Elders, Staff, Deacons

Justin Perry : Elder; Staff – Lead Pastor

Justin Perry

Elder; Staff – Lead Pastor

Justin was graciously saved by God during the summer before he was a high school senior when a student pastor shared the gospel with him. Upon graduating from Union University, Justin served in the local church and then in an inner city sports ministry before marrying his wife, Jackey, in 2004. After completing his M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008, and the completion of a church planting residency in 2009, he and his family were commissioned out of North Wake Church praying and hoping that the Lord would plant a church in Tampa, FL. Justin is the father to three daughters, and he continues serving as the lead pastor of Covenant Life.

jperry@covenantlifetampa.org
Bob Walker : Elder; Staff – Associate Pastor

Bob Walker

Elder; Staff – Associate Pastor

Bob serves as the Associate Pastor overseeing finance, Community Groups, and Covenant Life Institute. He and his wife Tonya have two grown children, Brooke and Christian, and three grandchildren. Bob served in the Air Force for 20 years and then worked with a contractor as a program manager for another 12 years. Bob came to faith in a Sunday night church service at the age of 8 when he heard the gospel preached. Bob and Tonya moved to Tampa in 2012 and have been members of Covenant Life since then. He has served on staff since early 2018 and as our Associate Pastor since January of 2019.

bwalker@covenantlifetampa.org
Jim Hollenbach : Lay Elder

Jim Hollenbach

Lay Elder

Jim grew up in New Jersey and married Eileen in 1971. They have two adopted children, Brian and Nancy, who reside in Virginia. In 1975, while living in Spain during the initial portion of Jim’s 28-year Navy career, they each surrendered to Christ as Lord through home Bible studies led by faithful lay believers. Jim retired as a Captain in 1998 and then worked as an engineering consultant for 12 years. The Hollenbachs moved from Washington, D.C., to St. Petersburg in 2008 to care for Jim’s parents. They discovered CLC through 9Marks and became members in 2012. Jim has served as a lay elder since 2014.

jwh496@gmail.com
Jay Gregory : Lay Elder

Jay Gregory

Lay Elder

Jay came to faith as a young child after his father shared the gospel with him. After a few years on staff with a campus ministry at Appalachian State University, he attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his M.Div. in Christian Ministry. During seminary, he became a part of North Wake Church where he felt led to move to Tampa in 2010 to be one of the early members of the Covenant Life Church plant. He currently works full-time as a digital analyst for a major online retailer in the Tampa Bay area. After serving as our first deacon, he became a lay elder in 2016.

jaylanegregory@gmail.com
Jon Huff : Lay Elder

Jon Huff

Lay Elder

Jon serves as a lay elder at CLC. In God’s sovereign grace, He saved Jon the summer before his senior year in high school and gave him a passion to teach His word. Jon went to Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL to prepare for vocational ministry, and it was there that he met his wife Heidi. They married in 2001. After completing his M.Min. and learning French, Jon and Heidi moved to Togo in West Africa, where they served for six years. Jon planted two village churches and led a Bible institute to train men for the ministry. God has blessed Jon and Heidi with three girls and a boy.

jonathanedwardshuff@gmail.com
Kevin Wilder : Lay Elder

Kevin Wilder

Lay Elder

Kevin was born and raised in the Tampa, Florida area. By God’s grace, he was converted at a young age after hearing the gospel from several faithful believers. CLC not only became his church home in 2013; it was also where he and his wife, Melanie, first met. They were married in 2016 and will welcome their first child in the spring of 2020. Kevin works in a marketing and communications role and is pursuing an MA in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He began serving as a lay elder in 2020.

kvwilder@gmail.com
Charlie Jackson : Staff – Pastoral Assistant

Charlie Jackson

Staff – Pastoral Assistant

Charlie serves as the Pastoral Assistant for music, events, facilities, and communications. Graciously, God saved him in 2005, and he was baptized at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in 2006. He and his wife, Amy, met in 2009 through the college ministry of Bell Shoals. They married each other in 2012 and had their first son in 2013. In 2014, he graduated from Trinity College of Florida and continued his studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015. Charlie and Amy returned to Tampa and welcomed their second son in July of 2016. They have been members of Covenant Life Church since 2016, and Charlie has served on staff since 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching baseball, reading, wrestling with his boys, and playing board games.

cjackson@covenantlifetampa.org
Jenny Fugler : Staff – Director of Covenant Life Kids

Jenny Fugler

Staff – Director of Covenant Life Kids

Jenny serves as the Director of Covenant Life Kids. Jenny came to know Christ as Savior and Lord when, after faithful planting of gospel seeds by her parents and extended family, her eyes were opened to the truth and precious gift of salvation at the age of sixteen. She grew up in California, went to college in Minnesota, and married her military husband (Travis) in 2006. Eventually, the Air Force led them to Tampa in early 2013. The Lord graciously allowed them to covenant with CLC that year, and she began serving in her current position in 2016. She finds her primary roles in the home, as wife to an airline pilot and mother to four daughters and one son. She has been a member of Covenant Life since 2013.

jfugler@covenantlifetampa.org
Torrey Popovich : Deacon

Torrey Popovich

Deacon

Torrey serves as a deaconess at Covenant Life with a primary responsibility of scheduling and coordinating our Sunday morning serve positions. She has been a member of Covenant Life since 2010.

Scott Waechter : Deacon

Scott Waechter

Deacon

Scott serves as a deacon with a primary responsibility of supporting our men's ministry. He has been a member of Covenant Life since 2010.

Nick Wing-Holt : Deacon

Nick Wing-Holt

Deacon

Nick serves as a deacon with a primary responsibility of caring for the needs of our Sunday gatherings. He has been a member of Covenant Life since 2014.