Andrew Wollitzer, Pastor
Andrew first came to Berkeley Covenant in 2002 and has been our Senior Pastor since 2008. He deeply desires that we as the church be a people of authentic and humble faith who desire to truly live out what we proclaim. Andrew's path has been significantly influenced by the early church and Ecumenism, drawing from Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant sources,in addition to his own Jewish roots; these inform his understanding of what it means to follow the “Apostolic Faith.” He can often be found at local coffee shops and is usually hoping to be engaged in deep, honest conversations. In his free time, Andrew loves spending time with family and friends and being outdoors as much as possible. Among his favorite authors are George Macdonald, N.T. Wright, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the early church Fathers.
Joshua Moritz Ph.D., Director of Christian Formation
Joshua and his wife Melissa both grew up in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. After attending Calvin College in Michigan and Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Joshua came to Berkeley in 2001 to pursue doctoral studies examining the interface between philosophy, theology, and the natural sciences. Joshua has worked as both a Biblical archaeologist and a university professor and holds academic degrees in numerous fields (including philosophy, theology, history, ancient languages, and biology). Joshua began teaching adult education classes at Berkeley Covenant Church in 2002 and he also teaches undergraduate philosophy at the University of San Francisco, theology at the Jesuit Graduate School of Theology at Santa Clara University, theology and science at the Graduate Theological Union, and theology classes at the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley. Joshua is Managing Editor of the academic journal Theology and Science and he has authored numerous books and articles, including Science and Religion: Beyond Warfare and Toward Understanding (Anselm Academic, 2016). Joshua has served as the Director of Christian Formation at Berkeley Covenant Church since April 2017. When he’s not having deep conversations about God, philosophy, theology, or science, Joshua enjoys carpentry, camping, hiking, fencing, and especially playing Legos with his son Xavier.
Rachelle Hayes, Youth Director
Rachelle came from Sacramento to Berkeley Covenant Church to be part of the post-college community in the summer of 2011. After graduating from UC Davis in 2010 and having a student led with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, she desired to move to the East Bay and partner with God’s family in ministry. She began at Berkeley Covenant as a youth ministry intern and then became the Youth Director in the spring of 2013. She loves spending time with the youth, her church community, and family, and growing in the Lord together. She enjoys the beautiful natural spaces in and around Berkeley, loves speaking Spanish and engaging with people of different cultures. Rachelle has an identical twin sister!
Leanne Wydick, Director of Worship & Greenhouse Team Leader
Leanne is married to Bruce and has two daughters, Allie and Kayla. Leanne grew up in Healdsburg, CA and received her BA and Bilingual Teaching Credential from CSU Sacramento. In 1999, she moved to Berkeley to start her first teaching job as a 4th-grade teacher in a Spanish/English bilingual program, where she taught for 5 years. She has been an active member of the worship ministry at Berkeley Covenant since 2001 and became the Worship Director of Adults & Children in 2008. Leanne also partners with Laurie Fiddes in leading the Greenhouse Ministry to children, youth & families. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, photography, sports and long walks in the outdoors.
Laurie Fiddes, Children’s Ministry Coordinator and Bookkeeper/Administrator
Laurie grew up in Berkeley and has attended Berkeley Covenant all her life. She graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Home Economics/Nutrition. In high school she helped her mom with an after-school kids’ program at the church called, “The Good News Club”. Since then she has worked with children in the church and in her sons’ schools, serving as the Children’s Coordinator at Berkeley Covenant Church since 2006. Laurie started bookkeeping for a friend’s business in 1985; when her sons entered high school in 2006, she became the bookkeeper for both the church and Mustard Seed Preschool. She enjoys working in the front office where she greets children and parents from the preschool each morning. Laurie’s sons are now adults, and all have careers of their own; She is especially thankful for a job she enjoys and for a loving church community.
Karen Davidson, Director of Administration
Karen Davidson has been involved with our church since 2002 when she married Philip, a long-time member of Berkeley Covenant Church. In July 2008, she came on staff as the Church Administrator. Working with the pastor and church Board, she is responsible for the financial management of both the church and preschool; human resources and employee benefit program management; governmental tax and insurance compliance; and management of facility capital improvement projects for the church campus, parsonage, and preschool. She is also the church’s liaison to Mustard Seed Preschool, managing the school’s finances, and coordinating staffing, programs, and procedures with the Preschool Director.