Rev. Tony Phelps is delighted to serve as a minister of the Gospel and a church planter at Covenant United Reformed Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He has been married to his beloved wife, Donna, for 26 years. They have three children (Emily, 22; Benjamin, 20; and David, 10). Tony was raised in a non-Christian home in Rhode Island, and was converted to Christ in the summer of 1990, through the ministry of an evangelical house church. His college sweetheart, Donna, was also converted that summer. They married the next year. While teaching in the house church, Tony became persuaded of the biblical fidelity of the Reformed faith – thanks to the teaching resources of RC Sproul, JI Packer’s Knowing God, and GI Williamson’s study guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Having learned that Sproul was a minister in the PCA, Tony found the one PCA church in Rhode Island. This church was soon re-planted as Trinity Presbyterian in Providence, RI, around 1997. Tony and Donna, now with two young children, became members of this church plant. Within a couple of years, Tony sensed a call to Gospel ministry, and specifically, to plant a daughter church of Trinity. He was mentored by a faithful, confessional pastor, and began to commute to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He graduated in 2003 with an M. Div, and was ordained to Gospel ministry that year. Christ Our Hope PCA was planted in 2004, and organized in 2009. Rev. Phelps loves the Reformed faith and confessions, and began to teach the Heidelberg Catechism to his congregation as a comforting, Christ-centered expression of Reformed faith. In Feb. 2015, Rev. Phelps took a call as pulpit supply to Covenant URC, a small church plant, struggling after the departure of its minister – but sustained by God’s mercy and two faithful, persevering elders, Bob DeRuiter and Will Kim. He was installed at Covenant URC as Minister of Word and Sacraments in January 2016. He was drawn to the URCNA for several reasons: its strong commitment to Reformed confessional faith, the Three Forms of Unity, and its commitment to Reformed church planting and missions. Rev. Phelps loves to preach the Law and the Gospel – Christ crucified and risen to save His people – as part of a confessionally faithful federation in the URC. He is grateful for the opportunity to disciple covenant families through catechetical preaching, as well. Christ has been pleased to build His church in Colorado Springs, by His Word and Spirit – drawing new families, and raising up new officers. May the Lord of the harvest be pleased to bless and use this church as laborers in His harvest field for years to come!
Will Kim grew up in the Korean American Church (KAPC) in southern California. However, it was not until after college that Will began to become familiar with the Reformed faith, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, his understanding of God’s Word became clearer and his faith became more grounded.
Will began attending Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim as he saw the need for his family to attend a confessional Reformed church (emphasizing doctrine, Christ-centered preaching, distinction between Law and Gospel, and sacraments).
Will moved to Colorado in 2006 and began attending Coram Deo Reformation Church in Denver, Colorado. Will’s family was one of four families that were commuting from Colorado Springs and Woodland Park to attend Coram Deo Reformation Church until Covenant United Reformed Church began in 2011.
Will currently serves as an elder and Sunday school teacher at Covenant URC. Will is thankful for the preaching of God’s Word twice each Lord’s day where we hear the holy Gospel announcement that our sins are forgiven by a merciful God who sent His one and only Son to redeem us from our fallen nature and administers the sacraments that Christ instituted.
When he can, Will enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, tennis, basketball, and rock climbing.
Grant Exton hails from the South, his family calling Savannah, Georgia and Alexandria, Virginia home. He was brought up in a Roman Catholic household where he was very familiar with the gospel of Rome (mystic sacerdotal works-righteousness), but it was not until he was in his mid-30’s that the Lord providentially converted him and mercifully granted him faith in the Gospel of the Bible (salvation by grace ALONE, in Christ ALONE, through faith ALONE, and in accordance with Scripture ALONE).
Soon after his conversion, the Lord led Grant to the reformed faith where the creeds and the confessions of the Reformation opened his eyes to the depths and riches of Christ in the Holy Scriptures. Within a couple years, the Lord had placed him in jail/prison ministry where he spent six years evangelizing, exhorting, and teaching the truths of the reformed faith to incarcerated fellow Christians and unbelievers. It was not long before Grant sensed a call to Gospel ministry and moved with his wife and family to Colorado Springs in 2014 to attend New Geneva Reformed Theological Seminary as a full-time seminary student.
Grant currently serves Christ in his church as an elder and young-adult Sunday school teacher at Covenant URC while continuing to attend seminary full-time. Grant is married to the beautiful Kristin, and have three children - Knox, Jordan, and Jacob – whom, by God’s grace, they seek to raise in the nurture and the discipline of the Lord.
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