Dr. S. Philip Covert, Pastor of Pine Grove UMC is a native of West Caldwell, New Jersey. Phil has a Bachelor's degree in economics.He has a Masters of Divinity from the United Methodist Theological School of Ohio and Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University. In addition to the academic degrees Dr. Covert has completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Dr. Covert has served churches in Ohio, Northern New Jersey, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He retired from Asbury United Methodist Church, York, Pennsylvania on October 1, 2011.
In April 2009 and August 2010, in Komorova, Russia he led seminars for 60 Russian pastors and lay people on “Enabling God’s People to be God’s People,” a study on the fundamentals of being an effective leader.
In 2011 Dr. Covert wrote a new approach to church organization to assist churches to more effectively and efficiently do ministry without the encumbrances of stale, outdated, ineffective, irrelevant structures. This structure is designed to free people to be in ministry as opposed to serving on committees that merely discuss ministry.
Dr. Covert is married to Sue Camp, formerly of Caldwell, New Jersey. They have three children, Tim, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Andy, Centreville, Virginia, and Kris, York, Pennsylvania. They have 9 grandchildren.