Our Staff

  • A. Evan Westburg | Senior Pastor

    Pastor Evan is a Lincoln native. A graduate of North Park University (Chicago) and Regent College (Vancouver, Canada), Evan has served in college, hospital, and church settings (youth, associate, and senior pastor). Evan is married and enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and going to the park with his three kids.

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  • Jodi Moore | Pastor of Connections

    Pastor Jodi grew up in an Evangelical Covenant Church in Minnesota. She received her Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago) in 2006 and was ordained in 2008. Jodi serves the ECC denomination in the areas of rural ministry, leadership, and congregational vitality. She is married with two daughters and makes her own caramel macchiato everyday.

    As Pastor of Connections, Jodi oversees our ministries of small groups, visitation, and hospitality.

  • Garrett Hope | Director of Worship

    As a Colorado native, Dr. Garrett Hope, spent his vacations at Covenant Heights Bible Camp and spending time in the mountains. He was heavily involved in the music and worship leadership of his home church, Christ Community Covenant Church. In 2011 Garrett graduated from UNL with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition. He is an active composer of concert & film music, public speaker, podcaster, business owner, and teacher. He enjoys living in Lincoln with his wife and daughter.

  • Tessa Harris | Communications & Office

    Tessa grew up in a small town in central Nebraska. She attended Bible college in Moberly, Missouri where she met her husband, Derek. They were married in 2002 and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska shortly thereafter. They enjoy running and biking with their two boys. Tessa also enjoys quilting, crochet, REFIT®, and baking.

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Our Beliefs

First Covenant has been in Lincoln since 1892.  We exist as a local outpost of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a mission-minded denomination which holds to six central affirmations.

The centrality of the word of God*

We believe the  Bible is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. The dynamic, transforming power of the word of God directs the church  and the life of each Christian. This reliance on the Bible leads us to affirm both men and women as ordained ministers and at every level of leadership. It is the reason we pursue ethnic diversity in our church and is the inspiration for every act of compassion, mercy, and justice.

The necessity of the new birth

New birth in Christ means committing ourselves  to him and receiving forgiveness, acceptance, and eternal life.  It means being alive in Christ, and this life has the qualities of love and righteousness, joy and peace.

The church as a fellowship of believers

We follow Christ’s two central calls. The Great Commission  sends us out into all the world to make disciples. The Great Commandment  calls us to love the Lord our God and our neighbors as ourselves.

A commitment to the whole mission of the Church

Membership  in the Covenant Church is by confession of personal faith in Jesus Christ and is open to all believers. We observe baptism and Holy Communion as sacraments commanded by Jesus. We practice both infant and believer baptism. We believe in the priesthood of all believers—that is, we all share in the ministry of the church.

A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit

The Covenant Church affirms the Trinitarian understanding of one God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe it is the Holy Spirit who instills in our hearts a desire to turn to Christ, and who assures us that Christ dwells within us.

The reality of freedom in Christ

The Apostle Paul wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians

5:1, TNIV).   United in Christ, we offer freedom to one another to differ on issues of

belief or practice where the biblical and historical record seems to  allow for a variety of interpretations of the will and purposes of  God. We in the Covenant Church seek to focus on what unites us as followers of Christ, rather than on what divides us.

*Source: Covenant Affirmations, brief form.



We exist for God's glory.

Guided by God's Word, through worship and prayer, 

we will share joyfully the good news of Jesus Christ

to make more disciples and bring the light of Christ

to Lincoln and beyond.


Pray as a people. 

Develop a pathway for prayer focused on repentance, revival, and growth .

Grow together. 

Increase small group engagement to 70% .

Go and serve our city. 

Organize an outreach event per quarter with 60% participation.