Our Staff

Jeff Sims : Temporary Supply Pastor

Jeff Sims

Temporary Supply Pastor

Jeff grew up in Talladega, Alabama where faith, football and folks were things that mattered most.  He believes we never really move far from where we begin and continues to embrace his faith, football (futbol too) and folks.

Jeff's faith has evolved over the years and he identifies as a Methobapyterianlic.  He was born to a Methodist Mother with a maiden name of Wesley and a Baptist Father, attended seminary with Baptists and Presbyterians in Richmond, Virginia, married a cradle-roll Catholic named, Erin and for a while sent his kids to an Episcopal Pre-school.  He is at best, Ecumenical and at worst, confused.

Jeff and Erin have been married for eleven years and they have three living children:  Addison (9), Caelyn (7) and Collin (almost 20 months).  Eli, their other son was stillborn in June of 2014.  They live in Madisonville, Louisiana.

Jeanie Bazer : Office manager

Jeanie Bazer

Office manager

Jeanie is a local gal who is from an old Covington family and has lived in Covington practically all her life.  She grew up attending Covington Presbyterian Church and is grateful for the foundation received there.

Jeanie has worked at Covington Presbyterian Church since 2003.  Prior to her employment at CPC, she worked for her family business, Marsolan Feed & Seed Store.  Later she worked in the antique world, employed at The Past Restored and also selling furniture and smalls on eBay for antique stores and individuals in Covington and the surrounding area.  As this was a part-time endeavor, Jeanie also worked for Northlake Dental Association as Executive Secretary, organizing CE events and other duties.

In 2009, she published a book, “Memom’s Diary” which is about her family, the Destrehans of River Road and the Harveys, who were responsible for building the Harvey Canal which expanded commerce through this waterway. There is a lot of Louisiana history involved in the book.  She also published a reference book that her husband, Phil Bazer, authored titled “New Orleans Cutlers Until the 1900s.”  Both books are in the Genealogy section of the St. Tammany Parish Library.  Jeanie loves working at Covington Presbyterian Church saying the people are friendly and like family to her.  She is in the office Tuesday – Thursday from 9AM until 2 PM.

Elizabeth Tosterud : Music Director

Elizabeth Tosterud

Music Director

Elizabeth has been employed with Covington Presbyterian Church
as Choir Director and Organist for 18 years.  She has an Undergraduate Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in General Studies with an emphasis in Music.  Her husband,
Joseph, sings in the choir and they have one adult son, Stephen.

Clara Rutland : Book Keeper

Clara Rutland

Book Keeper

Born  in Andrews, S C.  Clara was the 6th child of 10 children (5 boys and 5 girls).  Clara has been married to Wyman for 47 years.  They lived in Orangeburg, S C for 45 of those years.  After her retirement in March 2012, they moved to Covington to be close to their daughter and husband.
After high school Clara received a degree as medical secretary from Palmer College, a business school, in Charleston, S C.  Most of her work, however, has been as a bookkeeper.   Her last employment was Shady Grove Plantation & Nursery, Inc, a grower of large trees, in Orangeburg, S C.  She worked there for 33 years as a bookkeeper and office manager and  retired in 2012.  Clara join the staff at CPC on April 11, 2012 as bookkeeper.  She works at CPC on Wednesday & Thursdays from 9AM until 1 PM.  She is enjoying her job as well as her retirement.

Erin Johnston : Children's Director

Erin Johnston

Children's Director

Erin Johnston joined Covington Presbyterian Church in 2013 and was soon very involved in every aspect of the ministry. Last year, Erin and her husband Jason led the youth ministry. Soon, we needed a new children's director and Erin was the perfect fit. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Erin's desire to help these children grow closer to God is contagious.

Michelle Broadrick : Youth Director

Michelle Broadrick

Youth Director

Michelle was born and raised in Baton Rouge. She graduated from Southeastern and received her Masters from the University of Phoenix. Michelle has been married to Roy Broadrick for six years. Together combined they have four children; Taylor Sledge (12), Austin Sledge (11), Alexis Broadrick (22) and Brandon Broadrick (17).

TheymovedtoMadisonvillejusttwoyearsago,whichtheynowgladtocalltheNorthShoretheirhome. Not long after they moved to Madisonville, Michelle lost her mind and started jogging. Being a very head strong person, Michelle took on the challenge, but quickly learned how challenging jogging can be. She has now completed a number of 5k, 10k races and two half marathons. She just recently started her training for a marathon in January.

Michelle grew up at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge. Until she graduated from high school, she attended youth and choir practices every Sunday afternoon. She went every summer to Camp Feliciana (now called Camp Agape), Pass Christian and two summers to Montreat. Now that her children are at the youth age to participate, Michelle wanted her children to experience the great joy she had during her church youth years. She is very excited to take on this new adventure and looking forward to meeting and working with all the great parents and children of Covington Presbyterian.


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