About Us

Holy Covenant, a church for all people ~
where love of neighbor is expressed,
feelings of the heart are shared,
and thinking is encouraged.
Responding to God’s love is our purpose.


When our denomination’s Pilgrim forebears left Europe in 1620, their pastor urged them to keep their minds and hearts open to new ways. God, the Rev. John Robinson said, “has yet more light and truth to break forth out of his holy Word.” We have sought to keep our hearts and minds open ever since, listening for the word of our still-speaking God.

Holy Covenant United Church of Christ seeks to be a transformative community, where we seek to express our faith in both word and action. Striving to reflect the inclusive love of God, we welcome all — and our congregation reflects a wonderful diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. If you’re just beginning to ask questions about God, thinking of returning to the church after an extended absence, or are a mature Christian seeking to grow, you can find a home here with us.


The Rev. Nancy Ellett Allison, PhD


Senior Pastor

Nancy first served Holy Covenant in 2000-2001 as Interim Pastor, returning in 2004 to accept the role of Senior Pastor. Ordained in 1981 at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas TX, she served as a missionary to Liberia early in her career, teaching at Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary. Coming back to the United States in 1990, Nancy served as Chaplain Coordinator for Baylor University Medical Center and as Family Coordinator for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. She also founded CityChurch: A Baptist Community of Grace in Dallas before moving to North Carolina in 1999.

Nancy earned her BA from Baylor University and her MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. A popular speaker, preacher and retreat leader, Nancy has written and edited for several publications, and serves as Secretary of the Southern Conference of the UCC and a member of the board of directors. With her husband Dale, Church Administrator for Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Nancy has two young adult daughters. For fun, Nancy enjoys working in her exuberant perennial flower garden.


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our church’s leadership


Steven Burleson

Youth Minister

“I have always been a strong proponent and advocate for students in the Church. When I was given the chance to minister to a caring community of adults and students that embodies love for all, there was no question in my mind that I would be investing in a worthwhile adventure!”

Steven, a native Charlottean, received his Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is also pursuing a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies. He is presently finishing a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Haden Institute and is currently an active Spiritual Director. Steven has worked in various ministry settings for the past ten years and has been serving Holy Covenant since October 2011. His favorite past-times include: reading, indulging in nerd culture, hiking, evening movie-watching, appreciating art in all forms, cooking, and hanging out with students.



Jared Fischer 

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Minister of Music

Holy Covenant is delighted to have  Jared Fischer (left) leading our dynamic music ministry.  Fischer has studied piano with distinguished musicians such as André De Groote, Evelyne Brancart, and Edmund Battersby, and holds a degree in piano performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. An active performer, he concertizes regularly in both solo and chamber recitals on the East Coast, West Coast, and in the Midwest. He has taught piano for over 10 years to students of all ages and levels and continues to be involved in a wide variety of teaching engagements while maintaining his own private studio. In addition to his studies and engagements in classical music, Fischer is an avid rock ‘n’ roll musician. He has developed a unique style of playing that draws upon his eclectic taste in popular, folk, rock, and independent music, and plays often in such projects.

We invite you to visit us and you will find an blend of traditional and contemporary music styles. Each Sunday we also try to present a variety of special music featuring various soloists and musicians.


All members of Holy Covenant
Lisa Cloninger, President
Meg Houlihan, Vice President
Robbie Furr, Secretary
Jeff Hughes, Treasurer
Elders Deacons

Lisa Cloninger

Tina Ettesen

Phil Kaveler

Tom McGraw
David Smith

Darline Warren

Terry Dennis

Alix Felsing

Robbie Furr
Meg Houlihan
Mary Lou Iantosca
Chuck Johnson

Julie McLelland

Susan Pascucci

Jeff Rivenbark

Hannah Magraw, Youth Representative

… our commitment to being Open & Affirming of all people
… our nearly 100-year history


A 20-minute video highlighting the history of Holy Covenant UCC: from our founding in downtown Charlotte in 1916 to our present incarnation as a vibrant, growing, Open & Affirming family of faith in north Charlotte.