Christopher Caudle, Rector
Christopher is someone I hasten to describe as one in whom there is no guile. While he has an authentic sense of humor, loving bad jokes as well good ones, he'll not be heard using it inappropriately. He is for sure, a man after our Lord's own heart. He has an acute sense of propriety as well, what needs to be done and when and how, most of the time anyway.
Anyone who has sat at his feet knows him to be a learned student and studied teacher. Most folks into books as he is, are not so much into people, not so with Fr. Christopher, he has a pastor's heart. While doing and being all of this he somehow manages to keep his family as a keen priority. And well he should as precious as they are.
He keeps things in very good order with his Lord, his family, and his ministry. Of course one look into his inner sanctum and his sins are right before your eyes, his addiction to Coca-Cola and books are there for all to see. Nothing is hidden, as I said, one without guile.
Sheryl Shaw, Missions Pastor
I have been on staff at New Covenant for nineteen years and I am a graduate of Evangel University. I am married to Thom Shaw who is also a vital part of the ministry.
I have worked in Missions and Youth for over twenty years and still love it! As a church, our desire is to know Christ and to make Him known. All that we do centers around this commitment.
My first Missions experience was when I was twenty years old and God gave me a passion for missions that has continued to grow. Since I have a heart for outreach and discipleship, my work with missions and youth flows together well.
I have had the privilege of seeing God do miracles both in and through our mission teams from the church. It is my desire that we would learn to live a missionary lifestyle so that we do not miss out on opportunities in our own backyards. I do teaching and training in both youth ministry and missions on the local, national, and international levels.
Erica Stephenson, Youth and Family Life Minister
Erica grew up in a small Ohio town, and spent a lot of time playing sports and creating things to do with friends. She attributes much of her creativity to those years. There just wasn't a lot to do in her small town. She graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky with a degree in Psychology, and two weeks after graduation, she was on her way to Florida.
Since then, Erica spent about six years working with students and families at a local church, five years coaching both middle and high school girls’ basketball teams at local schools, and volunteering with YoungLife at the University of Central Florida. She is passionate about seeing students and their families love Christ and each other. Erica is so excited to journey with so many in this way at New Covenant.
Erica has been married for almost three years to Mike, currently calling Winter Springs’ home. She enjoys traveling, crocheting, yoga, reading, and watching movies with Mike.
Sara Buffington, Worship and Music Leader
I have been a member of New Covenant since 2007, when my husband Peter and I and our two children moved here to Florida. I like to say I married into this church, since Father Carl is my father-in-law, but truth be told I would have come here anyway!
I graduated from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where I majored in English, but I spent all my spare time in the music building. I have taught eighth grade, written curricula for homeschoolers, and currently I educate my (now three) children at home. All the while I have been a member of the worship team.
In April 2013 I started leading worship at New Covenant. I love music. I always have, but worshiping the Lord in song is my calling and my passion. I never thought I would be a lead worshiper, but now I see how God has been preparing me for this my whole life. I am very thankful. It's a joy and a privilege!
Tracy Harper, Administrator
I’m Tracy Harper and have been the Administrator at New Covenant since December, 2019. My background is in administration and bookkeeping, which I did for a local law firm for 24 years, as well as for my former church.
I was born in Northern Illinois, but grew up In Winter Park, having graduated from Winter Park High School (Go ‘Cats!), and then went on to attend Hillsborough Community College and University of South Florida in Tampa.
My husband, Scott, daughter, Lily, and I have been attending New Covenant since 2009 and have felt at home here since the first Sunday we attended. I am active on the Altar Guild and love serving God by preparing His table.
Scott and I adopted Lily from Fuzhou, Jiangxi, China in 2007 when she was 6 years old. We firmly believe in second chances and as Bishop Carl would say, “God blessed our socks off!” with Lily. We also have my son and daughter (Ian and Katy) who are both in their 30’s, live nearby, and have blessed us with some awesome grandchildren to keep us busy.
We have a bunny and a dog to chase around at home and in my spare time, I enjoy gardening, writing, and playing with the grandkids.
Nicole Greear, Preschool Director
I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 34 years.
My calling started when I was only 14 babysitting for multiple families, which in turn led me to working in my first preschool at 19 years old.
After having my own children, I opened a Christian Family Childcare for 13 years.
In 2007, the Lord called me to Florida to help my Father care for my stepmother, who was seriously ill. She passed 10 months later. I was then called to St. Mark Christian Day School and directed the school for 5 years.
I loved St. Mark’s but was offered a position with the Early Learning Coalition as a provider services representative in the Daytona area. Shortly after, I relocated to the Orlando area after working for the corporate office of Kid City USA.
After a company restructure, I was praying for a small Christian preschool and the Lord lead me to the best one.
I have an A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education, B.A. degree in Business, National Administers Credential and certified instructor to teach the National CDA.
I am happily married to Jim Greear. We are a blended family; he has 3 children and I have 2 children. Zack is 24 and Sabrina is 26, married to Tucker, who is a Youth Director in Palm Coast.
In my free time I love spending time with family, cats (5), and Disney.
Bishop Carl Buffington, Bishop in Residence
My ministry at New Covenant began in 1993. Barbara, my wife, and our 3 children moved here from Evergreen, CO, high and dry to low and wet, quite a change. I was brought up in the northeast, a suburb of New York, and Barbara grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia.
We met while I was attending The Philadelphia Divinity School in West Philadelphia where I received an M.Div. degree in 1972, and I was ordained a deacon and priest in the same year. I went to seminary directly from college. I earned an A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. For 5 years of my ministry I was a traveling evangelist, sharing the story of our Lord and his presence and power in a different church every weekend.
What I have always loved about New Covenant is the blending of the charismatic, the evangelical, and the sacramental aspects of the Faith. And what still gets me up in the morning is seeing people change, seeing people encounter the living Lord. I just love to see hearts changed by the Holy Spirit.