Board of Directors

Donna Lemley – Chairman

Donna Lemley has called Williamsburg her home since 1993. She and her husband, Bruce, married in 1985. Donna and Bruce are proud parents of two amazing young adults, Michael and Sarah. Donna is a proponent for Christian Education and has served in local Christian schools. She has served on the Covenant Christian School Board of Directors since the school’s beginnings in 2015. She has served as Chairman and Secretary. Donna attends Foundations Church and is passionate about Women’s Ministry. Donna graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary concentrating in Marketing. Donna serves the Covenant Christian School community because of the Lord’s command in Psalm 78:1-8 to teach the next generation.

Karen Plumley – Treasurer

Karen Plumley is a longtime resident of Williamsburg, Virginia. She graduated from Lafayette High School in 1985 and Clemson University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an area of concentration in Marketing. Karen is the Office Manager for Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA). She and her husband, Deno, have one daughter, Naomi, who is a student at Covenant Christian School. The Plumley family are members of James River Baptist Church where Karen has been a Children’s Church teacher and is currently a Care Group leader, assisting members with personal or family needs. Karen served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors for Child Development Resources (CDR), a provider of early intervention services for children aged 0-3 and their families throughout the Historic Triangle that have disabilities or delays in their development or are at risk of developmental delays due to such things as low family income or premature birth. In her spare time Karen enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, running, spending time outside, and watching Clemson Football.

Dr. Ben Pettus

Ben Pettus agreed to volunteer and serve on the CCS Board of Directors because of his gratitude for the years of sacrifice his family and teachers made during his childhood while attending a Christian School.  He experienced firsthand the value of a small school setting and the tremendous benefits that can come from passionate and inspiring teachers. 

Ben has been faithfully married since 2002 and has six children, three of whom are currently attending Covenant Christian School. He enjoys family time, home remodeling, time in nature, and travel. His greatest prayer is that believers will trust and obey/listen to God, especially as He leads us to sacrificially love and help others.

Ben graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, with a Bachelor’s in Biology and Chemistry. He received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Bio-Pathology/Biochemistry. He then earned his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. He completed his transitional internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. His post graduate training included a residency in diagnostic radiology followed by a subspecialty fellowship in Mammography and Breast Imaging from the Mallinckrot Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Currently, he is a board certified Multi-Speciality Radiologist, working within the Riverside Health System as a partner/employee of Peninsula Radiological Associates.

Ashley Pettus

Ashley Pettus is a Virginia native growing up in Virginia Beach. She attended The College of William and Mary (1999), where she studied French. She was a teacher at St. David’s Episcopal School in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is currently the mother of six children, ranging in the ages from 4-23. During a period of homeschooling her middle children, Ashely was introduced to the Charlotte Mason methodology. Ashley’s middle children love attending Covenant Christian School.

Ricky Brown

Ricky was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. After graduating from Menchville High School, he attended Virginia Tech and Christopher Newport University graduating  with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Business Administration. He has been working at NASA as a Software Engineer for over 20 years.

Ricky was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as his Savior in the fourth grade.  He attended Awanas in grade school and has continued serving the Lord over the years.  He served several years in youth ministry as well as the young adult ministry. Ricky married his wife Devinia in 2008 and they have two sons who attend Covenant Christian School. 

Devinia Brown

Originally from Newport News, VA, Devinia graduated from Menchville High School and then attended Christopher Newport University with a major in Computer Science. Having over 20 years of experience in multimedia development, she is enjoying her career as an employee at the Department of Justice.

Devinia was raised in a God-fearing Christian home, accepting Jesus at the tender age of four. While growing up in the church with parents who were active in ministry, she has served and continues to serve the Lord as a musician (piano and drums), youth leader, audio engineer, and worship leader. Her heart’s desire is to please the Lord in everything she does and to acknowledge Him in all of her ways. 

In 2008 Devinia married her best friend, Ricky Brown. They have been residents of Williamsburg, VA since 2012 and have two sons who attend Covenant Christian School.

Luther Jenkins

Luther Jenkins is a native of Newport News and joined the Covenant Christian School Board in 2021.  He received his formal education from the Newport News Public School System and graduated from Menchville High School in 1986.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in 1990 and a master’s degree from George Washington University in 1999.  Upon graduating from Brown, Luther began his career as an Aerospace Research Engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Langley Research Center.  He is part of the Flow Physics and Control Branch where he leads a team of researchers in the development of technologies to improve the performance and safety of airplanes and helicopters.

Luther resides in Newport News with his wife, Jacqueline, and two children, Brelan and Sydney. They have homeschooled their children for 15 years for the purpose of developing godly character and educating them to pursue academic excellence and life-long learning. Luther’s desire is to live a life that inspires his children and generations after him to pursue Jesus, who he loves with all his heart.

Luther is a member of Coastal Community Church, where he is actively involved in service to the community and the Body of Christ.