Covenant Church

Presbyterian Church in America


Apart from Christ we can do nothing.




  • 8AFD3528-4E8A-4888-A6E1-5175B6B788B5.jpeg
  • Sagans.png
  • Sagan family.png

Rev. Dr. Paul Sagan, Senior Pastor


Rev. Dr. Paul Sagan has been pastor at Covenant Church (PCA) Fayetteville, Arkansas since 1983. He grew up in Fairhope, Alabama and attended Ole Miss on a footall scholarship. He graduated with a B.A. in English in 1979. At Ole Miss the Lord graciously called him to Himself and into the Gospel ministry. He received his MDiv. At Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and later his Doctor of Ministry from New Geneva Seminary in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also graduated from the U.S. Army Chaplain Basic and Advanced Courses and served in the Army Reserves and National Guard for 7 years.


In 1986, Paul married a talented artist, Denise Barta, in Rogers, Arkansas. Denise worked for and recently retired from DaySpring, a division of Hallmark. She now enjoys pursuing her passion with art and has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for this God-gifted talent. Paul and Denise have four grown children, Joy, Anna, Joseph, and Christina.


  • Jay Color.jpg
  • Bruces.png
  • Bruce family.png

Rev. Dr. James E. Bruce, Associate Pastor


Rev. Dr. James E. Bruce was ordained in Covenant’s sanctuary in October 2018 to serve as our assistant pastor. Now our associate pastor, Jay enjoys preaching and teaching; meeting people and meeting with people; and talking about and reading almost anything. And he really likes to laugh! Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jay had a New England boyhood before moving to Texas while still in elementary school. Jay studied engineering sciences and English at Dartmouth College (A.B), theology at the University of Oxford (B.A., M.A.), and philosophy at Baylor University (M.A., Ph.D.).


Jay is a professor of philosophy at John Brown University and the inaugural director of the Center for Faith and Flourishing. His first book, Rights in the Law, explores the relationship between God’s free choices and morality in the thought of Francis Turretin (1623–1787). Jay is currently at work on what feels like a never-ending book project exploring the relationship of Christianity, justice, and equality.


But you don’t have to buy anything to read some of what he’s written: Jay has contributed to Acton CommentaryThe Aquila ReportLaw & LibertyThe Gospel CoalitionWORLD magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Though he doesn’t own a television, he has succumbed to the lure of social media. You can follow him on Twitter @JamesEBruce. He also blogs, very occasionally, at


Jay has been married to his wonderful wife, Kathryn, since 2003, and together they have the privilege of raising Lydia Jane, Thomas, Matthew, and Philip.


Doug Nystrom, Assistant Pastor

  • Pete Golden.jpg
  • Golden family.png

Pete Golden, Ruling Elder, Youth Directior


Pete attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and later served 3 years in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Infantryman, where he says “I dug ditches and jumped out of perfectly good aircraft!”.


Currently, along with Pete’s responsibilities as Covenant Church’s Youth Minister, he teaches Science at Haas Hall Academy in Bentonville. Consequently, with these work responsibilities along with raising three children, he states he doesn’t have much free time but in times past he has enjoyed such hobbies as coin collecting and birdwatching.


Pete became involved in youth ministry in 1999. He was single and fresh out of the Army and looking to get involved at Covenant Church however he could. As providence would have it, he ended up assisting the Youth Minister, Reed Dunn at that time. (Reed is now the pastor of Christ the King PCA in Joplin, MO). When Reed left Covenant Church to attend seminary, the Session asked Pete to fill in temporarily until a replacement could be found. Pete says...”I guess they are still looking!” Pete says “So, I guess there was no Road to Damascus moment for me, just the providential marriage of willingness and opportunity.”


Pete is married to his wife Cora who homeschools their three beautiful children, Hezekiah, Wren and Ezra.