Rev. Becca Weaver Longino
Becca joined New Covenant in ministry in April 2018 and is delighted to be serving the church that was formative to her during seminary. Becca grew up in Colorado, where she skied and hiked as often as she could. She has called Austin home since she came to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2009. Becca has a heart for multicultural ministry and loves to engage in dialogue about God and community when there are diverse voices at the table. She lives in Austin with her husband, JT, and their two children Abigail and Bennett, as well as their sweet rescue dog, Rilla, and their flock of backyard chickens called Steel Eggnolias.
Books that have shaped her: Faith Seeking Understanding by Daniel Migliore, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
Movies that make her cry: Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Inside Out.
TV shows she has binge-watched: The Office, Anne with an E, Friday Night Lights, The West Wing, The Good Place, and Kim's Convenience.
Places she has traveled and seen God's beautiful creation: 37 of the 50 U.S. States, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Mexico, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Israel/Palestine, Norway, and Scotland.
Elder Danita Nelson
Director of Spiritual Formation
Danita Nelson is a beloved child of God, delivered through loving parents Wyvon Ruth Ross Nelson and Oliver Nelson in Danville, Illinois.
Educated in Danville public schools, she completed a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Economics from the University of Texas. She is the recipient of the Certificate in Ministry and a Spring 2021 graduate, having earned a Master of Arts in Ministry Practice from Austin Presbyterian Seminary.
Between undergraduate school and answering a call to professional ministry, Danita served as an officer in the United States Air Force, sold television and print advertising, worked as a State of Texas Civil Rights Investigator/Manager, and cherished the laboras a cultural arts administrator and programming coordinator.
The mother of two adult children, four grandchildren, and a grand dog. It is a
blessing to find purpose in loving the Lord and serving God’s people.
Rev. Jeffrey Saddington
Jeff's path to seminary became clear near the end of his 35-year stateside
and international career with Johnson & Johnson when he accepted a friend's invitation to visit a maximum-security prison and was impressed by the depth of faith and knowledge of Scripture among the inmates. Upon retiring in 2008, Jeff began seminary 3 days later, graduating APTS in 2011 and beginning part-time chaplain work with Hospice Austin that he continues to enjoy today.
Carol and Jeff began worshiping at NCFA in 2011, soon enjoying working
with Trish, Becca, and Pastor James to establish the early Sunday chapel
services. Jeff has had a heart for local programs providing social services.
With five children mostly of Korean descent, four children-in-law, and seven
grandchildren, Jeff is affectionately known within the family as "Haraboji,"
the Korean name for Grandfather.
Jeff loves sports and has a wide range of interests.
Rev. Trish Holland, Honorably Retired
Patricia Gladney Holland grew up in Homer, LA as the oldest of seven children. She earned a B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis,TN and a M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 1968.
She served congregations in Waco and Rockdale, TX, Denver and Colorado Springs, CO before joining Pastor James Lee in starting NCFA in 2008.
Trish is the mother of four adult children and enjoys seven grandchildren. She enjoys reading & writing and has published six books: GOD IS NOT NICE, A HUSBAND'S NOT A HORSE, A WELL KEPT SECRET, HOPE IS A LUMBERING LADY, A SECOND HELPING OF GRACE, and GRACE ABOUNDS.