SPEAKERS

Melvin Ardón has served as Pastor de Ministerios en Español at Rolling Hilling Covenant Church, Palos Verdes, CA, since 2015.  He is an ordained Covenant pastor.  His family has lived in the South Bay of Los Angeles for twenty years, serving in various ministry roles. Most of the Ardón family’s ministry has been with the Hispanic community, “whose culture and challenges we share,” Melvin says.  His passion is equipping leaders, and his prayer is that the Lord lifts up and empowers men and women who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be equipped for the work of the Kingdom.  When Melvin was 10 years old, his mother came from Guatemala to California with her three children.  Having recently lost his lovely wife, Kira, Melvin gives thanks to God in a new way for their children, Guilliana and Luka.

Lance Davis is the executive minister of Develop Leaders and Ordered Ministry.  He entered ministry in 1989, serving on the staff of two prominent Chicago-area congregations. Subsequently, he became a church planter, founding what is now New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton, Illinois; the congregation joined the ECC in 2012.  Lance was elected to his current role in 2018. In addition to pastoral ministry, Lance has been instrumental in launching numerous nonprofit community-service organizations, from Cook County to Ghana.  In Lance’s 25 years of ministry, there have been two consistent themes: development of leaders and community impact. He holds a BA in business administration from Trinity College and an MATh from both Gospel Ministries and More Theological Seminaries. Lance is married to Kara, an accomplished physician and author, and they have four adult children.

Shaun Marshall serves as the Director of Congregational Vitality for the Evangelical Covenant Church. In this role, Shaun helps to strengthen churches by providing the leadership, resources and support needed for healthy missional change.  Previously, Shaun served as Senior Pastor of Community Covenant Church in Calumet Park, Illinois, Executive Pastor at Citadel of Faith Church in Detroit, Michigan, and Director of Church Operations at New Life Covenant Church in Chicago. As a Coach, Consultant and Speaker, Shaun has worked with organizations such as NewThing, the Lutheran Church Planting Network, and the Willow Creek Association, equipping leaders to change culture, build churches, and birth movements. Shaun and his wife Veronica are raising their daughter, Sage Olivia, in the Chicagoland area.

Andrea Watson was born in Calistoga, California and earned her BA from Baylor University. From there, she traveled the world with YWAM and completed the Thrive School Internship with Bayside Church. For the last four years, she has served as High School Pastor at Bayside (Granite Bay).  Her title has recently expanded to Director of Online Engagement for Bayside Students. She is pursuing a Master's in Christian Formation through the PSWC’s Ignite. When Andrea isn’t connecting with students face-to-face or through social media, she loves to travel, devour as many books as she can, and enjoy the best coffee at the most vibey places she can find. 

John Wenrich became the tenth president of the ECC on September 1, 2018. He was previously the executive minister of Start and Strengthen Churches. John has traveled extensively both nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker and leadership coach. John has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Villanova University (think basketball!), a master of divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. He has pastored and planted churches around the country and was ordained by the Covenant in 2002. John and his wife, Julie, have been married 30 years and live near Chicago. They have three sons and a daughter in-law who all live in Portland.

Angela Yee is executive director of ministry development of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is an ordained Covenant minister who has served in a number of pastoral and leadership roles in local churches ranging in size from 30 people to 24,000 attendees. Her background as a designer and musician, event coordinator, and church systems consultant and trainer, as well as her passion for the local church, has enabled her to assist churches to be more effective in fulfilling their God-given visions. Angela has written several books on personal organizing and event planning (angelayee.com). She and her husband, Albert, reside in Chicago and are parents of two adult children.