Michael Coppersmith "Pastor Mike"
Our Pastor, Rev. Mike Coppersmith, his wife Sharon, and daughter Trinity, came to us in June 2016. He is the father of 5 children, Jyll, Allen, Ali, Junior, Trinity, and 1 granddaughter Madilyn. He is an Elder in the United Methodist Church in the Kentucky Conference. Pastor Mike grew up in Montclair, California, up to the age of 17. He then entered the United States Army which brought him to Kentucky for the first time at Fort Knox. After getting out of the military, he joined the Carpenters Local Union in Hollywood, CA. where he earned his Foreman status.
In the mid 1980’s, Pastor Mike came back to Kentucky to fulfill his dream of owning his own construction company. He settled in Lexington, KY and opened his own company. While working on a project in Bell County he met his wife Sharon; he hired some locals to work with him, and one of them invited him to church on a Sunday morning. That day changed his life as he was saved.
That day started him on a new journey, and he received his call to ministry in 1994. In 1997 was his first appointment at Beech Grove UMC in Science Hill KY as a Supply Pastor. Then in 2000 he was called into full-time Ministry. He received his GED, and in 2001 he began his education while pastoring. He earned his Associates in Religion, a double major Bachelor’s in Counseling and Christian Ministries, a Masters in Christian Leadership all at Lindsey Wilson College, and a Masters of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary. During his education, he serviced Union Chapel and Hayes Chapel in Jamestown, KY, Fellowship in Somerset, and Sardis in Nancy KY. He served 5 years at Cynthiana UMC, and then came to Covenant.
Mike has a heart for the church and the community. We are excited to join together with him in ministry. His wife Sharon also has a big heart for the church and community, and we are excited to have one of our own serving here with us as we reach people with the love of Christ.
Cathy Rich Brock has been the Secretary / Office Manager at Covenant UMC since June 2006.
She was born in Pineville, KY and moved to Middlesboro when she was five. She is a 1969 graduate of Middlesboro High School. She is and has been involved in many activities including Kiwanis where she served as Secretary; the Middlesboro Alumni and Friends Association where she has served as Secretary and is President at this time, and she is on the board of the Middlesboro Independent Education Foundation.
She is married to Roy Brock. They have three children: Freddy Brock, Noel Marble & John Brock; four grandchildren: Miranda Ridings, Peyton Brock, Nikki Horton & Trey Horton; and one great granddaughter, Amelia (Millie) Sagelynn Ridings.
Corey J. M. Eldridge
Director of Music & Organist
Corey was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in the Powell Valley/Middlesboro areas. He attended Middlesboro High School before studying at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) where he majored in Accounting. After working at a local bank, while studying at LMU, he decided to go to law school. Corey currently attends The University of Tennessee College of Law and plans to graduate May 2018. Corey came to Covenant UMC in 2010 and served as the substitute pianist/organist. Corey started as Music Director & Organist on October 1, 2016.
Corey is married to Emily Eldridge, who is attending The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee. Corey and Emily were married at Covenant UMC in May 2015. They have two cats: Ava and Marie.
Luke Gilly was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, VA and was a member of East Stone Gap UMC. He attended Powell Valley High School and later earned a BA in History/Social Science at Emory & Henry College. Luke completed his MA in Edu Administration at Lincoln Memorial University. He is currently a teacher at Middlesboro High School. Luke is married to Lauren and has two children Ike and Kaylynn. Luke has attended Covenant for 11 years, been a member for 10 years, and was hired as Youth Director in June of 2016.