Howard Burgoyne has served as Conference Superintendent since 2006. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Howard grew up in the Evangelical Covenant Church and heard God’s call to ministry at the age of twelve. A graduate of Bryan College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with further studies at North Park Theological Seminary, he was ordained by the ECC in 1989. Howard has been married since 1984 to Ann (Pennewill). They have two children, a son, Taylor and a daughter, Terra. They live in Cromwell, CT. He has served as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor in churches in Tennessee, Rhode Island, Illinois, Minnesota and Washington. He is passionate about growing deep and real in Christ. His favorite theological interests center in the process of spiritual transformation, the maturing of leaders, and the life of the Trinity and human relationships. He enjoys physical fitness, nutrition, cooking, golf, and would love to have more time for playing the acoustic guitar.
Associate Superintendent & Director of Church Planting
Jason Condon joined us August 2010 as Associate Superintendent & Director of Church Planting. A native New Englander, Jason grew up in Presque Isle, ME, attended college in Worcester and Quincy, MA, and began his ministry career in South Portland, ME. He received his M.Div. degree from Northeastern Seminary (2003), and a B.A. in Religion & Youth Ministry from Eastern Nazarene College (1992). He was ordained by the ECC at our 125th Annual Meeting, June 2010. Married to Lisa (Casler) in 1993, they have two children, Jaron (’98) and Bryn (’00), and live in Columbia, CT. Most recently, Jason served as one of the founding church planting pastors of Artisan Church, an Evangelical Covenant Church in Rochester, NY. Prior to that he pastored in a variety of settings: Youth & Young Adult Pastor, Church Planter, and Lead Pastor, including various roles in five different church plants. Since 2008, he has worked closely with the Evangelical Covenant Church with Church Planting Training, helping prepare other ECC church planters around the country. Jason has also been entrepreneurial in other areas beside church planting, from owning investment properties to launching a web-design business geared towards churches and church plants. He enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his family, is a voracious reader and continual learner, and loves playing Ultimate (“Frisbee”) and volleyball when he can find the time.
Associate Superintendent & Director of Congregational Vitality
Kreig Gammelgard will join our staff on May 1st, 2012 serving as Associate Superintendent & Director of Congregational Vitality. Gammelgard is a native of Oakland, CA, where he grew under the ministry of First Covenant Church. He made a decision to follow Christ while attending Mission Springs Camp. A graduate of Westmont College & California Polytechnic University and later Fuller & North Park Seminaries; Kreig will architect and align our coaching, training & support resources to cover the fruitful spectrum of church life with a strong focus on sustaining visionary leadership, pastoral excellence, Christian formation, evangelism and world mission along side our current staff. Kreig and his wife Sandy have three adult children: Amy, Trevor, and Karli; and will be welcomed to the Conference at the 122nd Annual Meeting in Easton, CT April 18-20.
Office Manager & Administrative Assistant
Serving as the Office Manager & Administrative Assistant for our office, Alicia has been on staff since June 2011. Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Alicia grew up attending a Lutheran Church her family has been a part of for four generations. It wasn’t until high school that she started attending United Evangelical Covenant Church in Gladstone, Michigan. Alicia fell in love with the community of the Covenant church by spending summers at Covenant Point and attending North Park. Alicia graduated with her degree in Art & Graphic Design from North Park in 2007 and during her time there met her husband, Andrew. Upon graduation, Andrew felt his call to full-time ministry and decided to continue his studies at North Park Seminary. They were married in October 2008, and enjoyed the first two and a half years of marriage within the community of the seminary. For almost four years, Alicia served as the Urban and Global Outreach Ministry Coordinator at Park Community Church before Andrew received his call as Pastor of Youth at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, Connecticut. In June, they made the big move to the East Coast, and live in Middletown, Connecticut. Alicia enjoys running (come cheer her on at the New York City marathon in November!), cooking, and spending time with friends & family.