Leadership

Rev. Eric Watkins, Ph.D., Senior Pastor

Eric B. Watkins

Eric Watkins grew up in a non-Christian military home in North Carolina. His teenage years were dark and dangerous, clearly preserved by the grace of God. He came to Christ at age 21, ironically while following the Grateful Dead around the country. At the end of a long, strange trip, someone gave him a Bible to read, and in the pages of Scripture,he met the Lord Jesus Christ, who convicted him of his sins and comforted him with the gospel of grace. This began the hard process of learning how to read the Bible and how to live what it teaches—a process which ultimately led to falling in love with the Reformed faith.

Theological University Kampen

Since becoming a Christian, Pastor Eric has been a life-long student. His first degree is an A.A. in Therapeutic Recreation. He received his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Bible College. He became curious about the biblical languages and the Reformed faith in Bible College, and thus continued on to Westminster Theological Seminary in California where he earned his Master of Divinity (with a counseling minor). Questions related to church history led him to pursue a ThM in Reformation studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. In May of 2016, he graduated with a PhD in Homiletics (preaching) from the Theological University in Kampen, the Netherlands.

Pastor Eric Preaching at Covenant

Pastor Eric has been a minister in the OPC since 2001, following a year-long internship at Harvest OPC in Vista, CA. He was first an associate pastor and then a church planter in Orlando, FL. He came to Saint Augustine to plant Covenant Presbyterian Church in late 2007.

Pastor Eric strongly believes in preaching Christ from all of Scripture for all of life, and is passionate about evangelism, discipleship, and the beauty of Reformed worship. He hopes to be at CPC for a long time, and rejoices at the great work that God is doing in the church.

One of Eric’s favorite pasttimes

God has given Pastor Eric a wonderful wife in Heather. They were married in 1996 and spent their honeymoon here in St. Augustine. They now have three delightful children, Kirra, Carl, and Liam. Eric’s mother Neda also lives with the family. The Watkins are hoping to adopt more children in the near future.

Pastor Eric’s pastimes are surfing, beach volleyball, and playing guitar; but above all, he loves being with his family.

Eric Watkins

Pastor Eric is currently enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical following nearly a decade of continuous, faithful work in the service of Covenant OPC.

For the duration of his absence, pastoral inquiries may be directed to Associate Pastor Bill Hobbs.
bill.hobbs@covenant-opchurch.org

Rev. Bill Hobbs, Associate Pastor

Rev. Bill Hobbs

William M. Hobbs was called to be the part-time associate pastor of Covenant in October of 2016, after retiring as pastor of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, which he served for 24 years. He holds degrees from Davidson College, the University of Virginia, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Before entering the ministry, he was a cost accountant in North Carolina and a diaconal missionary in Africa. He is married to Mimi, has two children, four grandchildren, and four greyhounds. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and reading mysteries.

Rev. Bill Hobbs

Pastor Hobbs is currently serving as primary pastor while Eric Watkins is away on sabbatical.

Associate Pastor Bill Hobbs may be reached at bill.hobbs@covenant-opchurch.org

Elders

Mel Lewis

Elder

Mel Lewis

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Mark Sluder

Elder

Mark Sluder

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Joe Provenza

Elder

Joe Provenza

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Doug Duggan

Elder

Doug Duggan

Doug loves welcoming visitors to Covenant, having lived and traveled all over. He is married, with 3 adult children and 11 grandchildren. Doug works in real estate, with prior experience in aerospace and technology, and enjoys playing guitar, weightlifting, and reading.

Edward 't Hart

Elder

Edward 't Hart

Ed is husband to Emily and father of 2 beautiful girls. He works as a metallurgist/process engineer in mineral processing/mining.
Ed grew up in Australia, and joined Covenant in 2015 when he moved to the area from Canada.

 

Deacons

Steve Stone

Deacon

Steve Stone

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Jesse Laprees

Deacon

Jesse Laprees

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Walt Muller

Deacon

Walt Muller

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Stephen Kyle

Deacon

Stephen Kyle

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Bill Fisher

Deacon Emeritus

Bill Fisher

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