenant, Laury has primary responsibility for supporting the congregation's programs of community outreach and service as well as its educational programming for adults. Teaching adults is a priority for our associate pastor. He is certified as a mentor for Education for Ministry (EfM), a theological education by extension program of the University of the South, and currently co-mentors with the Reverend Rosalind Powell two EfM seminar groups. He has been a member of the Board of the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies since its inception in 1992. In his approach to biblical interpretation and teaching, Laury seeks to counter exclusionary ideologies and practices.

Committed to interreligious understanding and cooperation, Laury has served as a trustee of InterAct Cleveland and is currently co-chair of InterAct's Interreligious  Affairs Committee.  

As time allows, Laury reads historical fiction and browses in antique shops. He also enjoys dining out in Cleveland.

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Rev. Jonyrma R. SingletonThe Reverend Jonyrma R. Singleton has been an Associate Pastor at the Church of the Covenant since 1992. She is the first woman and African-American to be installed as a Pastor of the Covenant. Her areas of focus are working with youth, children, young families, member care as well as co-leading worship with the other pastors. She has also received affirmation for her sense of call to the healing ministry. The church supported her decision to receive training in Reiki (a hands on touch healing approach) which she incorporates in her pastoral care.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Jonyrma Singleton has earned degrees from Talladega College in Alabama, Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Virginia.

Jonyrma feels that Covenant is an exciting place to be because of its community of faith is diverse, open-minded, and willing to try new ways of doing God's work. Her youth ministry has been her most challenging call. Each year her youth groups travel to different regions of the U.S. and to Mexico to do habitat work and "experience the culture". The youth also join other Presbyterian youth at the Synod gatherings and national youth conference at Montreat, North Carolina. These experiences always seem to strengthen the ties between the youth and their faith.

Jonyrma has also been actively involved over the years working in the area of family ministries at the denominational level. She has traveled extensively throughout Central America, the Caribbean, West and South Africa participating with travel seminar groups as well as doing mission partner work.

Jonyrma has two adult daughters, a son-in-law, five grandsons, and one granddaughter. She loves to swim, hike and play guitar.

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The Reverend Eileen Vizcaino, Chaplain to College Students and Director, Student-Community Ministries, joins the Covenant staff after a successful year as our Seminary Intern. Her primary focus is R & D of new ways this church can be of service to the many students and interns whose paths converge at Covenant.

No stranger to student life, Eileen has long experience in foreign language education and an advanced degree in guidance.   Her late husband Israel Vizcaino served as counselor to non-traditional students at Seton Hall University. A native of Cuba, he was a doctoral candidate in Latin American history at New York University.  Eileen is a Cleveland area native who spent most of her adult life in New Jersey, though she has strong family ties here.

Eileen was drawn to Covenant because of its commitment to social justice, its ecumenical involvement, and its outreach to the community.  She sees Covenant well positioned to create a network of support for students as well as providing ways they can exercise their developing talents to serve the larger community.

Serving as an interpreter for the first Mission trip to Central Presbytery Cuba by the Presbytery of Monmouth, Eileen helped develop the Statement of Partnership.  She then spent nearly a year as a Volunteer in Mission at Montreat, a national Presbyterian conference center in Western North Carolina.  There, meeting church staffs from many venues, she solidified her call to ministry.

A graduate of Kent State with a Bachelor of Science in Education for Spanish and French, Eileen earned her Masters in pupil services from Montclair State University of New Jersey, and a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.  She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Vincent's Hospital, Cleveland, and has been a National Endowment for Humanities Summer Fellow at Tufts.

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Jonathan William Moyer maintains a dynamic career as organist, pianist, singer, and conductor. Critics have described his playing as "ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting." (The Baltimore Sun) He is music director and organist of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio and is an assistant professor of organ Oberlin College. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including such venues as Wellesley College, Washington National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, St. Thomas Episcopal Church (NYC), Gloucester and Norwich Cathedrals (UK), the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall (Tokyo), and the Dvorak Spring Festival in Prague and Vienna. He has performed with such ensembles as Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University Chorale, and the Cantate Chamber Singers of Washington DC. He is member of the critically acclaimed early music vocal ensemble, Quire Cleveland.  

At the Church of the Covenant, Dr. Moyer oversees a dynamic music program consisting of a professional and amateur choir, children’s, youth and handbell choirs, one of Cleveland’s largest pipe organs (E.M. Skinner/Aeolian Skinner/Holtkamp), the Newberry baroque organ (Richards Fowkes), and a 47-bell Dutch carillon.

Cleveland Classical.com wrote of Moyer’s dedication recital of the Newberry Organ,  “Moyer skillfully chose registrations that showed the range of color the instrument can produce and suited them perfectly to the music at hand… His runs were thrilling and his sense of pace made the piece (Muffat’s Toccata Quinta) sound suitably rhetorical… Bach's canonic setting of Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot and the long setting of Komm, Heiliger Geist with the choral in the soprano were elegantly and flawlessly played… It's delightful to hear an organ recital where everything seems so right and the playing so much in the service of the instrument and the repertoire.”

 In 2008, Moyer performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in four recitals at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD, celebrating the centenary of the composer's birth and the renovation of the cathedral's organ. The Baltimore Sun, said of his second recital, "Moyer revealed the composer's musical genius as vividly as his spiritual richness, taking full advantage of the cathedral's Shantz organ. …Passages of rapt reflection were shaped with a keen sense of import."

In 2008, he received the second prize in the Sixth International Musashino Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2005 he was one of four finalists in the St. Albans International Organ Competition. He has served on the executive committee of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Moyer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ under the tutelage of Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore), where he completed both a Graduate Performance Diploma in organ and a Master's degree in piano as a student of Ann Schein. While at Peabody he studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and served as graduate assistant choral conductor to Edward Polochick. He holds an Artist Diploma in organ from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of James David Christie and Olivier Latry. He received a bachelor of music degree in piano from Bob Jones University where he studied with Laurence Morton. He has attended organ festivals throughout Europe and has coached with such organists as Susan Landale, Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Michael Radulescu, and Gillian Weir. Dr. Moyer resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, along with his wife, organist, Dr. Kaori Hongo, and sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu.

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Kaori Hongo, organist and native of Japan, continues a musical career that has led her around the globe. Following her formative years in Japan and California, she attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University, as an undergraduate student of Donald McDonald, where she received the Alexander McCurdy Award in Organ Performance. After completing her Master’s degree in organ at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Donald Sutherland, Ms. Hongo attended the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire in France, where she studied with Susan Landale, and received the Deuxieme Prix de Niveau Superieur in 1999. After studies in France, Ms. Hongo returned to Japan, where she was the conductor and founder of several choirs and taught organ and piano. In 2012 she completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland. She has participated in music festivals including the McGill Organ Festival in Montreal and the Summer Organ Academy at the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig. She has participated in master classes with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Gillian Weir, and Joan Lippincott.

 She has served as organist and choir director at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Baltimore, and the Church of the Advent (Episcopal), Baltimore, and currently is the Assistant Organist and Director of Children’s and Youth Music at the Church of the Covenant, Cleveland, OH. Ms. Hongo lives with her husband, Jonathan Moyer, and sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  

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Additional Full-Time Staff

Tom Fountain Church Business / Office Administrator Tom Fountain 226
Willie Howard Program Associate Willie Howard 229
Willie Parker Head Sexton / Chef Willie Parker 232
Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski Communications Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski 223

Additional Part-Time Staff

Mark Blakely Custodian   232
Jennifer Conner Music Librarian   231
Kaori Hongo Associate Organist / Associate Director of Music   231
George Leggiero Covenant Carillonneur   231
Mildred Russin Receptionist / Volunteer Coordinator Mildred Russin 221
   
                                  

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