Leonard Griffin

Senior Pastor
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Len began in full time pastoral ministry in 1979 as a youth pastor.  In 1988 he and Sharon and a team from their former church established Covenant of Grace Christian Fellowship.  Len’s strength in ministry is as a pastor/teacher with an emerging apostolic passion for training and mentoring leaders and providing support to international church networks and outreach ministries in Africa and South-east Asia.  

He has been actively involved in Phoenix area city-reaching initiatives for over 20 years as well as state wide prayer initiatives, Pastors Prayer Summits, and in the formation and establishment of Pastors in Covenant Groups.

Sharon Griffin

Senior Pastor
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Sharon has established recovery and outreach related ministries, including the development of Global Transitions, a Community Development Corporation targeting the growing refugee and immigrant population of Phoenix. She shares in the preaching and teaching duties at Covenant of Grace and oversees many of the programs and ministries of the church. She also shares in the growing apostolic calling and relationship that is being established locally and abroad through the influence of Covenant of Grace.

Emilio and Mary Parada

Youth Pastors

Emilio and Mary have a very passionate heart for the Lord, and both of their strong histories make many identify with them. Their stories tell us how trials, struggles and hardships create the perfect soil for faith to grow deeper and for trust to be built just on God. Though both own successful businesses they recognize their only boasting is in Him and aim to be used for His Glory. They recognize their purpose is to lead their kids, each other and others to get to know Jesus. It was their 13 year old daughter Camy who inspired them to jump in and serve in the youth ministry again, as youth pastors. Their desire is for young people to take their place as part of the army of God and to fearlessly serve Him.

Kathy Wright

Worship Director

Kathy Wright grew up as a rancher’s daughter on the plains of southeastern Montana, and the southwest coast of Florida during her highschool years. Her early years found her playing piano by ear, and she often accompanied her Dad and sister singing when her Dad would preach as a layman on the Indian reservations in Montana. Kathy’s Mom was also the music leader at their small church in Montana. Ultimately, Kathy began her music studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she majored in Music Education with a piano emphasis. Eventually Kathy moved to Nashville TN where she met her husband Danny. After living in both Tennessee and Florida, she and Danny relocated to Phoenix where Danny is now employed as a Pilot for U.S. Airways.

Prior to leading worship at Covenant of Grace, Kathy was one of the worship leaders at Belmont Church in Nashville, and at Riverside Christian Fellowship in Coral Springs, Florida. She is also a published songwriter, continues to write music, and loves leading others in worship each week. She considers quiet time and coffee serious contenders with nearly anything else on her schedule. Kathy and her husband Danny are Mom and Dad to Bethany and Daniel, whom they also homeschool.

Roy Benfield

Children's Ministry Director

Roy Benfield was born in PA, in a very small town and moved to the Glendale area when He was 12. He got involved in being a teacher for the children’s ministry while his daughter was 2 years old. Guess you could say he got hooked, because about 25 years later he is still involved in the children’s ministry. Not only has he worked with children at church but also coached soccer for 15 years. (His daughter got him involved in that one too). Having literally worked with thousands of kids over the years, one thing that is on his heart and is his goal, is to show young ones Gods love and power through God word. The Lord knows how much love children need, especially in our world that we live in today. Living a true walk with the Lord is Roy’s number one goal. He also enjoys sports and classic cars.