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Church GroundsLocation and Times:
1768 Dryden Rd.
Freeville, NY 13068

CLC is a large honey-colored barn located along Rt. 13 between Dryden and Ithaca, NY.

From Dryden: Take Rt. 13S, travel 3.7 miles and the church will be on the right.

From Downtown Ithaca: Take 13N, travel 10 miles and the church will be on the left after Kirk Rd.

Sunday service is 10:00am – 11:30am.

Contact Us:

607.347.4411 phone
607.347.4466 fax

Find us on Facebook at Covenant Love Community Church

Church Leaders:

Larry Cleek, Senior Elder

Larry came from the state of Washington and graduated from Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY in 1976. After marrying Sharon that summer, the two of them were House Parents at The Children’s Home in Harrison Valley, PA. for two years. In 1978, they moved to Memphis, TN, where Larry was licensed in the Assembly of God Church while he completed his BS degree from Memphis University and Creighton College. In the summer of 1981, they moved to Levittown, PA, where Larry pastored Levittown Mennonite Church and attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In 1986, Larry and Sharon moved to Freeville, NY where Larry has been teaching in Covenant Love Community School and pastoring Covenant Love Community Church . He has been the Senior Pastor for the last six years. Larry and Sharon have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

Nelson Mead, Elder

Nelson attended Salem School of the Bible in Brooklyn, NY for a year after graduating from high school. He then attended Cornell University and joined Covenant Love Community (then Love Inn) in 1977. A year after graduating from Cornell, he and Kathy were married in 1982. In 2004 he was ordained an elder of Covenant Love Community. Kathy and Nelson have 3 grown children. Vocationally, Nelson is the Chief Investment Officer of Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors and is a volunteer with the Freeville Fire Department.

Charlie Becker, Elder

Charlie has been a member of CLC for over 45 years, serving as small group and worship leader. He and his wife Carol are the parents of five adult children, and the grandparents of three sweet granddaughters. They make their home in the village of Dryden.

Stan Harrington, Elder

Stephanie Snedeker, Elder

I have been a member of Covenant Love Community Church since 1983. The relationships formed
during that time are still strong today. It was a time for our family to learn about and walk in what
covenant friendships were meant to look like and be. I was married to my High School Sweetheart for 49 years before he passed away in December 2022. I have 3 married children, who walk with the Lord and 10 grandchildren. My Husband and I led a Small Group at one time and we led a book study on the Season of Advent and one on the Lenten Season. I have a heart for prayer and over the years have been involved in a number of prayer groups. I have seen God move through the power of prayer. I have taught a number of Women’s Bible Study groups, which I enjoyed very much! At one time I oversaw the Small Group Leaders. I taught Kindergarten at Covenant Love School for 5 years. I am currently serving as an Elder as part of an Elder Team.

Gary Fick, Emeritus Elder

Gary Fick, and his wife Mae Ellen, became active at “Love Inn” in 1971.  He became an elder of CLC in 2004 and retired from that position in 2021.  They both have focused on intercessory prayer.  Gary was a professor in the agricultural college at Cornell University doing research and teaching in sustainable agriculture and forage crops.  Gary has published two books, Food, Farming, and Faith (2008) and Eternal Father, I Worship You (2022).  Their life is highlighted by their love for Jesus.

Ray Crognale, Emeritus Elder

Staff and Lay Leaders:

Mark Stupke, Business/Property and Grounds Manager

Mark, and his wife met at CLC (formerly Love Inn) in 1974.  They were married at CLC in 1978.  They have 3 married children and 11 Grandchildren with 1 more on the way.  Mark came on staff in 1988 after working for several years in accounting. His responsibilities are quite diverse.  He currently has 2 children in the CLC School and enjoys seeing them throughout the day. Mark and his wife lead a home group.  In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, hunting, fishing and boating. Mark is also a worshipper and enjoys drumming and playing percussion at CLC as well as supporting other musicians.

John Patterson, Worship Director

Pamela Bateman, Principal of CLCS

Pam came to CLCS as a student teacher in 1978, and the school became a life-long calling. In her 30+ years at the school, Pam has served in all areas: teacher training, classroom instruction, tutoring, administration, and curriculum & policy development. She entered the role of assistant principal in 1996 and later became principal in 1999. Pam loves working with the extremely committed group of people at CLCS. She is a visionary with a passion for children, families, and education. Pam and her husband have three adult children, all of whom attended CLCS. She is an avid reader and as such, is passionate about building a dynamic and engaging school library filled with exciting resources.

Anjanette Brown, Hardesty House Director

Anjanette Brown was born in Germany and spent the first few years of her life there. Later, she had the opportunity to live in several states, being raised in a military family; however, she considers Virginia her home. Anjanette accepted Christ as a young adult and has a call to mentor and assist young people, particularly women in crisis. Anjanette earned a B.A. from Virginia Wesleyan University and began pursuing her Master’s at the University of Virginia before moving to Ithaca. She is a mental health counselor, currently serves on staff at Vineyard Church of Ithaca, and now leads the Hardesty House. Anjie has one adult son, Cory Alexander II, who is pursuing a professional baseball career. Anjie also has two school-aged children, Lala and Aiden. In her free time Anjie loves spending time with her children, and dog Cody, and traveling.

Angela Sorensen, Admin Assistant

Our Administrative Assistant, Angela, and her husband Phillip moved to Ithaca in 2000.  She graduated from Messiah College with a degree in the Humanities and an art minor. She went on to get a degree in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University.  Previously, Angela has worked in a public library and volunteered extensively in a small church. Angela currently attends and is on staff at Vineyard Church of Ithaca. In March 2022, she joined the staff of CLCC focusing on communications and administration.  She enjoys nature, creating small crafts, and often can be found thinking up projects for her house.