Staff Directory

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As a response to God’s love, The Church of the Covenant is called to spread the Good News of new life offered in Jesus Christ, so that people may be transformed into Christ’s faithful disciples to the Glory of God.  Christ Centered – Biblically Based – Servant led and Blessed to be a blessing

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Reverend Dr. Stuart D. Broberg | Pastor

Dr. Broberg

The Reverend Dr. Stuart D. Broberg has served as Pastor/ Head of Staff of The Church of the Covenant, Washington, PA since October 2008. He has served as Assistant to the President of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and pastorates in Birmingham, Michigan, Hickory, Pennsylvania, Des Moines, Iowa and Alexandria, Virginia –this last pastorate, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He has served interim pastorates at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pittsburgh and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, PA. He attended Dickinson College and the Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1990. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Waynesburg University in 2011.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Foundation and its Investment Committee, the Board of Managers of the New Wilmington Mission Conference, and the PEER Network (Presbyterian Endowment Education and Resources Network). He has served as Chair of the Major Gifts Committee and Chair of the Planned Giving Committee of National Capital Presbytery, as well as Clerk of the Permanent Judicial Commission. He has served as Chair of the World Mission Initiative of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He has served as Chair of Council for Pittsburgh Presbytery, Chair of Finance Committee and has served as Secretary and Board member of the Pittsburgh Presbyterian Foundation. In Washington Presbytery he has served as its Moderator and on the Council, as well as on the Permanent Judicial Commission, and served as chair of the Executive Presbyter Search Committee. He has served as Vice Chair of the Franklin Graham Festival of Hope in downtown Pittsburgh, August 2014.  He is President of the Board of Camp Pine Springs, Jennerstown, PA   Finally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Waynesburg University, where he serves as Chair of the Academic Matters Committee.

A lifelong Presbyterian, born and raised in Washington County, ordained by Washington Presbytery thirty plus years ago, he speaks extensively about issues of stewardship, endowment building, capital campaigns, church revitalization and growth, worship and preaching, and church spiritual renewal throughout the denomination. His credo is St. Augustine’s –“Work as though everything depends upon you; pray as though everything depends upon God.”

 To contact Dr. Broberg call his office: 724-222-0190 x 117 or email

Rev. Kay Balderose | Minister of Christian Education

After a few years as a COBOL programmer, Kay felt God’s strong call to ministry. She tells anyone who will listen about the joy that comes through a relationship with Jesus and the life changing difference knowing Him makes. Kay was ordained in 2002 to Associate Pastor, Oreland Presbyterian Church near Philadelphia. In 2009 she was called as Associate Pastor for First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, where she was the first ordained woman to join the pastoral staff.

Kay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Westminster College and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She previously served as Director of Christian Education, Director of Women’s Ministries and Website editor for North Shore Christian Network, all in Massachusetts.  Her love for teaching children and sharing the stories of Jesus with them in creative ways was a major factor in her career change from programming to ministry. During her tenure at Oreland Presbyterian Church she worked actively in the scheduling and coordination of the Adult Christian Education program, which encompassed four or five classes per 6-week cycle during the school year.

She married George Balderose in 2009. Their blended family includes six adult children, four grandchildren and two dogs. To relax, she enjoys solo canoeing, hiking in the woods looking for birds or quilting. They reside in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Pastor Kay can reached at her office number 724-222-0190 x 115 or


Jessica Hickman – Director of Christian Education 

Hello! I Jessica Hickmanwanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I am Jessica Hickman and I have been given the awesome opportunity of being the Children’s Education Program Manager! This position will allow me to organize and lead many of the incredible education programs that we have. The first one being VBS! I am so excited to be able to lead this wonderful program and watch God touch the lives and hearts of our you people…both attendees and helpers!

My husband, Keith, and I were both raised in the COTC and are happy to call this church ‘home’. We have 3 children, Emelia (11), Adeline (6), and Samuel (3) who have formed a love of this church and its members. They have been enjoying the variety of opportunities this church offers them to further develop their relationships with God. Growing up, I had many opportunities to work in the Christian Ed field. I helped with Sunday school, helped with VBS and worked in the nursery. I look forward to working with you to continue the quality education programs and experiences that the COTC has been know for. I can be reached at 716-499-8157, or by email

Debi Nicolella | Church Administrator

DebiThe job of Church Administrator is a wonderful way to serve the congregation, the church and the Lord! What a blessing it is to work in a church and begin each day walking into this beautiful building! Dental Hygiene was my first profession, but my passion for the church and desire to serve are the credentials that brought me to this office. I find that my biggest job is communication. This is essential for smooth operation of any organization – churches included! The weekly worship bulletin, monthly newsletter, and scheduling the church calendar of events  and maintaining the church website are a few of my many responsibilities.
As a life long member I am proud to have raised my family here. My wonderful husband Anthony and I are the parents of three amazing young adults, Abbi, Vincent and Jacob. We have been blessed beyond words.  Email address:

Kayla Goncalves | Interim Director of Youth Ministry

I just graduated from Waynesburg University with Bachelors of Arts in Music Ministry and a Minor in Biblical Ministry Studies. I was born in South Florida, but raised in a Brazilian culture. Both my parents were born in Brazil in the same State of Minas Gerais. I have traveled to Brazil many times with my family and it is a place I hold near and dear to my heart, I consider it to be my second home. Brazilians are very vibrant people who love to sing, dance and eat a wide variety of foods. My family is a huge part of my life and I Thank God for blessing me with such a unique one. We are a proud family of five made up by my Father Wilson, Mother Edilene, Brother Wil, Sister Kelly and myself. Being far from my family is difficult, but their support and love is never the less felt through the distances. I am so honored and grateful to be here at The Church of the Covenant and given this opportunity to serve in the Youth Ministry! Looking forward to doing ministry with you.  Email:

Camille Braun | Director of Preschool

DSCN2358_editedHello there—My name is Camille Braun and I am the luckiest person to be the Preschool Director. I think children are just awesome. I have a BS degree in Speech Pathology from IUP and my Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Radford University. I have been the director for 20 years and enjoy every minute. I am proud to say that I provide along with my staff of 8 a great Christian environment with the ability to encourage children to have fun and enjoy being a preschooler. I am happily married to Joel and have two awesome sons, Geoff and Grant. We all lead a very busy family life but take the time to enjoy our hobbies and feel blessed for these opportunities.
I would enjoy speaking with you about our church preschool. You can contact me at the below email address or call the Church. Our mission statement : Children Growing in God’s Love.

Darla J. Pepper-Miller | Director of Music Ministries

100_1494The Director of Music Ministries at  The Church of the Covenant oversees all music programs at the church. These include The Covenant Choir, the adult choir; Teens For Christ, the choir for ages 13 and up; The Covenant Kids’ Choir, for children ages 4 to 12; The Jubilate Ringers, the adult bell ringers; and, The Covenant Ringers, the teenage bell ringers.

Cyndi Barney – Sexton

100_1499Hey, my name is Cyndi and I’ve worked at the C.O.C for fourteen years. I am married to a wonderful man and have two great children. My extended family includes two main coon cats and retrievers of every color! When I was first employed at the church my duties included cleaning, setting-up for events and helping with weddings and other special occasions. My love for cooking has been utilized in a number of ways at the church and for many different events. Of course, all are welcome. We would love to have you join us!


Ralph Farabee | Building and Grounds Supervisor
100_1503My ministry is to take care of the facilities of the church. This responsibility includes the church building, as well as the ministry houses and rental properties associated with it. I have been employed since August 1999, and look forward to serving g the church for much longer. My wife Janet and I have been married since 1982 and have two wonderful children, Jillian and Sam. My door is always open and together I pray that we will grow this church and reach the world for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Pat Sanders | Administrative Assistant


Victoria Gregg – Financial Admin