Pastor & Staff
Senior Pastor: Rev. Michael Lehman
Rev. Michael Lehman (Mike) has been the Senior Pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church since June 2012. Pastor Mike and his wife, Diana, are both from NW Ohio, where they were married in 1977. They have two adult sons…Josh who lives in Grapevine, TX with his daughter, Kennedy, and Jon, who lives on Saint Simons Island, GA. Mike attended and graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College in Fort Wayne, IN before coming to and graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. Pastor Mike & Diana have served the Clay City & Shiloh UMC Charge in Powell County, KY (8 years); Sunny Acres UMC in Taylor Mill, KY (4 years); Christ UMC in Florence, KY (11 years); and Versailles UMC (5 years), before coming to Covenant. He is an avid golfer and baseball fan, but also a total sports enthusiast (seemingly every sport and every season); he enjoys reading, traveling with Diana, refinishing antique furniture and hanging out with people.
Associate Pastor: Mel Wilhelm
Rev. Mel Wilhelm has been a member of Covenant UMC (formerly LaGrange First UMC) since 1992 and has served as Associate Pastor since June 2013. He and his wife, Pat, were high school sweethearts and were married in 1970 at Oldtown United Methodist Church in Ohio. They have 2 adult children. Their son, Craig, his wife, Emily, and daughter, Leila, live in Washington, DC. Their daughter, Jenny, and her husband, Daniel, live in Oldham County with their 2 children, Elijah and Elizabeth.
Mel began his ministry in 2001 as Covenant's Youth Pastor, having served the previous 9 years as a volunteer with the middle school youth. In 2005, Mel received his license to preach from Lindsey Wilson College and, in 2006, received an appointment to Covenant UMC by Bishop King as a Licensed Local Pastor. He continues his studies at Union College as a Licensed Local Pastor.
Youth Minister: Matt Philpot
Contact Matt at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Minister: Cheri Withrow
Cheri Withrow has been the Children’s Minister at Covenant United Methodist since June 2014. Cheri and her husband, Chad, both grew up in Oldham County. They met at Covenant and were married there in 2009. They have two daughters, Anna and Clara. Cheri received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Kentucky in Family & Consumer Sciences and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bellarmine University. Cheri enjoys reading, sewing and crafting.
Music Minister: Paige Weeks
Paige joined the staff of Covenant UMC in the fall of 2003. She has been in music ministry for 25+ years and has served in seven churches. She received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Belmont College, Nashville, TN and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Western Ky. University where she also had an assistantship in Choral Conducting. Her husband, Dan, is a professor of Music at the University of Louisville where both of their children, Garrett (Music Therapy) and Patrick (Voice Performance), are students.
Nursery & Covenant Preschool Director: Linda Estes
Linda and her family have been attending Covenant since 1993, when her oldest child started preschool. Linda married her husband, Scott at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean, IN in 1991. They have 4 children, Zachary, Parker, Madison and Jackson, who all still live at home.
Linda has been the Nursery Director since 2003 and Preschool Director since 2009. Linda has extensive experience with the preschool. She first served as a Substitute, then worked in the classroom as an Assistant before becoming Director. Additionally, all 4 of her children attended Covenant Preschool. Her hobbies include walking and reading. She enjoys spending time with her family and visiting her family farm in Indiana.