Meet our Board
Jon has been the president of AgraShares, LLC, an investment firm specializing in agricultural finance since 2016. Prior to joining AgraShares, LLC he was managing director of Mesirow Financial in Chicago, IL. Jon has over 30 years of experience managing various financial organizations throughout Northern Illinois. Jon’s professional experience and personal faith allow him to advise National Covenant Properties with integrity as the Chairman of the NCP board. 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.
Reed has been the Producing Branch Manager at Cardinal Financial Company since February 2021. Prior to joining Cardinal Financial Company, he was the Senior Mortgage Officer at American Portfolio Mortgage Corp. Reed has been working in the mortgage industry for over 30 years holding positions from Senior Loan Officer to Senior Mortgage officer. He brings a keen understanding of the lending industry and deep-rooted faith to his position as Vice Chairman of the board of NCP. Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Economics from Indiana University. He believes the NCP 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.
Dave was the Chief Financial Officer of Bayside Covenant Church prior to his roles with Midtown Covenant Church and Mission Springs Camps and Conference Center. He 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’s experience working for both corporations and churches brings a unique perspective to the board of NCP. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Park University. Dave values the personal lending experience NCP provides through connecting kingdom resources with kingdom expansion.
Wes has served as the Executive Pastor of First Covenant Church in Salina, KS since 2014. Prior to his role in Salina, Wes served as the Senior Pastor at First Covenant Church, Omaha, Nebraska, and was the Associate Pastor at Deerbrook Covenant Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Before he was called to pastoral ministry, he was in business sales and sales management. Wes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Erica Jensen brings 20 years of experience driving strategic growth for Fortune 500 corporations to Be The Match. In this role, she leads the strategies to optimize the Be The Match registry and drive an engaged and committed membership roster. Before joining Be The Match, Erica was the Senior Manager of Global Marketing at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN. She has led many award winning marketing campaigns throughout her career. Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and African American studies from Northwestern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University.
As an expert professional in urban planning, Bob has provided consulting services to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 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.
Beth is the Executive Pastor for Ascent Community Church, Louisville, Colorado. Beth and her family have been with Ascent since its inception in 2013, serving in a number of capacities in both paid and volunteer roles. She served as Director of Operations for five years before taking on the role of Executive Pastor. Prior to her time at Ascent, Beth served in college ministry (working with Bill Stephens at the University of Colorado), on the leadership board at a church in Montana, and has been primarily overseeing nonprofit finances for over 15 years. She brings a unique combination of gifts – strong management and attention to detail mixed with a true pastor’s heart, desiring to walk alongside staff and churchgoers through the many challenges life presents.
Larry has more than 35 years of experience working in and with small-to-medium-sized companies and is currently the CFO of a midsize manufacturing company in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area. He is a passionate, hands-on financial executive focused on helping companies achieve bottom-line results by driving systemic change and continuous improvement throughout the organization. He holds MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is an adjunct business professor at the University of Northwestern in St Paul.
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. Annette is thankful for that NCP board membership allows her to serve at an intersection of my faith and my career.
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 Evangelical Covenant Church’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.