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Rev. Dr. David Holder

Founder, Senior Pastor

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Rev. Dr. David Randolph Holder is a fourth generation pastor, raised in Laurelton Queens, New York. He graduated from Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan where he majored in voice. He was raised in the Presbyterian Church, spent his early adult years in both the Baptist Church and the Church of God In Christ, ordained in the A.M.E. Church and planted an Evangelical Covenant Church. Dr. Holder is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. Biological Basis of Behavior 1987), UCLA (M.B.A. Entertainment Management 1991), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1995), Harvard University (Th.M. 1996), and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min. 2005). Dr. Holder served as an associate minister at First A.M.E. Church in Pasadena, CA, St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge, MA and as the Assistant Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Bloomfield, CT. While at Bethel he founded Bethel Day Care Center as the Executive Director of Bethel Center for Humane Services.

As part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Holder founded New York Covenant Church (NYCC) on July 19, 1998 and has been the Senior Pastor since its inception. Concurrently, Dr. Holder pastored the 100-year old Covenant Church of New Rochelle—pastoring two churches at the same time for six years. In 2004, New York Covenant purchased a 42,000 square foot building on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle as their new location. NYCC has over 20 different ministries. Dr. Holder has been married to his wife Tarshia for 20 years. Tarshia is a Reading Specialist at White Plains Middle School and a graduate of Spelman College and Teachers College, Columbia University. They have two children, Delaney and Jeremiah.

Dr. Holder has a huge heart for mercy and justice. He loves music, on and off Broadway theater, and the New York Mets.

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Gregory Adegbola

Youth Minister

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Gregory Adegbola has been serving as an associate minister at NYCC for a year and half. Before he got his calling to become a minister, shortly after getting saved, he immediately hit the ground running and began his ministry in the perpetual praise dance ministry, which led to a men’s perpetual praise. He then saw a need for young adults (18-25) in the church and created a ministry called Real Word to help transition young into the church body and encourage them in their walk with God. He also created a youth program called Remember M.E. (Music & Education) at the church which taught high school students about business and music. It wasn’t until he became part of the launch team for our Manhattan Campus that his passion and creativity for church building increased. After a Church Planting Retreat for pastors by the Evangelical Covenant Church in Texas, and wrestling with God regarding his calling, he was ultimately led to attend Alliance Theology Seminary and knew he wanted to be used by God and became an associate minister. Greg has a passion for sharing God’s word, loves to put ideas together as it pertains to the church. This is why he is utilizing his gifts for Church administration and organizational structure, to ensure that church operations run smoothly and effectively. He hopes that this will help with all processes as it pertains to church ministries and the body.

Greg received his Bachelor degree in Mass Communications and Broadcasting at the State University of Oswego, and is happily married to his wife Lydia who is the High School Ministry Leader for NYCC and they have 2 beautiful children (Samuel and Samara) whom God has granted them. Greg loves to workout, loves music, dancing and word brain games.  He looks forward to continuing his studies in coming year to continue his degree towards a Masters of Divinity.

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Rev. Dierdra Clark

Associate Pastor

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Dierdra grew up in New Rochelle and is thrilled to be serving in a church in her hometown. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, she moved to Washington D.C  where she intended to change the world through a political career — only God had much better plans. After many years, which included working on Capitol Hill and completing a graduate degree in public policy, she finally landed back at home, in a church committed to social justice. She is so thankful that God, in his providence, brought her back home to a church that is committed to having a profound impact on marginalized communities. Certain of what God was now doing in her life, Dierdra went back to school and received her M.Div from Alliance Theological Seminary. At NYCC, Dierdra leads the annual New York Justice Conference, which works to educate and train the church community on issues of justice. Dierdra and Tim have 5 children who range in age from 26 to 8, which keeps them both busy and grateful!

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Gregory Millings

Associate Minister

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Gregory Millings is as an Associate Minister at New York Covenant Church. Since joining New York Covenant Church in 2008, Greg has devoted himself to growing in the Lord through extensive biblical study, seminary education, ministry, and service. 
Presently, Min. Greg is leading NYCC's CrossTrainers Fitness Center; a ministry devoted to helping Christians experience physical and spiritual transformation by worshiping God through fitness. He is passionate about helping and leading people towards living a Christ-centered lifestyle. While growing this ministry, he is also attending Alliance Theological Seminary, where he is in the 2nd academic year of a three year full-time graduate program leading towards a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Urban ministry. Gregory has also earned a Masters of Science degree in the field of Counseling.

He is married to his lovely wife, Alana and they have two children, Cameron and Arielle.

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Marlon Simpkins

Minister of Care and Counseling

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Marlon Simpkins currently serves as the Minister of Care and Counseling at New York Covenant Church. Minister Marlon has a deep sense of compassion for others, and he feels called by God to administer the love of Christ to the broken-hearted. The Care & Counseling Ministry is one the newest ministries under development at the church. It is comprised of professionally-licensed counselors, therapists, and social workers within the congregation who use their gifts to build up the body of believers. He lends to this ministry work his clinical experience as a chaplain resident at Westchester Medical Center, where he is working toward board certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Marlon earned his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in Economics, and will joyfully receive his Masters of Divinity Degree from Alliance Theological Seminary in May 2016. Minister Marlon is married to the love of his life Valerie, who oversees the children’s ministry at NYCC. They are proud parents to three miraculous children - Manasi, Micahia, and Mishael. 

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Alex Smith

Associate Minister

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Alex is an Associate Minister at New York Covenant. He leads our GROW Ministry (God Reaches Others While Serving) -- our hydroponics farm. This is a very efficient form of farming, effectively utilizing space and water resources. The farm is 100% organic, no pesticides, insects or animals to control. The growing season is all year. Most crops go from seed to market in about four to six weeks. He sees this as an amazing ministry opportunity to serve -- by building on our existing resources, fully utilizing the space we have and providing fresh produce to church and community. The vision is to have a viable, sustainable urban farm that would provide jobs and locally grown produce to our community.

Alex has Certificate in Christian Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. Alex has been married to his lovely wife Beverly for over 30 years. They have two adult children Alex and Alexyia.

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Sherin Swift

Minister of Spiritual Formation

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Sherin Swift serves as the Minister of Spiritual Formation at New York Covenant Church. She has a passion to deepen her relationship with God and to bring others along with her as she pursues His heart. She often helps individuals identify roadblocks to spiritual growth, and encourages them to draw closer to God with radical trust. Raised as an atheist, an undeniable encounter with God’s Love changed her forever. Since she grew up outside the faith, she remembers what it is like to live a life separated from God, and has a special interest in connecting with those who have not encountered God’s overwhelming grace and mercy.

Sherin shares this journey with her husband Andrew, an incredibly talented musician, and their two daughters. Sherin is enrolled full time at Alliance Theological Seminary and will complete her Masters of Divinity in May 2018. When she isn’t writing papers, you can go to to read her reflections on faith and ministry. 

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John Udochi

Associate Minister


John F. Udochi is an Associate Minister with the New York Covenant Church, and has served in this capacity since January 2014. John had his rebirth, and found his salvation in Christ on the 1st day of January, 2003. John’s rebirth generated his vision to collate his past experiences and use his God given gifts in the fulfillment of God’s purpose in his life.

John has had the opportunity to gain his educational and professional experience in two major continents of the world: Africa and North America. Through this experience, John has developed an understanding of the inescapable network of human relationships as being fundamental to the human existence. This experience has significantly been fueled by his Christian faith and belief in God.

Being brought alive by the light of Christ, John has embraced a vision to pursue justice with a spirit of compassion and reconciliation. John is currently involved in the New York Justice Conference, an annual event that educates, informs, and equips the larger Church body of Christ on the issues of Justice affecting our contemporary times. John is also currently working towards his Master of Divinity Degree, and is married to his beautiful wife, Abbe. They are blessed to have and care for two lovely children – Julius and Naomi.