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ABOUT WCC

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Peter Hawkinson

Senior Pastor | email me

It has been my joy to serve here at Winnetka Covenant Church since the spring of 2001. Previously I have served Covenant Churches in Seattle and Minneapolis. I am a Chicago native, and a graduate of Covenant Bible College, the University of North Dakota, and North Park Theological Seminary. I enjoy books (especially historical fiction), music, sports, and coffee. My wife Bonnie and I are parents to Hannah, Sarah, and Kristina, who fill our lives with laughter.

I am invigorated by the work of ministry in the local Church context. I enjoy the relationships we share together as staff and congregation, and the constant re-visioning process that's at the heart of mutual ministry. I love to worship God in the context of this community of friends. I am blessed in the call from God to preach and pastor.

And I believe that the days ahead will be full of new opportunities for us to engage the life of discipleship and the call to reach out with the love of Christ in our community. These will be our priorities moving ahead. We seek to be an authentic spiritual community of growing Christians who witness to the Grace of God in Jesus. I hope you might join us on this journey.

Welcome to Winnetka Covenant Church!


Serving as Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach at Winnetka Covenant Church is a joy and a privilege. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated from North Park College in Chicago, and received my Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2004. After seminary I served as a chaplain resident at a hospital and long term care facility in Burnsville, Minnesota, for two years. I have been serving at Winnetka Covenant since July, 2006 and was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant denomination in June, 2007.

I enjoy art, music, reading, running, biking, tennis, and spending time with my husband, Tom, and my son, Micah.

I am passionate about equipping and encouraging the church to:

  • foster relationships that overcome the isolation and loneliness that are marks of our culture;
  • continually grow as followers of Christ and as the body of Christ;
  • discover and use our unique, God-given gifts to bring glory to God and hope and healing to the world; and
  • be an agent of change for compassion and justice.

  • Before arriving in Chicago, New England was home. I grew up just outside of Boston, enjoyed my undergraduate experience at Bates College in Maine, and served as the Director of Youth and Discipleship at Trinity Covenant Church in Lexington, Massachusetts. Then North Park Theological Seminary beckoned to me, and I came and completed my Master of Divinity degree in 2012.

    I hope my life and ministry proclaim the faithfulness of Christ. My call to ministry arrived through a variety of channels: big events (like CHIC) along with small Bible study groups with Intervarsity. I heard about God on Sunday mornings, vacationing at Pilgrim Pines, and sitting at our family dinner table for Advent devotions.

    Walking through life with teenagers creates many opportunities for conversation, laughter, questions, and friendship. The Church is a richer place with them, and I am grateful to be welcomed into their lives. If I’m not at my desk, you might find me listening to Stevie Wonder, eating a Chicago hot dog, enjoying tea and conversation, Skyping with my family, reading poetry with friends, or exploring the city on a bicycle built for two with my husband, Andy.


    I found Winnetka Covenant when we happened to move nearby in 2004. As the hymn says: "What a fellowship! What a joy divine. Leaning on the everlasting arms." I've been blessed to find WCC a thriving community committed to serving Christ together with a strong heritage and practice of excellent music.

    Growing up with parents as church musicians and frequent family gatherings centered on making music together, I pursued musical training in voice, receiving a BA at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and MM at the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. I've taught preschool music for Baldwin piano & Organ. I'm a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. I taught private voice for 16 years at Oral Roberts University. I've been a soloist in oratorio and recital through the years and was a member of Signature Chorale in Tulsa and Chicago Symphony Chorus. I like a diversity of musics from choral and symphonic, a capella and jazz. I love singing and moving with children and always need to have a good spiritual going through my head and heart.

    I married Jon Pegis, Chicago Symphony cellist in 2003. I have 3 sons, Philip, Peter and Stephen; 2 step sons, Michael and Jason, and one granddaughter, Izzy- born 2008. Besides following my kids living in Tulsa, Amsterdam and Seattle via facebook, I pursue organic gardening, home improvements and hope to get back to quilting soon.

    I love lifting praise to our Creator and Savior in music and leading others to find their place in music ministry too.


    Judi received her BS in Marketing from Valparaiso University and an MS in Counseling from National Louis University. In the summer of 2014 she completed a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary.

    In 2011, Judi retired after 20 years as Executive Director of the Women's Exchange, a Winnetka not-for-profit organization serving women from the entire North Shore.

    Judi and her husband Howard raised three sons in Northfield, living in the same house for 46 of the 47 years of their marriage. They now have 8 grandchildren who live nearby and consider that house their 'weekend getaway', much to Judi's delight.


    Joshua Smith

    Organist | email me

    I have been privileged to be the organist for Winnetka Covenant Church since 2003. Having taken private piano lessons since the age of five, in 2001 I began studying organ under Devon Hollingsworth - organist/music director at Christ Church of Oakbrook. After a year of study, I began substituting at different churches, as well as playing for weddings and funerals throughout the Chicago area. After being referred by a member of the congregation, I began subbing at WCC while they were without an organist. Not long afterward began my relationship with the church as organist. Working here has helped me grow greatly as a musician and it has been a joy working with the staff. WCC and the church family have blessed me in so many ways during my time here. The love and support shown by this church community is both astounding and humbling.




    I have been blessed to serve Winnetka Covenant Church for 12 years, following many years in the Department of Christian Formation of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Our staff works well together and going to work is a pleasure. I have also been a member at Winnetka Covenant for close to thirty years and treasure friendships made along the way. I grew up in Michigan and have two daughters who are my biggest joy. I enjoy a lot of different things, particularly gardening, sports, needlework and time with family.


    I have enjoyed working in the office of Winnetka Covenant since the

    spring of 2000. A fourth-generation Covenanter, I grew up in Rockford,

    IL and lived for a few years in Phoenix, AZ but have lived in

    the northern suburbs of Chicago for over 30 years. I have been a member

    of Winnetka Covenant since 1979 and have participated in many different

    activities and ministries at Winnetka Covenant over the years, but the most consistent has been singing in the choir.

    My husband and I are now empty nesters, with three grown and married

    daughters and an adult son. We thoroughly enjoy spending

    time together as a family, especially enjoying our seven granddaughters and one grandson. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and any type of needlework.


    I have been a Covenant Pastor and Administrator for over 50 years. Now officially "retired," I am honored to serve Winnetka Covenant as Pastor Emeritus after serving many years most recently as Parish Associate. I was Senior Pastor at Winnetka Covenant from 1967-1986. In the intervening years, I held Pastorates at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, IL and North Park Covenant on Chicago's north side. I have also held leadership positions in administration and faculty appointments at North Park University and Theological Seminary, the national church, as well as pastorates on Long Island, NY, Waltham, MA, and Seattle, WA.

    Currently, I am involved as chair of the board of Ministry Mentors, coaching ministers across the country. I am fortunate to be married to Laurel, my wife of 55 years. We have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren, all living in the Chicago area.

    Art is the author of the book, "Prayers: Public and Personal," an invaluable resource for pastors as they minister to individuals in times of pain and grief, and in times of significance and celebration. This small volume is designed to be carried during visitation to hospital and home, and includes prayers for a multitude of unique pastoral situations, Scripture passages, and selected services from The Covenant Book of Worship.


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