Central Conference Staff

The Central Conference staff is essential to fulfilling the Great Commission in this region as gifted people give time, vision, and industry to the relationships and ministries that plant, unite and strengthen our churches. Contact the staff by email at info(at)centralconf.org or call the conference office at (773) 267-3060.

Conference Staff


Rev. Danny Martinez serves as the executive pastor for the Central Conference ministries and staff.

Associate Superintendent/ Director of Mission and Outreach
Rev. Deborah Griffith Samuels serves churches in the areas of Christian formation and ministries of compassion, mercy and justice.

Central Conference Manager
Patty Shepherd serves as the Central Conference manager for the conference ministries and staff.

Associate Superintendent/ Director of Congregational Vitality
Rev. Peter Sjoblom serves churches in the area of congregational health and revitalization.

Director of Congregational Care
Rev. Jill Lind serves pastors and congregations in the area of congregational care, providing workshops and resources requested by local Covenant churches.

Board & Commission Chairpersons

Executive Board Chair –┬áRebecca C. Nakamura
Women Ministries Board – Jacque Swanson
Ministerial Association Board – Rev. Richard J. Lindholtz
Christian Formation Commission – Rev. Debbie Griffith Samuels
Nominating Commission – Sally Pierce
Prayer and Evangelism Commission – Rev. Richard J. Lindholtz
Women Clergy Association – Rev. Drusilla McLeland

For a listing of boards, commissions, and groups, click here.