Pastoral Leadership

David McWilliams

Rev. David B. McWilliams, Ph.D., Senior Minister

Dr. McWilliams is the Senior Minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland and has served there for more than three decades. He is married to Vicky, and they have a son, Evan, who is a pastor in England. David’s passions are the study of Scriptures, Reformed and Puritan theology, Christ-centered preaching, and shepherding people. He is a graduate of Mercer University (B.A.), of Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.R., M.Div.), and of the University of Wales (Ph.D.)

Formerly, Dr. McWilliams served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas. He has authored numerous articles published in the Westminster Theological Journal, Puritan Reformed Journal, Modern Reformation, Tabletalk, and others, and written booklets in the Banner Mini Guides and Cultivating Biblical Godliness series. He has also authored Galatians: A Mentor Commentary and the Hebrews volume for the Lectio Continua Commentary Series (2nd edition forthcoming). Dr. McWilliams serves on the Board at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, SC.


Rev. Jeff McDonald, Associate Minister

Pastor Jeff McDonald is an Associate Minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Jeff had previously dedicated nearly 20 years of service towards nurturing and ministering to youth and their families. Currently he serves on the Christian Education Committee, Shepherding Commission, and Executive Commission. Jeff assists with the preaching ministry, adult education, men's ministry, and provides Biblical counseling including premarital counseling. His responsibilities also include serving on the Southwest Florida Presbytery shepherding committee. He and his wife, Robyn, have two sons and one amazing daughter-in-law. Jeff and his family enjoy partaking in the many outdoor activities offered in Central Florida. Jeff is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (B.B.A. with concentration in human resource management) and Westminster Seminary California (M.Div.). 


Rev. Adam McNeal, Associate Minister of Youth and Families

Adam moved to Lakeland in 2016 to be Pastoral Intern at Covenant. At the end of his internship, he was called to remain at Covenant as Associate Minister. Adam is dedicated to shepherding the young people in Christ's church, coming alongside parents in bringing up covenant children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). Adam and his wife, Ellie, have three children: Annie, Sam, and Hope. Adam is a graduate of Boyce College (B.A.) and Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M.Div.).