Mary Beecher Mathes assumed pastoral duties on September 8, 1993, with about 400 members. She had received her Master of Divinity in 1992 and completed her Master of Theology in 1994 from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. Previous church professional experience included various church choir & solo positions, part-time clerical positions, full-time Program Director at the Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL, and a summer of clinical pastoral education, with lifelong church participation as the child of a PCUSA pastor.
Beecher has lived all around the South, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, being the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. She has degrees from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, and from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Her former employment has been in the fields of church and college administration and music. She has served as associate pastor of Covenant, her first pastorate, since 1993.