Ian McConnell serves as the lead pastor at Covenant Community Church in Philadelphia, PA, where his primary shepherding responsibilities include preaching, leading the pastoral team, developing new leaders, and casting strategic vision for loving their neighborhood in Jesus’ name. Ian was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a rough-around-the-edges Irish clan with five brothers in Juniata Park. Ian and his wife, Rachel, have three children. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life he said: 'Desiring God' by John Piper, 'Revival & Revivalism' by Iain Murray, and 'The Gospel for Real Life' by Jerry Bridges. Ian also serves as the Director of Church Planting and Mission for our denomination, Sovereign Grace Churches. In his free time, you can find Ian and his wife chasing their giant schnauzer, Vader, hanging out with friends, enjoying good food, and having long unhurried conversations. Ian also likes to watch and play sports. He is a die-hard Philly sports fan—Eagles, Phillies, Flyers…and the Sixers—in that order.