In addition to supervising matters of ministerial standing, the Southeast Conference Ministerium seeks to raise the spiritual, ethical and professional standards of the association while strengthening the bonds of Christian fellowship and rendering help to members in times of physical, personal, emotional and spiritual need.

2019 SEC Ministerium and Family Retreat


Trusting God and Letting Go: A Deeper Look at the Prayers & Practices in Philippians

You're invited to bring your Bibles and join us on beautiful Hilton Head Island as we go back to our Covenant roots of meeting in conventicles to study scripture in community! Our time together will be a relaxing and interactive experience taking us back to Paul's jail cell where his reflections, captured in this text, will have us contemplating how we can experience true joy in our call to ministry. You, as members of the ministerium, your spouse, if you are married, and your children are invited to join this retreat experience. Registration opens June 3, 2019!

Retreat Speaker:

Rev. Dr. David Kersten Dean of North Park Theological Seminary and Vice-President of Church Relations for North Park University

Retreat Dates:

Tuesday, September 17th – Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Retreat Location:

Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa Two Grasslawn Avenue Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928

Retreat Costs

Ministerium Member Registration Early Registration (by 7/17/19): $100 Regular Registration (by 8/1/19): $125 Late Registration (by 9/2/19): $150

Spouse Registration Spouse Early Registration (by 7/17/19): $15 Spouse Regular Registration (by 8/1/19): $25 Spouse Late Registration (by 9/2/19): $35

Child Registration Child Early Registration (by 7/17/19): $15 Child Regular Registration (by 8?1/19): $25 Child Late Registration (by 9/2/19): $35

Lodging Westin Hilton Head island Resort & Spa - $159 per night + applicable taxes and fees

Call Marriott Reservations at 1(888) 236-2427 or (843) 681-4000 on or before Friday, August 9, 2019 and request the Southeast Conference Ministerium & Family Retreat Room Block Rate for the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa or reserve your hotel room online.


• Direct beach access

• Indoor and outdoor swimming pools

• Complimentary local shuttle service to Town Centre, golf and tennis facility

• Daily fitness classes

• Complimentary use of steam room

• Complimentary Westin Family Kids Club Daily Activity

• On-site Spa

• Biking/ walking trails

• Discounted golf and tennis rates

Fall 2019 Ministerium & Family Retreat Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, September 17th

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Session 1

Wednesday, September 18th

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Session II

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – BREAK

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Session III

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch

2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – FREE TIME

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Session IV

Thursday, September 19th

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Session V

11:00 a.m. – Retreat Concludes

Good Standing

To be a member of the Southeast Conference ministerium credentialed clergy must be in good standing. To maintain good standing, a credentialed Covenant minister must do the following:

  1. Pay annual dues to the treasurer of the conference in which the minister serves. To verify your ‘good standing’ status in terms of ministerium dues clergy should contact their conference ministerium treasurer. Military Chaplains should contact the Covenant Denomination’s Ministerium Executive Committee treasurer and missionaries should contact Serve Globally administration.

  2. Complete a current profile on CovConnect. The profile should be updated every 3 years in order to qualify as “current.”

  3. Complete the Vocational Growth Tool (VGT) each year. The VGT is found under the resources tab within CovConnect.

  4. Maintain regular healthy connections with ECC ministerial colleagues. This can be achieved in a number of creative ways from attendance at conference or denominational retreats, Midwinter or Gather and regular gathering with clergy colleagues in conference networks in person, via phone or Skype conversations.


‘Well done, good and faithful servants’

Clabon Alexander leslie

Pastor Clabon Alexander Leslie died on April 29, 2019. He served as assistant pastor of Faith Christian Covenant Church for 15 years before being called to serve as pastor of Key Largo Community Covenant Church in 2007. He served the church faithfully until his death. Pastor Leslie leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Mary Ann Leslie and their two children, Clabon Leslie, Jr. and Kristina Leslie. 

Pastor Leslie served in prison ministry as a chaplain at the Miami-Dade County Stockade. This experience allowed him to obtain a lifetime membership in the National Chaplain’s Association. In 1998, Pastor Leslie was the keynote speaker at the National Black Lawyer’s Convention held in Miami.  Pastor Leslie also served the Overtown community (now known as Wynwood) as a barber for over fifty-three (53) years.

John Alton Sterling

John Alton Sterling served as an ordained ministered for 65 years, pastoring churches in Kansas and Alabama. He loved to read, analyze the stock market, collect model cars and tractors, enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and talking about his antique car. Most of all, he loved his family and his greatest joy was to be with them. After a nearly miraculous healing from a life-threatening illness in 2013, God gave John a dream about a men’s Bible study in which there were six men, 3 whom he knew and 3 he did not. The dream was so vivid, he pondered it for several weeks, mentioning it to several others. At the first meeting, there were 6 men present–3 he knew, and 3 he did not. The Bible study eventually grew to nearly 20 committed men who meet every week to pray and study. He regarded it as one of the highlights of his life. John died suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes on October 22, 2018.

David Elowson

After a brief illness, David Elowson, retired Covenant Pastor and fellow SEC Ministerial Association colleague, went home to the Lord on July 20, 2018. David’s family, Trailer Estates Covenant Church, and Tri-Par Estates Covenant Church extend an invitation to come together with them to celebrate Dave’s life and remember his faithful ministry to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A “Witness to the Resurrection” service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm at Trailer Estates Covenant Church, Bradenton, FL. Rev. Robert Dvorak will be officiating.

Jim Swanson

Retired Covenant minister, James Swanson, who helped guide the Covenant’s ministries to people with disabilities, died Sunday, March 18, 2018. He was 80. Jim suffered from stage four glioblastoma, a brain cancer. He was in hospices care for the last few weeks and quietly slipped into glory to be with the Lord on Sunday morning at 5:45am. Jim’s interest in serving people with disabilities began when his daughter Karna was born with Down Syndrome in 1971. He helped launch the first of what would become Covenant Enabling Residences (CER), Bjorklund House, where his daughter was a charter resident.