Jack Phelps has been the Pastor of Covenant Bible Church since April, 1984. Originally licensed to preach the Gospel by Victorville Bible Church in 1973, he was ordained to the Christian ministry in August, 1984.
Pastor Phelps undertook his baccalaureate studies in geology at San Diego State College and Portland State University. He received his theological training at Multnomah School of the Bible, earning a ThB (major in English Bible and minor in Koine Greek) in 1978. While at Multnomah, he read extensively in the writings of B.B. Warfield, Charles Hodge, E.J. Young, Louis Berkhof and R.J. Rushdoony. This convinced him to leave dispensationalism and embrace covenant theology.
An Air Force veteran of the Vietnam war, Phelps has worked as a miner, a logger, a mechanic, a journalist, as professional staff for the Alaska State House of Representatives and the United States Senate and as an adviser to four Alaska governors.
Pastor Phelps is the author of Baptism: Two Vital Questions (Seventh Trumpet Books, 1990), How Home Schooling Will Change America (Seventh Trumpet Books, 1994) and Against Education Vouchers (Canon Press, 1994). He is currently working on a major study of the seven deadly sins and commentaries on I Corinthians and the Psalms of Asaph. He has been married to Debra (nee Howell) since 1970. They have 5 children and 18 grandchildren.
In the autumn of 2008, Pastor Phelps was elected Presiding Minister of the CREC Council. He served a 3 year term and was reelected in 2011 to a second term. He will preside until October, 2014.