Covenant-First Presbyterian Church


Rev. Russell Smith, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff
Russell grew up in Columbia, SC as a member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church. Through that congregation, Russell began participating in the Salkehatchie Summer Service project, which brings together youth and adult volunteers to renovate the homes of the rural and urban poor in South Carolina. From that experience, he developed an interest in missions, both local and foreign. Many years later, Russell experienced his call to ministry while serving as an adult volunteer with the Salkehatchie program.Russell studied English Literature at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Following graduation, he worked as a radio announcer for WFDD public radio, a technical trainer for Wachovia Corporation, and as an independent producer of Christian drama. Russell received a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. In 2011, he was awarded a Masters in Philosophy in Ancient Studies through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Russell and his wife Tammy came to Cincinnati in 2001. They live in Pleasant Ridge with their two daughters Sarah Grace and Annalise. Russell and Tammy enjoy spending time with their children, cooking, reading good books, and attending performing arts of all varieties. In 2012, Russell published his first novel, Prophet of the Sun.

David Schroeder, Building Superintendant since November 1996.

Bonnie Richardson, Administrative Assistant
Bonnie became Covenant-First's Administrative Assistant in July 2009. A graduate of Walnut Hills H.S., she earned a certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Cincinnati and spent over 20 years at Gibson Greeting Cards. Bonnie also serves as a beloved Sunday School teacher and choir member at Morning Star Baptist Church where she has been a member for 39 years. She and her husband of 30 years, Darrell, reside in Montgomery and are the proud parents of two grown sons. When she is not busy managing the church office, Bonnie enjoys reading and going to movies.

Mary Ann Jordan, Inspiration At Noon organist

Bob McKnight, Custodian