Christ Covenant Interim Session Members

 
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JOE MAGRI

Joe serves as Pastor for Mercy at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. Joe has been a member of Trinity since 1991 and has served the church as a deacon, an elder, and a teaching elder. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, and five grandchildren. Though he lived in Atlanta, GA and Naples, FL before coming to Charlottesville, Joe still considers Cleveland, OH his hometown. Joe holds a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary - Washington, D.C., and is a Doctoral Ministry candidate at Knox Theological seminary.

 

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DEREK MCFARLAND

Derek and Carrie started dating while she was at Virginia Tech and he was at the Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE ’88). They were married a year later and embarked on an exciting life
together. After four years serving as a commissioned officer in the US Army Combat Engineers, which took him to Korea and the Persian Gulf, Derek and Carrie moved to Indiana where he began a career in engineering and construction. They moved to Virginia in 1997, returning to the state they fell in love with while in college. They have four grown children (Caleb, Jessica, Taryn and Connor), lots of animals, and have been members of Christ Covenant since 2014. In addition to various engineering and management roles, Derek served as an Executive Pastor for four years. They share a love of the outdoors, with hiking and visiting national parks a favorite pastime.

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WILLIAM H. PORTER

Born in Lynchburg, VA, Bill graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE ’71). He recently retired from his career in engineering design, construction, and management of truly interesting and unique projects. Since 1976, Bill has served as an elder in three different PCA churches, most recently at Trinity Church in Charlottesville. Using his degree in Theology from Covenant Seminary (MATS ’12), he has served on the national RUF Permanent Committee and is currently serving his second term as the moderator of Blue Ridge Presbytery. Bill and Sheila began their married life in Richmond, VA in 1974, but have spent most of their lives in Charlottesville. They have two adult children and three perfect grandchildren. Some of Bill’s favorite things in life are the church, traveling, raising bees, collecting books, working with wood, and going to PCA’s General Assembly.

 
 
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FRANKLIN ROOT

Franklin L. Root is 65 years old and came to faith around age 40. He quickly came to love the scriptures and has developed a passion for the Old Testament, especially Messianic prophecies and pictures of salvation by grace. He is a charter member of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Waynesboro, VA where he has served as a ruling elder for 15 years (now emeritus). Frank has led small groups and summer book studies, often teaches Adult Sunday School, and occasionally fills the pulpit. Frank has been active in the Presbytery of the Blue Ridge, where he has served on the Church Planting Committee, has served on the temporary sessions of three mission churches and was served as moderator of the Presbytery in 2012. In 2007, Frank was invited to teach a pastor's conference in Kenya, where the focus was on Old Testament grace. Professionally, Root is a 47-year veteran of the real estate business and is the co­founder and CEO of a small real estate development, construction, and investment company with 40 employees. He and Chris, his wife of 41 years, live on a small farm just outside Staunton, VA. Their daughter and son-in-law have blessed them with four grandchildren. Root also enjoys flying antique airplanes from the grass strip behind his home and owns a very original 1918 Curtiss Jenny which is undergoing total restoration.

 
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MIKE SHARRETT

Mike and Janice met at Gettysburg College and have been married for 40 years. The Lord has taken them on a journey to serve churches in Charlottesville, VA, Ft. Worth, TX and, from 2004-2015, Lynchburg, VA. Mike then served as an interim pastor in Willow Grove, PA and now is an interim in College Park, MD. Jan is retired form teaching middle school math, science and Bible for a classical Christian school in Lynchburg and enjoys reading and nature stuff. Mike enjoys golf, writing books, and outdoorsy stuff. They enjoy the beach, the mountains and walks. They have three grown children: Mike, a financial advisor in Lynchburg, married to Kristen; Luke, a free-lance photojournalist in Louisville; and Laura, on staff with RUF at Emory in Atlanta. They are also blessed with four grandsons.

 
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JOE SLATER

Joe is a native of Arlington, VA, a graduate of JMU and Reformed Theological Seminary, a former teacher, coach, and youth pastor. He’s been a husband to Terri for thirty years and is a father of five; the oldest three of whom all married this past summer (you read that right...three weddings in the space of eight weeks!!). He started RUF at JMU in the fall of 2013, and is loving every minute of it. Joe loves Jesus, sports (especially football and soccer), the outdoors, good coffee, and good food.