Blair Allen

Blair and his wife, Melinda, grew up in the PCA denomination, and greatly appreciate the doctrinal and theological teaching that they have enjoyed from an early age. They both graduated from Covenant College in 1990 and Blair received his master's degree in film studies from Regent University in 1992. Blair is a video producer currently working for NASA, and Melinda works as a Latin teacher at Veritas Christian Academy. They have three children; one in college, and two in high school. Blair and his family have attended New Covenant since 2001. Lamentations 3:22-23

Kevin Berlin

Kevin and his wife, Sherry, have been attending New Covenant for almost four years and have five children. Sherry grew up in Tidewater, and the Navy brought Kevin to Virginia. Kevin is a computer expert and systems engineer, and Sherry is an administrative assistant for Military Sealift Command. They both love serving others, including volunteer work with the Military Missions Ministry and Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Eric DeGroff

Eric and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 30 years and have four children. They're both natives of Kansas City, Kansas. Eric is a law professor at Regent, and Debbie is a homemaker and also works at Christ Covenant Preschool during the school year. She took on the difficult but rewarding task of homeschooling their four children through high school. The DeGroffs have been attending NCPC for nine years. Eric has served as an elder for four years, and they host one of the New Covenant community groups at their home. He enjoys spending time with his family and sports of all varieties -- watching and participating -- especially delighting in Kansas University beating up on other college basketball teams.

Bob Essmann

Bob and his wife, Cheryl, were brought to Virginia 30 years ago from St. Louis, MIssouri as newlyweds while he served active duty in the Navy. Since then, they've raised four daughters, gained sons-in-law, and added grandchildren to the family. The Essmanns became members of New Covenant in 1991. When they are not busy spending time with family, cooking, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, or participating in New Covenants children's ministry, Cheryl is a preschool teacher and vision therapist, and Bob is a Navy civilian at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.

Danny Hitchcock

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Danny and his wife, Patti, have lived in our area and attending New Covenant since 2015, when they moved from Pennsylvania for Danny to begin teaching in the Psychology Department at Regent University. They have four children ranging from high school to young adult. Originally from Colorado, Danny and his family have been heavily involved in PCA churches in Iowa, the Pittsburgh suburbs, and now in the Tidewater. They have an assortment of gifts and interests, with particular talent in music.

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Brent moore

Brent and his wife, Katie, met in Annapolis and have been in the Navy for several years. Brent was discipled by Katie's father as a cadet, before even knowing her. They have four children, ranging from middle school to college-aged. They have been stationed in the area previously, although we are thankful that they have been here since 2013 this time around. His specialty was as a helicopter pilot, but he now serves in a much broader scope. Brent currently oversees our Youth Ministry.

Kurt Nelson

Kurt and his wife, Joanne, were married in 1989 and have three adopted children, all grown adults now. He is originally from Villa Park, IL near Chicago, and Joanne is from Meriden, CT. Kurt spent 24 years in the Navy as a submarine officer and engineering duty officer before retiring from the service in 2001. He and Joanne have been attending New Covenant for 19 years and they enjoy learning more about the Lord and hosting one of the New Covenant community groups, made up mostly of young families.

Rich Papworth 

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Rich and his wife, Beth are both retired Navy. They have one grown son. Born in Las Vegas and graduating from Southern Cal, Rich earned a CPA following his years in the Navy, working as the business manager of Norfolk Christian School until his retirement. He and Beth have been heavily involved at NCPC since they first visited in 2013. He volunteers as a discipler at the Virginia Beach jail and serves in many roles at New Covenant.


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