Yakima Covenant Staff

Meet our staff at Yakima Covenant Church. Our hardworking staff is a family and are committed to putting Jesus at the center of all they do at home, work, and in the community.

  • Dean Nelson - Senior Pastor

    Coffee Profile: Velvet Hammer is intense in every category.  Sharp acidity and smooth smokey flavor. 

    Job Description: As Senior Pastor, Dean guides the church's vision and provides leadership through teaching, preaching, and empowering the staff and congregation.

    Favorite Scripture: But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.  They spread their wings and soar like eagles.  They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.  Isaiah 40:31

    Email: dean@yakimacovenant.org

  • Josh Cavallo - Worship Pastor

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    Email: josh@yakimacovenant.org

  • Thomas Sudbury, Creative Arts Pastor

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    Email: thomas@yakimacovenant.org

  • Denise Syverson - Office Manager

    Coffee Profile: Tall nonfat mocha with extra chocolate.

    Job Description: Denise manages the general flow of office information and systems at Yakima Covenant  to ensure our church is functioning as smoothly as possible.

    Favorite Scripture: I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1

    Email: denise@yakimacovenant.org

  • Clarence Leach - Custodian

    Coffee Profile: Black.

    Job Description: As custodian, Clarence works to take care of our building and grounds. Clarence ensures everything is sparkling clean, sets up for all events, and even handles minor repairs.

    Favorite Scripture: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

    Contact: 966-1900

  • Megan Jevne- Preschool Director

    Coffee Profile:  Cold Brew with a splash of oat milk

    Loves:  Plants, leopard print, shopping and her family. 

    Job Description: Megan oversees the daily activities and operations of Wonderland Preschool. She works hard to provide a welcoming environment for all students, families and teachers.

    Favorite Scripture: "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." Psalms 91:4

  • Jamie Leaverton - Preschool Teacher

    Coffee Profile: Hot or iced  lattes.


    Job Description: Co-teacher for our 3-year-old classes (Orange & Green Classes).  Jamie brings her deep love of Jesus to work, warm smile and excitement for learning to school each day. She is kind, patient and loving to all students. 

    Favorite Scripture: For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him may not be perish, but may have eternal life. John 3:16

  • Tami Abel - Preschool Teacher

    Coffee profile: Skinny iced vanilla lattes. Hot on cold days and iced on hot days.

    Loves: Plants, flowers and scrapbooking. 

    Job Description: Co-teacher for our 3-year-old classes (Orange & Green Classes). Tami is creative and energetic. She creates a fun and colorful classroom to help our youngest students learn and thrive. 

    Favorite Scripture: The Lord is my rock. Psalm 18:2

  • Jenifer Knight- Preschool Teacher

    Coffee Profile:  Skinny Iced Vanilla Latte

    Loves: Thrifting and spending time with her family.

    Job Description: Co-teacher of Full day PK class (Red Class). 

    Jenifer brings experience, love and enthusiasm to our school. She is always smiling and helping out students and coworkers. 

    Favorite Scripture: I give you a new command: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must also love one another." John 13:34.

  • Monica Johnson - Preschool Teacher

    Coffee Profile: Starbucks "Pink Drink" or Iced Tea


    Job Description: Co-teacher of Full day PK class (Red Class). 

    Monica brings warmth, patience, and understanding to the classroom every day, encouraging our preschoolers to learn and grow.

    Favorite Scripture: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

  • Cami Davis - Preschool Teacher

    Coffee Profile: Peppermint Mocha

    Loves: Shopping, leopard print and bees. 

    Job Description: Co-teacher for the three day a week PK class (Purple Class). 

    Cami works to nourish curiosity through learning and exploring to create a future full of lifelong learners in our preschool students. 

    Favorite Scripture: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

  • Griselda Gonzalez - Preschool Teacher

    Coffee Profile: Iced or hot Americano with half & half


    Job Description: Co-teacher in the three day a week PK class (Purple Class). 

    Griselda brings encourage social interactions and foster a creative learning environment at Wonderland preschool.

    Favorite Scripture: Blessed are the pure, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 

  • Alison Althauser - Preschool Teacher

    Coffee Profile: All. The. Coffee.

    Loves: Cooking, reading and exploring the outdoors and LOVES pastries too!

    Job Description: Co-teacher for the AM PK Class (Blue Class).

    Alison is organized and creative. She brings engaging activities to her classroom to help children learn and grow while having fun. 

    Favorite Scripture: Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

  • Kristen Haubrich - Preschool Teacher

    Coffee Profile: Iced Vanilla Lattes

    Loves: Sunshine, summer, boats and beaches. 

    Job Description: Co-teacher for the AM PK Class (Blue Class).

    Kristen is kind and compassionate. She provides a loving and safe environment for her students to grow and thrive.  

    Favorite Scripture: 'The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul: he guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me." Psalms  23: 1-4