Our Pastors

John R. Martz - Senior Pastor

Pastor John Martz Pastor John R. Martz grew up in northern New Jersey and spent the better part of 28 years there. He graduated from Grove City College in 1976 with B.A. in Philosophy and Religion. He then went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1979, during which time he met his wife, Diane. They were married in December of 1977, and had two children: Nathan (1979) and Christen (1982). John began work on a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion at Drew University, and he was able to complete the degree in May of 1988. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Churches in Montclair, NJ (1979-1986), Lafayette, IN (1986-2003), and most recently here in Arvada, CO.

He and Diane have a home here in Arvada, and thoroughly enjoy life on the Front Range. The beauty of this part of the country as well as the amenities of the Denver metro area makes for an incredible variety of opportunities and experiences.

John was invited to serve on the Board of Alternatives Pregnancy Center here in Denver back in the fall of 2008 and has enjoyed the privilege of working with this ministry since that time. He has also enjoyed serving in a number of positions with the Evangelical Covenant Church, and most recently has been part of a Coaching program amongst the Pastors of the denomination.

Nathan Powell - Associate Pastor

Pastor Nathan Powell Pastor Nate Powell has called Colorado home since his High School years in Colorado Springs, even though he spent 17 years up north in Minnesota. There he attended Northwestern College and Bethel Seminary and served a church in Anoka, MN for 15 years. Since moving back to Colorado he has enjoyed hiking and camping with his three daughters, skiing or snowboarding on "real" mountains, and hanging out on the back porch without having to wear mosquito repellant.

Nate and Kiesa were married in August of 1994 and have three girls, Brynna (2000), Avery (2001), and Haven (2005). These four women keep Nate laughing, learning and busy.

One of Nate's greatest joys is being able to help people connect with each other and their God in meaningful and transforming ways. Nate can be found helping a new family learn about the ministries of Arvada Covenant Church, coaching small group leaders in their role of building community, or serving alongside the great volunteers of Arvada Covenant who give sacrificially of their time and talent.

Bill Merritt - Pastor of Congregational Care

Pastor Bill Merritt Pastor Bill Merritt, his wife Kaye and their three children, Mike (1977), David (1981), and Kristina (1985), have lived in Colorado since 1981. Bill is a graduate of Purdue University, Bethel Seminary (M.A.), and North Park Seminary (M.Div.) and is ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church. Bill and Kaye were married in Chicago in 1971 while Bill was in seminary and Kaye was finishing her degree in nursing from North Park College.

For the past three years Bill has served part-time as our Pastor of Congregational Care. He visits those who are hospitalized, shut-in, or living in nursing homes or retirement centers. Bill and Kaye have spent the majority of their ministry life working with the poor in Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, and Labrador, Canada. They continue that outreach with our low income neighbors living in Arvada and Denver.

Bill and Kaye enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, especially wandering in the mountains.

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