Rodney Franklin was called to serve as Interim Pastor of BCOC in April 2019. Rodney is a native of Chicago, IL and an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College, a Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Savannah, GA, Cleveland, OH and Birmingham, AL. Currently, Rodney is a staff chaplain at UAB Hospital. He met his wife Angela while they were both students at Candler School of Theology.


Valerie Burton

Associate Pastor for Christian Formation

Valerie Burton was called to serve BCOC in April 2008 as Minister to Preschool, Children, and Youth. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University,  Nashville, TN and a Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia. Valerie and her husband Allan have been members of BCOC since 2002. They have two children, Carter and Marshall.


Daniel (Dan) Lawhon


Daniel (Dan) Edward Lawhon was called to be the Organist-Choirmaster in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and a Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the School of Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.


Taylor Bell

Minister of Community Engagement

Taylor Bell has returned to the Covenant family as the Minister of Community Engagement. Taylor was a member of BCOC while a student at Samford University. Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He lives with his wife Emily in Birmingham.


Sarah Shelton


Sarah Jackson Shelton was called to be the pastor of Baptist Church of the Covenant in 2002 and retired from the pulpit in April 2019. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Lloyd, have two children. 



Sherri Swickard

Financial Administrator 

Sherri Swickard became BCOC's financial administrator in 2017. Sherri previously worked for the Accounting and Mortgage Loan Department of Protective Life for 32 years. Sherri and her husband Kerry live in Clay, Alabama.


Josey Windham

Office Administrator 

Josey Windham became the Office Administrator at Covenant in 2017. Josey graduated in 2012 from American University in Washington, DC. She lived and worked for a non-profit in Washington until she moved back to her home town of Birmingham. 


Jimmy Hawley

Facilities Manager

Jimmy Hawley has served as the Facilities Manager since 2004. Jimmy is a life long member of Baptist Church of the Covenant. He and his wife Allison have two sons and live in Vestavia Hills.