About New Covenant Fellowship
Welcome to New Covenant Fellowship PCA Church of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, located in the Greater Harrisburg Area. New Covenant is a congregation of believers committed to the message of God’s saving grace through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that the only hope our fallen human race has is the hope that flows from the cross of Christ where He bled and died for our sins.
New Covenant Fellowship is a part of the Presbyterian Church in America, a denomination committed to the Bible as the inerrant, inspired Word of God, to the Great Commission to take the Gospel to all the world, and to the Biblical doctrines of grace. We believe that God is fully sovereign over the affairs of all the peoples of this world, that all of history is marching forward according to His plans and purposes, and that Christ will someday return in glory to establish a new heavens and a new earth, bringing final judgment upon this world.
The New Covenant Fellowship Mission Statement
As a body united in Christ and led by Scripture, we at New Covenant Fellowship exist to see the grace and truth of Jesus Christ transform the privilege, politics, and poverty that surround us in Greater Harrisburg, and the world. We will do this by learning, loving, and living out the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
Underneath this mission is a desire to be a church that exists not for ourselves, but for the flourishing of those around us. As ambassadors of Jesus, we want to creatively engage, encouragingly relate, and lovingly treat the places, the people, and the things to which we are called. We aim to do this by learning, loving, and living out of the center of all truth and the source of all thriving—the gospel.
New Covenant Fellowship History (1972 to present)
Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church came into existence on November 30, 1972, under the leadership of its founding pastor, Rev. John Werner. On the first Sunday of November 1972, 15 members gathered to form a reformed, Presbyterian congregation in the borough of Mechanicsburg. Two years later the church called Rev. John Wall as Senior Pastor.
There were several decisions to make. Would we be an independent church or affiliated with a particular network or denomination? What would be our responsibility to the surrounding communities? Would we purchase a larger space to facilitate growth?
Soon after moving to the new facility, John Wall left New Covenant Fellowship in the summer of 1991. In August of the following year, our congregation called Dr. Bruce Mawhinney as new Senior Pastor. Under Dr. Mawhinney’s leadership we were able to establish a strong identity in Christian education and teaching. Dr. Mawhinney is an accomplished preacher and writer, best known for his book on homiletics, Preaching with Freshness, written under the auspices of Jay Adams. Dr. Mawhinney left New Covenant Fellowship in the Winter of 2005.
Brett Hartman was called to be our new Senior Pastor in September 2006. A graduate of Kansas University and Covenant Seminary, Brett is married to Tara and is dad to Caleb, Nathan, Seth, and Anna. Brett previously served with Cru at Indiana University. He also served as Associate Pastor and Interim Pastor at New Covenant Fellowship (2002–2006).
Pastor Brett’s formative experiences include being a ranger at Philmont Scott Ranch in New Mexico, living in Tashkent Uzbekistan for a summer, and suffering with his wife through the loss of a daughter. Influential voices in Brett’s life include Ron Lutjens, Bryan Chappell, Tim Keller, C. S. Lewis, Bob Dylan, Brennan Manning, and Saint Augustine. In his free time, you might find Brett playing tennis, playing with his dog Daisy, kayaking down the Yellow Breaches, or cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs.