Christ Covenant Church offers various pastoral internships throughout the year for seminary students pursuing a career in ministry. Below are our current Christ Covenant Church pastoral interns.

Clay Anderson

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Clay grew up in Greenville, SC and was raised to love Christ, good books, mountains, and presbyterian polity. He met his wife, Delaney, at Southside Christian High School, which was a lot like Covenant Day except with a better football team and a worse Bible curriculum. Clay studied economics and political science at Clemson. In college, you could find him leading campus tours, worshipping with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), or playing volleyball. Clay began his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in 2021.

Clay also serves Christ Covenant as Assistant Director for Middle School Ministry. Before joining the staff here, Clay interned at Clemson Presbyterian Church (PCA) and worked for Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM) leading summer conferences.

Aaron Andrade

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Aaron grew up in south-eastern Massachusetts. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, married his high school sweetheart, and completed two deployments to Iraq. He studied business management as an undergraduate student and earned his M-Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently works as a business consultant, providing leadership and organizational development, executive coaching, and strategic advising.

Aaron has served in previous church roles primarily as a worship director along with teaching roles and is now pursuing chaplain ministry. He, his wife Laura and three children, Julia, Brayden, and Ava, moved to Charlotte in 2021. His favorite things about North Carolina are more sunny days, using the word “ya’ll,” pimento cheese, North Carolina BBQ, and not shoveling snow.

Johannes Damaschke

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Johannes is from Southwestern Germany and moved to Charlotte in 2021 with his lovely French wife, Emilie. After high school he spent a year doing voluntary work in England. He studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies (major) and History (minor). During his time at university he was also a student at Mississippi College for a year. Johannes and Emilie have been sent out to be trained for ministry by Christ Church of Wiesbaden, an international church of the PCA in the Frankfurt area. After finishing his Master of Divinity, Johannes wants to return there to assist in raising a German congregation. His desire is to see Reformed churches established in his native country.

Matthew Kirk

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Matthew is happily married to Caroline and the proud father of Archibald, Beatrix, and Cedric. He grew up in Northern Ireland until he went to Durham University in the North of England where he studied History and Politics as an undergraduate. Matthew went on to earn a Masters in Early Modern History at the same University, and then spent four years working for a church in the heart of Durham city. Initially, he served in student ministry and children’s ministry, he later worked more specifically with international students. Following a few years working in Business Development and World Heritage Fundraising, Matthew moved to Leeds to explore the call to ministry and came under care of the International Presbyterian Church in the UK. Matthew and his family moved to Charlotte in July 2021 in order to study and pursue a Masters of Divinity at RTS.

Zac Leach

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Zac is from England and is married to Kate, and they have two young children, Lydia and Barnabas. Before coming to Charlotte, he worked in ministry for a small church plant in Leeds, Yorkshire for four years. He is currently under care with the International Presbyterian Church. In 2018, he graduated from Durham University in England with an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences. On completing his RTS degree, his plan is to move back to the UK and enter into full-time pastoral ministry.

Nathan McNeely

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Nathan was born and raised in Houston, TX. He stayed in town for college to attend the University of Houston. Nathan become involved with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) during his freshman year and embraced the Reformed faith. It was there that the Lord began to stir up his heart for pastoral ministry. After graduating in May 2018, Nathan served RUF as an intern at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln before heading to Charlotte in August 2020 to attend Reformed Theological Seminary. He hopes to become a teaching elder in the PCA upon graduating in May of 2024 with his MDiv and MACC (Christian Counseling). In his spare time (when he can find it!), Nathan loves cooking/baking, concerts, traveling, playing musical instruments, spending time with friends, and playing a mean game of Scrabble.

Ben Preiser

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Ben and his family are from the state of Michigan. He met his wife Alyssa while both were studying biochemistry at Michigan State University and attending University Reformed Church (URC) in East Lansing, Michigan. They were married in 2015 and their first son, Calvin, was born in 2020, with their second son, Sebastian, arriving in 2022. Ben worked in campus ministry at Michigan State for five years from 2014-2019 before the Preisers moved to Charlotte to pursue education at Reformed Theological Seminary. They hope to return to Michigan after graduation to help with church planting.

Walker Rose

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Walker was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. He met his wife, Shelby, while working at a summer camp as counselors. Though Shelby attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, they dated long distance for two years before graduating and getting married. In 2022 they welcomed their daughter, Magnolia Mae, into the world. Prior to moving to Charlotte and enrolling at Reformed Theological Seminary, Walker completed a two-year internship with Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Walker and Shelby are excited to serve the Lord, and his people at Christ Covenant Church.

Justin Wilson

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Justin was born and raised in Charleston, Illinois (unfortunately, not the cool Charleston down in South Carolina). After sitting on the bench for a year of college baseball, he discerned a call to ministry that has since taken him from sitting on the bench to sitting in the library. He transferred back to his hometown and graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Communication in Organizations. Near the end of undergrad, he met his wife, Lydia, while working at a summer camp. They have been married since January 2022 and are expecting their first child Valentine’s Day 2024. Justin began his M.Div. studies at RTS in 2023.