Pastor Chris Pappenfus

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It is my great privilege to serve on the pastoral team as Senior Pastor.  My primary areas of focus are preaching and teaching as well as leadership of the staff and congregational care.

My wife Allison and I were married in 2001 and have three boys, Ryan, Brendan and Micah.  I am originally from Little Falls, MN.  And began full time pastoral ministry in 1997.  I have served Evangelical Covenant Churches in Bedford, NH., Mankato, MN., and Omaha, NE.  My role in those churches was primarily focused on Christian Formation for children, youth and adults.  I am a graduate of North Park College, and completing my Masters of Divinity Degree at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.

We moved to Willmar in July of 2017.  I enjoy downhill skiing, good coffee and talking about what God is doing in people’s lives.  I have a fascination with yard sprinklers and will stare at them for hours if given the chance.  My favorite book of the Bible is Philippians.

I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit guides individuals and families to connect with a congregation.  When I meet visitors to First Covenant I can’t help but wonder and anticipate what God will be doing in and through us to advance God’s Kingdom here in Willmar and around the world.