Leadership & Staff

Covenant Presbyterian Church Leadership & Staff

If you are looking for a church home, please consider Covenant Presbyterian Church. Here you will find a wealth of teaching, warm fellowship, and opportunities to grow in your Christian walk. To learn more about us, please talk to an elder or deacon.


Covenant Presbyterian Church is governed by a session of ruling elders. They carry out the oversight and maintainance of the spiritual government of the church , along with the board of deacons, who manage our facilities, financial operations and minister to those who are in need.

Ruling Elders

Alan Pitts RE

Alan Pitts grew up in Pleasant Grove, a suburb of Birmingham, graduating from the University of Alabama with a Master’s degree in History. He began attending Briarwood Presbyterian Church in 1980 and met his future wife Ginger in the Twenty-Five and Alive ministry. They married in 1984 and have two sons; Geoffrey and Eric. During his career, Alan designed software for churches, telephone companies, banks, commercial insurance and construction businesses.

Alan and Ginger supported several different ministries at Briarwood; Alan serving as a Deacon twelve years, while Ginger taught a number of women’s studies. Alan and Ginger came to Phoenix and joined Covenant in 2010, Alan becoming a Ruling Elder in January 2012. He enjoys college football, movies, family research and American history.

Pastor Paul Muresan TE/Moderator

David Campbell RE/Advisor


Charles “Chuck” Barton

Charles “Chuck” Barton lived in Fort Worth, TX until age nine. His family then moved to Kansas, Colorado and eventually California. Graduating from Oakland High School in 1951, he served four years in the U.S. Navy. He later earned a business degree from East Los Angeles Community College. Chuck married Audrey Taplin In October 1955 and enjoyed 57 years together, having a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. Chuck and Audrey lived in Scottsdale, Tucson, Payson, and Sun City West. They moved from Payson to Salem OR in 2006, coming back to Sun City West two years later. While in the wholesale apparel business, Chuck traveled California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Audrey passed away in February 2013, and Chuck later decided to become a permanent resident here. He met Marjorie Barchenger at Covenant where they married in February, 2015. Elected as a deacon, Chuck has also served as church treasurer. When not working at church, Chuck plays golf and enjoys time with friends and family.

Lawrence Coldon

Lawrence Coldon is a retired Technical Specialist, who worked for Compass Learning Inc. as lead project manager in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With his computer expertise, he managed a major three-year data integration project for LAUSD. Lawrence is married to Goldia, and they have a daughter.

His Christian experience began at an early age, as his Mother insisted on her children’s inclusion in all Christian services. Lawrence continues to grow in his faith and Christian experience. He has long been active in the Gideons International, and in the churches the Coldons have attended. Lawrence was a Sunday School teacher at McCarty Memorial Church in Los Angeles, was ordained a deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Bakersfield, CA, and elected a deacon at Covenant in March 2018.

Don Duncan

Don Duncan is a native son of Texas who grew up in Olathe KS. Graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute of Technology), Don was employed by General Motors for thirty-eight years. He worked as Maintenance General Supervisor, Superintendent of Tools and Manufacturing engineering, and finally Superintendent of Research and Development for high performance rare earth magnets.

Married for fifty-four years, Don and Ilma have three daughters, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. After retirement, Don and Ilma moved to Surprise AZ in 2007. They joined Covenant in 2010, where Don has been serving as Deacon since 2013. His many hobbies include designing, building and flying model airplanes; bicycling and classic automobile restoration.

Mike Sundell

Mike Sundell became a Deacon of Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2016. Born in Pennsylvania, Mike has been sales manager and company owner, working in Des Moines IA, Toledo OH, Greenville SC and elsewhere during a long and successful business career. Mike and Denyse married in 1984 and moved to Sun City West in 2014. At last count Mike and Denyse have 10 children, 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren!

Ron Shelley


Jan English, Office Manager

Jan was born and raised in Mississippi, where she was baptized in the Baptist Church. As a USAF daughter and wife, she traveled the world and remained active in base chapels all along the way. During those years, she served on chapel boards, Protestant Women of the Chapel board, taught Sunday School and VBS while raising her children, Austin, Candace, Taylor, and Evan. She now has 5 grandchildren and hopes for more.

Jan came to Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2014 from Desert Springs Presbyterian in Tucson, AZ, where she joined the PCA.

June Ruyle, Organist

June Ruyle came to Covenant in October 2012. She has a background of playing church organs most of her life. June especially loves the hymns and gospel songs used in the evangelical churches where she has played. Ten years previous to Covenant she was the organist for a Lutheran church and still enjoys using Advent, Lent, and Easter hymns seasonally.

Along with music June has dedicated much of her time to church librarianship. She served a Lutheran day school as librarian and board member for seven years before moving to Arizona. She is an avid advocate for utilizing small group Bible studies as a way to reach neighbors and introduce them to the Good News. In these groups the Bible is openly discussed and leaders are trained to include those who appear to have questions, which oftentimes sparks further discussion.

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