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Every Road Covenant Church to go public Palm Sunday, April 5

Posted: March 14, 2009 1:30 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2009 4:30 a.m.
"What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."
- Micah 6:8

For the past year or so, Dean and Tess Cox felt like something was missing.

Something missing in their lives. Something missing within the community.

Especially considering the world's path as of late: fires followed by mud slides, foreclosed homes, a rotting economy.

The Coxes felt a deep urge to put Scripture into action.

"We have just felt like there is a crying need in our community for churches to turn themselves outward," Cox said, "because there's so much hurting and people who need help."

That's when Every Road Covenant Church started to take form.

The couple, residents of the Santa Clarita Valley for almost 25 years, started talking and brainstorming about starting a new covenant that focused more on serving the community.

"The more we talked and thought about it," Cox said, "we found people of like minds who wanted to do this and make it a service of effort instead of just sitting and absorbing."

The Santa Clarita Valley is filled with many organizations that offer a lending hand to those in need. Every Road Covenant Church wants to not only be the hand that participates, but also a hand that encourages others to join in serving, as well.

"There are so many good programs in the city which desperately need our citizens to get involved in," Cox said.

Every Road Covenant Church believes in basic Christian beliefs and theology. It is also a place where men and women are equal in regards to leadership, and where the major emphasis is to be intentionally helping and serving the community.

The Coxes, along with about 30 other individuals, have met over the past year to organize themselves and what they set out to do.

"We meet in our home in Valencia every Sunday night," Cox said. "We feed everybody and then plan for what we're getting ready to do here."

"Our hope is to not only reach our community with the Christian message but to act on that message by getting directly involved to help those who are hurting," he said.

The newfound church is associated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, which offers logistical support. Both organizations share a similar mission and vision.

"It's time to turn the church into the community and make a difference, instead of telling the community everything they are doing wrong," Cox said.

Pastor of the new church is Tess Cox.

"In conservative churches, they don't have women as pastors," Dean Cox said. "If we're all part of God's creation, why ignore (half the leadership) God's given?"

Tess Cox completed her Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and has been on the staff at Grace Baptist and Northpark churches over the last 20 years.

"She's got a long history of being in the church," her husband said.

Every Road Covenant Church plans to officially go public Palm Sunday, April 5.

"We're hoping to attract about 200 to the first service on Palm Sunday," Cox said. "We kind of need a critical mass (of people) to go public."

Cox said the name of the church came about because God calls people to himself from every road of life.

"We're very excited about what the future holds and how we might partner with our community to help it," he said.

For more information visit Every Road Covenant Church's Web site at or call (661) 296-3409.


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