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.



The Rev.  Susan MacDonald Roddey, D. Min.

Associate Pastor, Sharon Campus

Susan is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA) who will seek Dual Standing with the United Church of Christ as she comes to serve with us.  Susan’s primary responsibilities will be with the Sharon Campus where she will help plan and lead worship, preach occasionally, minister to visitors and members alike and coordinate administrative and outreach activities.

Susan comes to us with a wealth of experience in ministry.  She currently serves part time as a Pastoral Counselor with the Counseling Center at Charlotte, providing individual, couple and family counseling for clients with a variety of concerns.  From 2007-2010 she served as the Executive/Clinical Director for the Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center of Charlotte, and prior to that she worked as an Associate Pastor for First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte (2004-2007) and Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill, (1992-1997). Susan is a Davidson College graduate who then earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and later earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colombia Theological Seminary in Decatur.  Susan and her husband, Hunter, are the parents of two teenage children, Harry and Caroline.

music team





Meet our Music Ministers

Holy Covenant is delighted to have Monty Thayer (center) and Jared Fischer (left) leading our dynamic music ministry. Thayer leads music at our south Charlotte location on Sharon Road. Fischer leads music at our north Charlotte location on West W. T. Harris Boulevard.

Thayer has 46 years experience in various areas of music. He graduated from De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, and Foothill Junior College in Los Altos, CA. In 2005, Thayer was called to serve as the pianist and handbell choir director at Sharon Forest Baptist Church in Charlotte. From 1993 to 1995, he was the director of music and pianist at St. Francis United Methodist Church and United Methodist Church Charlotte. Between 1971 and1985, Thayer served in a number of music leadership roles at churches in California. In addition to being an accomplished sight reader, Thayer plays popular, jazz and classical music, and is skilled in playing both piano and organ.

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 in addition to 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 both locations where 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.