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Our Story

How it all started...

Covenant Churches of East Texas, intimately referred to as CCOET, is a work started under the leadership of Sr. Pastors Jan and Susan Pate. Bishop Thomas Elton Pate, Sr. and his wife Glendale Pate, the parents of Jan, began building their ministry in Rusk in 1963, which later became First Church on the Hill under the direction of Jan and Susan in 1997, and is now known as Covenant Church. Our Sr. Pastors have now turned the full-time pastoring over to their daughter and son-in-law, Pastors Jeremy and Bri'Ann Driver.
Sr. Pastors Jan and Susan Pate
Pastors Jeremy and Bri'Ann Driver


Pastors Jeremy and Bri’Ann Driver began pastoring Covenant full-time in July of 2020. They serve with passion, integrity, energy and the love of Jesus Christ shining through them. We are so grateful for the work of those who went before us and paved the way for CCOET to be what it has become. This is a place for you and your family to grow, learn, develop and be continually better! We would love to have you join us on Sunday morning. 

Expanding the vision...

We work to serve our community throughout the year. We hold several events that are open to the city of Rusk to give people the opportunity to meet us and get to know what we stand for and believe in.  We love this city and our church was founded on love for Rusk and the surrounding community. We believe in servanthood and serving your local city and community to spread the love of Jesus Christ. 

Where we are headed...

We know God has BIG things in store for Covenant Churches of East Texas. We are committed to following Him and bringing more souls to the Kingdom of God. We have a vision to reach as many families as possible and help each family live the purposed life they were designed and created to live.

We are His hands and feet and are called to witness the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it is good news! From equipping people and their families, to helping them take the next steps in their walk with Christ, we are here to love and support you until He returns.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together