Pastors & Staff
Drew Kornreich, Senior Pastor
Drew has been a pastor in the Presbyterian Church for the past seventeen years, all in the state of South Carolina. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up mainly in Maryland. He was reared in a Jewish home and became a Christian during college at the University of South Carolina.
While at USC, Drew worked as a strength and conditioning coach in the USC athletic department. It was there that he met his wife-to-be Penny who came from Southern California to play volleyball for the USC volleyball team. Drew credits his wife for playing a key role in leading him to faith in Jesus Christ. He was also encouraged by this pastor, Dr. Glen Knecht of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, to prayerfully consider seminary training. This decision led Drew and penny to St. Louis where they both graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary; Drew received a Master of Divinity and Penny earned her masters in general theological studies.
Now after 25 years of marriage, they continue to deepen in their love for one another, which they joyfully share with their six wonderful children ranging in ages from 5 to 17.
In addition to his pastoral work, Drew enjoys spending time with his family, reading, exercising when he has the energy and drinking cream-filled coffee.
Jeremiah Rivera, Assistant Pastor
Jeremiah Rivera is the Assistant Pastor at New Covenant Presbyterian Church (NCPC). He oversees Christian Education, Covenant Groups and Men's Ministry.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Bible from Columbia International University (Columbia, SC), and his Masters of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, CA).
Jeremiah did not become a Christian until he was 22 years old. After graduating high school he began a four-year adventure traveling across America and abroad throughout Europe. This season of his life, although full of adventure, left Jeremiah feeling empty and without direction. At the age of 21 he enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a helicopter search and rescue swimmer. His new career brought him stability and gave him direction but still he felt something was missing.
While stationed in San Diego, California a friend invited him to church. At that service, through the preaching of the Bible, Jeremiah came to realize that the fulfillment he had long been looking for and the sense of purpose he so desired was not to be found in great adventures, parties, or the perfect job but it could only be found in God and a life lived following after Jesus.
Jeremiah's eyes were opened that God was his Creator, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139:13), and that before this awesome God he had been living a rebellious and sinful life, "Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4). But with this new awareness of his rebellion and sinfulness before God came the GREAT news that, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). That day Jeremiah repented from his sins and believed in Jesus Christ. God filled the void in Jeremiah's life and since then it has been his passion and goal to share with others the good news of the grace of God and forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus.
Jeremiah has been married to his wonderful wife Melissa for over 8 years and they have 4 awesome, high-energy boys; Ethan, Grant, Luke and Landon.
What has had the greatest impact on your ministry? First, becoming a Christian later in life. I still remember clearly what it feels like to feel empty and lost in this world and yet searching endlessly for meaning in other things than God. Second, my oldest son has special needs. This has made me more empathetic for those who are hurting and suffer in this life.
What is your favorite verse? Right away I was drawn to Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and these things will be added to you." If we have all things but do not have God and his Son, we have nothing, but if we lose all things yet have the love of God and the righteousness of his Son, Jesus we will never be unsatisfied.
Fred Hope, Director of Student Ministries
Fred was born and raised in Winnsboro, SC as the son of a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. Although surrounded with an environment that presented the gospel daily to him, he didn't come to saving knowledge until the age of 18 as a senior in high school. During his college years, he realized the importance of a relationship to Christ in all spheres of life. Fred was also burdened during this time for the youth of reformed churches, where answers and doctrinal statements were readily available but translating that to practical, everyday living was sometimes a challenge for the youth of these churches.
Upon graduating with a degree in sociology, Fred taught 4 years of early elementary education. While teaching, he was burdened to begin seminary. Fred started classes at Columbia International University in the fall of 2005 and was a student there until 2010, transferring to Erskine to finish his Masters of Divinity. He has served as the youth director of Thomson Presbyterian Church (ARP) from 2010-2013 and has now undertaken the position of Director of Student Ministries at New Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in June of this past year. He hopes to complete his studies for the MDIV and ordained into the PCA by 2015. Fred still feels the burden of the youth today, particularly those in the reformed tradition who may know the answers in their heads, yet have trouble fleshing that out in daily life.
Fred is blessed to be married to his bride, Mara, for over five years now. He is also the proud father of a son named Thomas who keeps everyone busy while perfecting the art of walking.
Terry Shiver, Church Administrator
Son of an Air Force Officer, Terry went to 14 schools in the first nine grades. He graduated from Auburn University in Engineering and Harvard University, Masters in Business Administration. Married to Mary for 49 years, daughter Kim lives with her family in Columbia. He held a number of positions during a 34 year career with Owens Corning: engineer, project manager, operations and Global Director of Science & Technology. He traveled extensively as plants were built and has visited over 20 countries as the customer base expanded globally. After retirement from Owens Corning in 2002, he was a small business partner in medical imaging, software, refurbishing private aircraft, and engineering consulting.
Terry and Mary came to the Lord at the same time through the witness of a Christian counselor in Ohio. A family move from Toledo, Ohio to Aiken in 1981 brought them to Aiken a second time, and while not a charter member of NCPC, they joined this congregation while it still met at South Aiken High School. After officer training Terry served as a Deacon and Ruling Elder prior to relocating to Amarillo, Texas in 1991. He served as a Ruling Elder eleven years in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Texas before relocating to Taylors, South Carolina. in 2003. He served as a Ruling Elder in Mitchell Road PCA for nine years before relocating back to Aiken for the third time in 2012.
Terry serves on the Session, leads a Covenant Group, serves on the Men of The Covenant Leadership team, and uses his business experience to support the staff.
Rich Weldon, Staff Counselor
Rich is a Christian counselor with more than 32 years of service as the Staff Counselor at NCPC. His credentials include a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Citadel, a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Master of Social Work with an emphasis in individual and group counseling from Washington University in St. Louis.
As a Christian counselor he is a follower of Jesus Christ and believes that our lives should be ruled by what God has stated in the Bible. He assists individuals and couples in their efforts to be more Christ-like and has primarily been used in marriages, depression and family difficulties.
His services are free to church members and regular visitors and he has a sliding scale based on income and number of dependents for those referred to him from others. He accepts appointments in the evenings and on Saturdays.
Rich came to the Lord during college while battling with depression. He has been married to his bride, Lynne, for over 40 years and has two grown sons and four grandchildren. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has held numerous leadership positions both in the church and in his work as a counselor at a local community college. A former athlete, Rich enjoys the time he spends as a high school football referee and in his free time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, working in the yard and on his house with his Golden Retriever – Cooper.
Cindy Morse, Director of Children's Ministry
Cindy Morse is Director of Children's Ministries. She started attending Big Rockfish Presbyterian Church at the age of 6 in Hope Mills, North Carolina where she grew up. Impacted by the stories of Jesus, a passion for the word of God grew. She believes knowledge of Jesus and a relationship with Jesus will transform the next generation of our children.
As a member of Big Rockfish, she was a leader in the church serving as chair of the Christian Education Committee. Years later she moved to Hamburg, New York and served as Christian Co-coordinator at Hamburg Presbyterian Church. Cindy also returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.
She and her husband, Ron, moved to Aiken July 2014. Ron is the chaplain of the Aiken County Jail. In addition to serving NCPC, Cindy teaches Bible studies to women inmates at the jail.
As a blended family, Ron and Cindy are blessed with 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Heather Graham, Administrative Assistant
Heather was raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, making a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and baptized when she was nine. She graduated from Montreat College, located in Montreat, NC, with a BA in Human Services and Cross Cultural Studies. She has lived in Aiken, SC and been a member of NCPC for the past 9 years serving in various roles of ministry. She is also the mother of 3 amazing children.
Randa Berry, Music Ministry Director
Randa was born and raised in the small town of Max Meadows, Virginia. She was raised in a Christian home and made a profession of faith as a young girl. Randa was surrounded by music as a child and sang regularly in church from a young age. She began taking piano lessons at the age of eight and had an accomplished and loving piano teacher who challenged her and encouraged her with her studies in classical and sacred music.
Randa attended Crown College in Powell, TN. After graduating, the Lord gave her many opportunities to grow and use her musical gifts. She has been teaching private lessons for 13 years and has been a part of the music ministries, and the pianist for 3 different churches in the past 10 years.
Besides working in the music ministry at NCPC and teaching her eleven piano students, Randa loves spending quality time with her husband Anthony and their four beautiful children.