Dr. Jeff Elliott
Senior Pastor

Although Jeff grew up in a Christian home near Chicago, he was an atheist until his senior year of high school. He became convinced of the reality of God, but was still not converted to Christianity. During his sophomore year at Wake Forest, God showed Jeff his inability to fix himself and gave him realization of the need to surrender to Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. Within a year, God called him to the ministry, so he attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He then served as an intern at McLean Presbyterian Church in northern Virginia. Jeff arrived at New Covenant with his wife, Margaret, after assisting 19 years of serving in two churches in Mississippi. Jeff is an avid sports fan and especially loves watching Chicago teams.

Rev. Tim Dryden
Assistant Pastor

Tim and his wife, Deana, have 5 children, Emma, Wade, Micah, Miriam, and Mathias - ranging from 14 to 26 years old. They landed in Virginia Beach in 2013, and love being here! Tim was a pharmaceutical sales rep for years, then met his wife through their work with a touring Christian ballet company. Deana was a professional ballerina for many years, and Tim worked as a youth pastor and assistant pastor for 12 years before moving to Tidewater. The Drydens love the Lord, love people, and love to laugh.


Jeff grew up at New Covenant and, as a recent graduate of William & Mary, has been sensing a call to the pastoral ministry. As his home congregation we are delighted to have the opportunity to give him opportunity to test his gifts and to help him grow in his understanding of the faith and church ministry. Jeff will have many roles, but his main foci will be with music and the youth ministry. He is engaged to be married to Stephanie Chenault, whom he met at William & Mary.


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