Ed Brandt - Ed serves Church of the Covenant as the Lead Pastor. In addition to preaching, Ed’s additional responsibilities are planning worship, moderating the Session, Outreach and Adult Education. During the week Ed is in Arlington, Virginia serving as the Senior Army National Guard Chaplain and the United States Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the Army National Guard at the rank of Brigadier General. In that position he serves as the primary liaison to the United States Army Chief of Chaplains and provides advice and counsel to the Director of the Army National Guard, and resources, training and policy to over 800 chaplains serving nearly 350,000 Army National Guard Soldiers and their families. Ed deployed to Iraq from 2008-2009 and served as Brigade Chaplain to the 261st Signal Brigade.

He is a graduate of the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio; Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey; Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and a graduate of the United States Army War College, (In Residence), Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Ed has served pastorates ranging in size from 50 to 1200 in rural, suburban and urban settings from Pennsylvania, Delaware to Southern California. He served the larger church as Stated Clerk for Donegal Presbytery, chaired the Committee on Ministry and served as a Director on the Board of Pensions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that manages the $7 billion pension fund and medical plan for the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Office of the General Assembly selected Ed as a Parliamentarian for General Assembly and elected him to serve on the Quadrennial Review Committee for the General Assembly Council in the Mid-2000. He served as Parish Associate, Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA where he occasionally preached, taught and led a Veterans Group of approximately 25 people.

He is a member Association of the United States Army; the Brandywine Hundred Rotary Club, Wilmington, Delaware where he is a Paul Harris Fellow; a National Guard Association of Delaware and a Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kaiserslautern, Germany (Life Member).

Ed and Jane’s family is comprised of three children, two granddaughters and together they have one beautiful Akita named Brownie.

Email - edbrandt59@gmail.com

jonesGinny Jones - Ginny is Commissioned Lay Pastor (CLP) for Local Mission, leading the EDGE (EDgemoor Gardens Empowerment) Ministries program. Before enrolling in New Castle Presbytery's CLP program in 2009, Ginny had just retired from her own consulting business as a trainer and operations efficiency consultant in the trust banking industry. Upon completing her CLP studies through the presbytery and Dubuque Theological Seminary, Ginny was commissioned to serve PCOC in May, 2011.

Ginny joined PCOC in 2002 and has been active in women's ministry, served as Elder for the Fellowship Team and, most recently, been instrumental in developing relationships and programs for EDGE Ministries. Living in the North Hills community, Ginny is married to Keithley and they have five children and six grandchildren. Ginny enjoys filling her spare moments with cooking, reading, get-a-ways to the beach and time with her family. She also enjoys those opportunities to preach at PCOC and as a supply pastor for New Castle Presbytery.

A life verse for Ginny that has inspired her ministry is Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV): "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."

Email - ginnyjones12@verizon.net

championRyan Pryslak - Ryan is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a major in voice with a minor in church music. The new director has proficiency in both piano and organ and joins us with a lengthy roster of experience with vocal groups, choirs and hand bell ensembles. Ryan was the founder and director of The Opus One Jazz Ensemble, as well as, The Opus One Vocal Arts group. He was the founder and music director for The Mid Atlantic Chamber Singers. Over the past five years he has been an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington.

Ryan and his lovely wife Jessica are parents to an active 4-yr old son named Greyson and are patiently awaiting the arrival of a daughter in early August. He is employed full time at a large financial firm and resides within our local community.

Email - rpryslak@pcocps.org

longNancy Long - Nancy has been Covenant's Administrative Assistant since December 2004. She has been a Presbyterian all her life, including graduating from Westminster College, a small Presbyterian college in western Pennsylvania.

Nancy has worked at several office positions, but felt called to apply her clerical skills in a church setting. She has been very active in Presbyterian Women at the local, presbytery, and synod levels.

Nancy is married to Jeff and they have two children, Andrew and Kathryn.

A life verse for Nancy is Isaiah 40:11 (NIV): He tends his flocks like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. He gently leads those that have young.

Email - nlong@pcocps.org

zelinskiLeo Zelinski - Leo is Covenant's Sexton. Leo is responsible for keeping our building clean and well maintained. You will often find Leo with a paintbrush in his hand or patiently cleaning the many floors throughout the building. Leo is also responsible for the many setups needed for special events.

Leo has a favorite quote that he believes is a great motto to live by. That motto is "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."