First Reformed CornerstoneFounded in 1916 in uptown Charlotte as First Reformed Church, Holy Covenant is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC) — one of the United States’ traditional Protestant denominations born of the merger of four historic American communities of faith. In fact, we trace our heritage in the US as far back as the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock. These Congregationalists, and the many people who followed them, sought the liberty to believe and worship God as their conscience dictated. Several hundred years later, the UCC continues to believe that God is still speaking to God’s people — and we continue to build on our tradition of being The First to celebrate and honor the gifts of all of God’s people: women, people of color, LGBTQ and more.



Rev. Fredrick D. Robinson
Interim Pastor

Fredrick earned advanced degrees from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Religion and Christian Thought), and Chicago Theological Seminary (Master of Sacred Theology in Social Transformation). A 2014 Fellow of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary, he was recently selected as an  “Emerging Theologian” for the Freedom Center for Social Justice’s 2018 conference on Liberating Theologies. In addition to his work as Associate Pastor, he is the former Executive Director of Mecklenburg Ministries, Charlotte’s oldest interfaith network, whose mission is to build bridges across differences.

Fredrick is also the former pastor of the Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta as well as the former Moderator for the Cabin Creek Missionary Baptist Association. Prior to arriving at Mt. Gilead in May 2006, he served as pastor of the Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church in Cordele, Ga., as well as the chairman of the Gum Creek Missionary Baptist Union, a division of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc.

An accomplished, award-winning journalist, he has over 20 years of experience as an editor and writer where he has covered the following issues: Faith and values, the family, the black church, state and local taxes, business development and entrepreneurship, the criminal justice system, education, politics, and welfare reform. He has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Patheos, Black Enterprise, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, and the Atlanta Constitution. A native of Atlanta, he has been married to Felicia Renee Williams for 30 years. They have three children, Fredrick Daniel Jr., 26; Kyra Ashley, 20; and Jordan Michael, 18.


Rev. Cheri Dennis
Interim Associate Pastor

Cheri earned her Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary – Charlotte in April, 2019.  Prior to becoming a pastor, she spent 33 years in the accounting field, retiring from Paul Simon Co., a retail clothing store in Charlotte, in 2017.  She has many years of experience as a volunteer for and with the church including singing in the choir, playing handbells, piano and  guitar, serving as a lay minister, worship leader, Sunday School teacher and Stephen Minister.  She continues to serve as a short-term mission team leader with MOST Ministries.  In the community, she has been active with Habitat for Humanity and Mecklenburg Ministries.  She is currently a member of Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice and a volunteer chaplain for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

She and her husband Keith have been married for 47 years.  They have two children and four grandchildren, son Nathan & wife Lindsay, grandchildren Adrianne and Evan, and daughter Mary, and grandchildren Troy and Ava.


Dawn SimmonsMs. Dawn Simmons
Executive Assistant

The support staff and “keeper of all things necessary, unnecessary, and questionable”, Dawn has served Holy Covenant since 2009. Dawn earned a BSB in Finance from University of Phoenix, and is multi-talented in organizing church financial resources, coordinating vendors and schedules, creating outgoing communications on various media, and overall managing church administrative activities. She’s helpful with dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s as a final step in many church projects and processes. To members, she is willing to “be the bridge” to keep people connected and to get them where they need to go. Dawn is often the first point of contact for people who are new to the church, and is an advocate and champion of both the UCC and Holy Covenant’s mission for equality and inclusion.

Dawn has a soft spot in her heart for animals of all kind, loves to garden and has taken an interest in supporting pollinators of various types. She’s committed to recycling and repurposing everything she  can, and connects people and things with those in need within our community. Her husband Jimmy & son Kyle will vouch for that!





The Rev. Fredrick D. Robinson
Interim Pastor

Ms. Dawn Simmons
Executive Assistant

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Charlotte NC 28269