Our History

New Covenant Presbyterian Church was organized May 29, 1983, when two hundred and fifty members of the South Aiken Presbyterian Church, under the leadership of Rev. Daniel E. Deaton, voted to form a new church and join the Presbyterian Church in America, rather than enter into the newly formed Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For three years the church rented the auditorium and several classrooms of South Aiken High School for worship services and Sunday school. 

In December of 1983, the church purchased eleven acres of land adjacent to the Hitchcock Woods on the Hitchcock Parkway.  Fifteen months later, in March of 1985, the congregation approved the recommendation of the Session to sell bonds to finance the construction of a new church building on that property.  The sale was completed in three days and on November 10, 1985, a praise and thanksgiving service was held at the building site with construction well underway.  On Easter Sunday, March 30, 1986, our first worship service was held with a record attendance of three hundred and forty-nine.  The building was of 17,000 square feet, consisting of twelve classrooms, kitchen, choir room, conference room, library and three offices. 

In March of 1985, Richard Weldon was called to serve as a part-time staff counselor at the church and in April the following year Mrs. Wilma Franz became the Church Organist.  sanctuary-NCPC

In June of 1986, Rev. Dan Deaton announced his resignation as senior pastor to become a chaplain in the U. S. Navy, having been already serving in the Naval Reserve.  Dr. Paul Fowler and Dr. Igou Hodges of Columbia Biblical Seminary served as interim pastors until Rev. Jim Serio was called as senior pastor early in 1987.  He continued in that office until 1990. 

In July of 1988, Rev. Doug Domin came on staff as assistant pastor, and in August of 1989, he became associate pastor. 

An educational wing with nine classrooms was added to the church, and the church office was expanded in 1990, increasing the square footage of the church building to 22,000. 

After the departure of Rev. Jim Serio, Rev. Ronald L. Shaw was called as senior pastor in November, 1990.  He continued in that office until April of 1993, when he accepted a call to serve with Mission to the World (MTW), the international missions agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. 

In September of 1992, Kevin Thumpston was became New Covenant’s first director of student ministries.  While serving at NCPC, Kevin met his wife, Andrea.  In June of 1995, Kevin and Andrea moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Covenant Theological Seminary.  Today, Kevin pastors the Watershed Fellowship, a church plant of Palmetto Presbytery in Lexington, South Carolina. 

Immediately following the departure of Kevin Thumpston, Steve Lammers was hired to serve as the director of student ministries. In May of 1997, Steve moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. After graduating, Steve became a campus pastor with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), the campus ministry agency of the Presbyterian Church in America.

In March of 1996, Rev. Doug Domin announced his resignation after accepting a call to plant a church in Concord, New Hampshire, with Mission to North America (MNA), the home missions agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. Doug served as pastor of the Christ Church of Concord, New Hampshire for 19 years until 2015 when he resigned to accept a position as Associate Pastor at Peace PCA Church in Cary, North Carolina

In November of 1996, Dr. James Simoneau was called as senior pastor.  He continued in that office until 2002.  

In May of 1997, Blue Thomas was called as the director of student ministries, and was ordained and installed as an assistant pastor in August of 2002. He continued in that office until 2004. 

In July of 1998, Rev. W. Wesley Holland, Jr., came on staff as assistant pastor and in January of 2001, he became associate pastor. He continued in that office until 2006. 

In December of 2002, Dr. James R. Simoneau submitted his resignation as senior pastor to take up a call to the Young Meadows Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where he continues to serve today. 

In September of 2003, Rev. Mike Phillips was called as senior pastor.  He continued in that office until 2012. 

In March of 2004, the Congregation voted to approve the Session’s recommendation to purchase an additional 7.5 acres adjoining the church property (100 feet to the East and 300 ft. to the south of the current property) for a cost of about $47,000 including about $2,000 closing cost. Money from the building fund paid for the additional property. 

In March of 2005, Andrew McCaskill came on staff as director of student ministries. He continued in that office until December of 2006, when he accepted a call to serve with Aiken’s Christ Central Ministries

In May of 2006 the church narthex was expanded and renovated, creating additional space for fellowship before and after worship. 

In July of 2006, Rev. Wes Holland submitted his resignation as associate pastor after accepting a call as senior pastor to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Florida, where he continues to serve today. 

In March of 2007 a storage building was constructed on the church grounds to hold church lawn equipment, house the church’s disaster relief supplies, and to provide long term storage. 

In May of 2007, Rev. Shaun Spencer came on staff as assistant pastor and in July of 2009, he became associate pastor.  He continued in that office until September of 2010. 

In January 2008, Cole Nickell came on staff as director of student ministries.  He continued in that office until January of 2013. 

New Covenant Presbyterian Church celebrated its 25th anniversary with activities on October 17, 18 and 19, 2008.  Founding pastor, Rev. Dan Deaton spoke at the dinner on October 18.  Former staff members Rev. Wesley Holland and Rev. Kevin Thumpston were also in attendance and participated in anniversary activities.

In September of 2010, Rev. Shaun Spencer submitted his resignation as associate pastor, after accepting a call as senior pastor to Lake Trails Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin, where he continues to serve today. 

In January of 2011, Rev. Todd Weedman came on staff as assistant pastor and continued in that office until August of 2014. 

In September of 2012, Rev. Mike Phillips submitted his resignation as senior pastor. Mike is now serving as Assistant Pastor of Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, Georgia. In January of 2013, Cole Nickell submitted his resignation as director of student ministries after accepting a call to serve as director of student ministries at The Vine Community Church in Cumming, Georgia, where he continues to serve today. 

In March of 2013, Rev. Drew Kornreich was called to serve as interim pastor, and later in July of 2013 was called as senior pastor.  The same day, Fred Hope came on staff as director of student ministries.

In May 2013, Sara Hopkins was brought on staff to serve as the director of children's ministries. She left in August 2015 to go to graduate school. That same month Cindy Morse was added to the staff to replace Sara as the new director of children's ministries.

In August of 2015, Jeremiah Rivera joined the staff as assistant pastor.