Peter brings 30 years of banking experience into his role as NCP President, primarily from his time with US Bank where he most recently served as regional president in northeastern Minnesota. His extensive background in commercial lending and in the financial services industry is valuable as he manages the financial aspects of NCP. He is a graduate of Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and he received a Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Peter also is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington in Seattle.
“Our mission is simple, by connecting people and resources, we are in the business to help grow God’s Kingdom on earth.”NCP President
ChairManaging director, Mesirow Financial, a diversified financial firm based in Chicago, and head of its Agriculture Management division
Jon is the former president of AgraShares LLC, an investment firm specializing in agricultural finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from North Park University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University. As a longtime member of the NCP board, Jon deeply believes in the work of NCP, and assisting the Covenant Church in advancing God’s kingdom.
Vice ChairSenior loan officer at Mortgage Master in Park Ridge, Illinois
Reed is a former mortgage broker with JP Morgan Chase Bank and a residential mortgage specialist with Wintrust Mortgage Corporation of Northfield, Illinois. Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Economics from Indiana University. “Our board has the unique privilege and opportunity to hear the faith stories of our sister churches and to provide the funds to advance God’s kingdom,” he said. “This board is a blessing to me and to all the churches we serve.”
TreasurerChief financial officer, Bayside Covenant Church, Roseville, California
Dave was previously a partner in the B2 Group, a CEO/CFO Consulting Team that assisted entrepreneurs and companies with growing and realigning their companies, including Venture Capital and other forms of financing. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Park University. “Prior to my service as a member of the NCP BOD, my interaction with NCP as a lender to local Covenant churches was simply outstanding!” Dave said. “The interaction with NCP staff and the process to loan completion were both helpful and professional. Both churches I served (as a lay person) loved the idea of utilizing Kingdom resources for Kingdom expansion.”
As an expert professional in urban planning, Bob has provided consulting services to the ECC, its regional conferences, and its local churches. He has been qualified as an Expert Witness in city planning cases. As the founder of NCP, the central mortgage lender for Covenant Churches, he is amazed how large the organization has grown. He also formed the Covenant Development Corporation. With experience as the executive secretary and director of Urban Church Planning and Executive Secretary for the Department of Church Growth and Evangelism, he brings a unique perspective and deep insight to the board. He holds an Associate of Arts degree from North Park College (now University), a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis & Clark College, a Bachelor of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Washington. He continues his vision for NCP as a member of the board.
Chief operating officer and principal in Sage Vertical Garden Systems, LLC of Chicago
Peter has held a number of financial management positions over the years, including as executive vice president with Capmark Bank and Capmark Finance, Inc. in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
Executive Pastor, First Covenant Church, Salina, Kansas
Weston W. Gibson, Executive Pastor, First Covenant Church, Salina, Kansas since 2014. From 2007 to 2014, Rev. Gibson was the Senior Pastor at First Covenant Church, Omaha, Nebraska. From 2000 to 2007 Rev. Gibson was the Associate Pastor at Deerbrook Covenant Church, Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Prior to being called to pastoral ministry, he was in business sales and sales management. Rev. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Associate Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary Lisle, Illinois
Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Edwards is Associate Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary (Lisle, IL) and the author of 1 Peter in the Story of God Bible Commentary series. Dennis has over thirty years of urban pastoral experience. He most recently served as senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to that, he was the founding pastor of Peace Fellowship Church in Washington, DC; associate and then lead pastor of Washington Community Fellowship on Capitol Hill; and founding pastor of New Community Church in Brooklyn, NY. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering (Cornell University) and has been a high school science and math teacher. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree in Urban Ministry (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) as well as Master of Arts and PhD degrees in Biblical Studies (Catholic University of America). Dennis is married to Susan Steele Edwards and they are the parents of four adult children and have two grandsons. Dennis enjoys playing his flute and saxophone, as well as weightlifting, cycling, and playing racquetball as much as possible.
Executive vice president and chief financial officer, First National Bank and Trust Co., Shawnee, Oklahoma
With more than 38 years in the banking industry, Annette previously served as chief financial officer at Valliance Bank in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma State Bank in Guthrie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership, both from the University of Oklahoma. Annette received her CPA certification in 1997. “I first became acquainted with NCP and its mission through my local church and am blessed to now have an opportunity to serve on the board,” Annette said. “NCP board membership allows me to serve at an intersection of my faith and my career.”
President of The Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, ex-officio director
As president of the ECC, John brings a whole-church perspective to the work of the NCP board. Previously, he served as the executive minister of the ECC’s Start and Strengthen Churches mission priority. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Villanova University, a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary.