Reverend J. Beth Goss
Beth has been pastor at Church of the Covenant since August of 2008. She describes herself as an imperfect follower of Jesus, called to walk alongside others, wherever they are in their own spiritual journeys. Beth became a "second career" pastor in 2000, along a path in life from being a preacher's kid, to working in business (as a CPA with Arthur Anderson & Co in Chicago and Miami) to seminary at Princeton Theological Seminary. Beth and husband Rollie met in the high school youth group at The Village Church in Northbrook, Illinois, where Beth's dad was a pastor. Rollie and Beth lived for nearly 20 years in Miami, Florida, where their three sons--Carl, Blake, and Emery--were born. Volunteering with survivors of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 put Beth on a path to serving the church. She is still active in the disaster response communities from Northern Virginia and serves on the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team. Rollie is an attorney and practices in the District of Columbia. They enjoy baseball (yea, Nats!), opera, and traveling around the county to visit their spread out family. Whenever possible, Beth still pretends to be a farmer by puttering around in the garden and digging in the dirt and playing in the greenhouse.
I'm passionate about...
- adventurous faith
- good preaching
- vibrant worship
- Church of the Covenant's transforming mission
I am an active participant in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's National Response Team and I meet regularly with government and interfaith groups to promote readiness and response to disasters—both natural and human-caused—in partnership with many faith communities. I occasionally blog at http://pastorbethatcovenant.blogspot.com
I think life is about relationships of love...with God, with neighbors, with family. Good discussion is part of those relationships, and good questions are part of those discussions. Church of the Covenant promotes good questions because we are serious about growing disciples of Jesus Christ, growing in love and community.
"Talk Back to the Preacher" is a different format for the sermon. In the summer, I use a more interactive/discussion format for meditating on the biblical text. I ask for specific feedback from the people and we have a conversation together about it. The notes indicate my own reading and thoughts, but people come with different expectations, ideas, and concerns. When we talk about the text together, the Holy Spirit will take it where it needs to go. What happens on a Sunday morning may be very different from the notes I bring in. We trust that, together, God will have us hear what we need to hear. I invite the feedback from all.
Rev. Dr. Campbell Hackett
Director of Christian Education
Campbell joined the Church of the Covenant Family in July of 2016 as the Director of Christian Education.
A cradle Presbyterian, Campbell grew up attending Montreat Youth Conferences and other church camps. She has always been active in the life of the church.
Campbell graduated from Davidson College, which is a Presbyterian school, in 2000 with a BA in Philosophy. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Christian Education in 2004. In 2009, Campbell graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary (again!) with a Ph.D. in Practical Theology focused on Christian Education and Spiritual Formation. Campbell was a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University for six years (2010-2016). She also has experience with teaching (at Wesley Seminary, Princeton University, and Princeton Theological Seminary), hospital chaplaincy, and working with adults with mental and behavioral disabilities. She was ordained in April of 2016.
Campbell and her family just moved to Falls Church, VA (after six years in the district). Her husband Conrad is a demographer at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. He is also a Twitter rock star (at least for a demographer). Campbell and Conrad have two children—Harry, a rising middle-schooler and Ella, a rising first grader. Harry’s interests include spelling, geography, and Magic: The Gathering (a card game). Ella’s interests include nature, art, and My Little Ponies. Campbell’s hobbies include cooking, painting, arts & crafts, Sudoku, listening to podcasts, and relaxing on the beach.
Campbell is interested in spiritual formation in children and adults. She especially wants to help children to learn about God through Biblical stories. She also wants to help children learn what it means to be a community of God. Her ministry is focused on fellowship and care. Her theological interests include social justice, peacemaking and ethics. Her primary focus is directing The Backyard: Wednesday Kids’ Club, an afterschool program for religious education geared toward local elementary school students.
Organist and Choir Director
Barbara has directed the senior and junior choirs at Church of the Covenant since 1985. Over the years, she has directed performances of many of the choral masterpieces, including Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G; Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio; Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Faure’s Requiem, and Rutter’s Requiem and excerpts from his Magnificat. In addition to the classical choral repertoire, she incorporates a variety of musical genres into the typical church service, including contemporary sacred music, spirituals, popular music, and show tunes. Barbara happily works with singers at every level of experience and ability. Indeed, she has a particular knack for recruiting the musical neophyte, working with them to develop their singing voice and ultimately generating wonderful singing tone and ability. With a degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Barbara is an accomplished organist and pianist who performs with unparalleled depth, precision, and musicality. Finally, she works with the children’s choir at Church of the Covenant, skillfully training these very young children (some as young as three years of age) to use proper vocal technique, sing in an ensemble; and develop an appreciation for music and music performance. Prior to coming to Church of the Covenant, Barbara directed large adult choirs in Africa (Lusaka, Zambia) and Central America (Tegucigalpa, Honduras). Before moving overseas with her husband, she was music director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLean, VA; District Heights Presbyterian Church in District Heights, MD; and First Christian Church in Alexandria, VA. In addition to her responsibilities at Church of the Covenant, Barbara privately teaches piano, organ, and voice.
Karen Freeman was born in La Paz, Bolivia. She moved to Arlington, Virginia at the age of 4 and has lived here ever since. She graduated from Yorktown High School in 2001 and has now come to join our Administrative team here at the Church of the Covenant. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has a passion for serving the Lord.
Leon has been the faithful custodian at Covenant for the past 17 years. He works around the schedule of the many activities and events held at the church. Whether it is a drink spilled at the last meeting or trash and recycling, Leon cheerfully keeps us looking good.