Pastor Fritz Harms moved to Colorado Springs in September 2020 to pastor Covenant URC. He has pastored two churches: Bethlehem Christian Reformed Church in Freeman, South Dakota and New Haven United Reformed Church in New Haven, Vermont. Since 2009, Fritz was chaplain at Bethany Home, an all-level-care senior living facility in Ripon, California.
Born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Fritz has studied at Reformed Bible College (Kuyper College) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Westminster Seminary California and Theological University of Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. He earned a Ph.D. in Church History in 2009 with an emphasis on John Calvin's ecclesiology.
Fritz and his wife Brenda have two children and two grandchildren. They enjoy reading, hiking, and watching or playing soccer.
Rick Veghte has been an Elder at Covenant URC since July 2021. He has lived in Colorado most of his life and has worked as an Electrical Engineer specializing in Antennas since graduating from the University of Colorado in 1979. As an Engineer, he keeps doctrine simple, quoting Charles Spurgeon “Some men hate the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty, but those who are called by grace love it, for they feel if it had not been for Sovereignty they never would have been saved”. Rick is appreciative of God’s Sovereignty in his life.
Rick has been married to his wife Kathy for 40 years and they have two grown sons. They enjoy hiking and bicycling together and Rick also restores antique cars as a hobby. Rick is an amateur Geologist inheriting this interest from his Great Uncle Harry Oborne and his parents while oil and gas prospecting in Colorado, but more importantly Rick inherited an excellent Christian foundation at an early age from them.
Deacon Sean Vasas joined Covenant in 2017. The Lord drew him to Himself through a simple proclamation of the gospel. As he began to know the true God, he found himself convinced of the doctrines of sovereign grace and looking for a Reformed congregation to worship with. In the Lord's providence, he found Covenant in his own neighborhood. He has lived in Colorado Springs for most of his life.