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"Transforming Good Church Leaders Into Great Ones"


The PEVA Coaching Network uses International Coaching Federation (ICF) trained and certified coaches from the Presbytery to develop greater vitality, effectiveness, resiliency, leadership, courage, confidence, and risk-taking adaptability in gifted clergy and church leaders in order to create healthier and more dynamic churches.

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The Congregational Vitality Team provides well-trained, effective, highly competent coaches for church leaders in this Presbytery free of charge for one year. Our coaches, trained by the International Coaching Federation, can work with you and help you to discern, strategize, and implement your ideas. Although they are not consultants (experts in a certain field), they have the training to help you take your own expertise to create new paths forward.

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A list of coaches who are part of the PEVA Coaching Network are listed below. Simply CLICK HERE and fill out the form below or contact the PEVA Coaching Coordinator for additional details: Rev. Dr. Chris Carrasco Email Rev. Carrasco or call / text 757-636-9568.

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The Rev. Dr. Chris Carrasco is a Presbyterian pastor with over 20 years of experience in both large and small churches. She has completed her International Coaching Federation (ICF) training and will receive her Associate Certified Coach credentials in 2021. Chris believes coaching is an intentional Spirit-led relationship that motivates each person’s personal and professional growth by coming alongside with curiosity, playfulness, honesty, and compassion. She is committed to her own and others’ spiritual growth with a two year Spiritual Formation Certificate program from the Upper Room Ministries. She enjoys being a spiritual midwife to the “new thing” God is birthing in her clients. Chris’ heart for church leaders inspired her to complete her Doctorate work in Transformative Pastoral Leadership from Columbia Theological Seminary. She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and two active almost-teenage boys. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling to new places, walking in nature, and listening to the rhythm of the ocean waves. Email Rev. Chris Carrasco


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The Rev. Dr. Cindy Higgins was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) over 35 years ago after graduating from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va.  Her ministry has been rich with experience:  campus ministry, missions of all types, and serving churches of all shapes and sizes, including multi-site.  As one who loves the church and longs for it to flourish in creative and faithful ways, she serves on the Church Vitality Committee of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia. 

Cindy presently lives in Hampton, Virginia, with her husband, having retired from 12 years as head of staff at First Presbyterian Church.  She serves on the board of the Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, the only sliding scale preschool in the area and on the board of ICM, Global Church Developer, a ministry that builds churches around the world.

Cindy is intentional about her own spiritual growth and prayer life, believing that personal and professional life align in the Spirit.  She is also convinced that the church that pours itself out for others, especially “the least of these” is the church that thrives.  She is training to be a Clergy/ Church Leader coach and is excited by this new venture, seeing it as one of many tools to strengthen the church and its leadership.

When not involved in church ministry, Cindy loves traveling, outdoor activities, and she especially enjoys time with family and friends.  Email Rev. Cindy Higgins.


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Elder Charity Houghton has been coaching leaders in her workplace for the past 10 years on both professional and personal goals.  Charity’s passion is in transition coaching.  Whether it be a career, relationship or another type of transition, Charity works with her clients as they navigate the waters of change.  Charity is passionate about collaborating with her clients to help them achieve their goals.  Charity is a compassionate realist, which manifests in her coaching style.  She whole-heartedly believes we all innately have the tools we need to be successful and uses coaching to help others find theirs and learn to use them effectively.  She is a certified Performance Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor.  Charity lives with her wife, son and daughter in Hampton.  She is an elder at Wythe Presbyterian Church where she serves in the praise band, on Session and on the Outreach team.  She is also a member of the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry. When she is not busy with all of that, she can be found in her chicken coop listening to the stories of her hens or in the kitchen cooking and baking (but never one her own girls).  Email Charity Houghton.


The Rev. Martha Mitchell grew up in Richmond, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from James Madison University, earned an M.A. in Christian Education and an M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary and is now working on a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University. She is half of a clergy couple. Her husband, Clint Mitchell, serves as the pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach. She is the mom of a teenage son, and two young daughters.  She has served as a solo pastor in three different churches throughout her twenty years in ordained ministry. Most recently she was the pastor of Simonsdale Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth where she served for fourteen years. She loves her PEVA colleagues and is passionate about helping them achieve a healthy work-life balance. She knows first hand of the combined demands of family and church life, and wants to help you to take a step back, take time for yourself, receive encouragement and assess what is truly needful for your wellbeing through affirmation and practical goal setting.   Her favorite expression is, “You rock!” Because you really do! Email Rev. Martha Mitchell 

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The Rev. Linda Rainey is a retired Presbyterian pastor with experience in large and small churches and in campus ministry.  She is a pulpit supply with PEVA and enjoys filling the pulpit for the churches in the area. She has recently received her certificate in Coach Approached Skill Training from Holmes Coaching Group and will begin Mentor Training in April working toward ICF certification.  Linda has been active in the Red Cross since her retirement and is working in the Disaster Spiritual Care area serving clients who suffer trauma from natural disasters and has been working with the Virtual Family Assistance Center with Covid-19 families who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her five grandchildren.  Email Rev. Linda Rainey.


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The Rev. Dr. David Rollins is a pastor, a parent, and a partner to his spouse.  He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament nearly 24 years ago.  During his ministry, he has served as an associate pastor, a solo pastor, and Pastor & Head of Staff at a multi-staff church.  He has been serving Bayside Presbyterian for about 11 years.
He considers himself a lifelong learner and student regularly devoting time and energy to grow and deepen his God-given gifts. He returned to school and received his Doctor of Ministry in 2008, with a focus on Church Leadership, and Grief and loss.  He has attended several conferences and retreats since then.  Out of all the continuing education opportunities He has enjoyed, being trained as a coach is among the best.
He looks forward to using Coach Approach Skills Training throughout the rest of his ministry.  He knows it will benefit him as well as the communities where He is called to serve.  He is grateful for the effort in P.E.V.A. to strengthen clergy.  He is excited to be part of the coaching network. Email Rev. David Rollins


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Rev. Dr. Lou Ventura, previously covenant pastor of Franklin Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), is transitional pastor at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church. She entered the ministry after a secular career of over 25 years in the healthcare industry. She received her Master of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, and her Doctor of Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 
She has served on the presbytery’s Commission on Ministry as vice moderator of the Mediation and Reconciliation Subcommittee, and as presbytery moderator and moderator of the presbytery council. Lou was trained as a Lifeforming Leadership Coach in 2007 and in 2015 received training in mediation and conflict management. Lou has also been trained in interpretation of the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) through HOLY COW! She has completed coach training with Coach Approach Skills Training (CAST) and is working to complete the requirements for the ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential. 
Lou has a passion for encouraging and supporting individuals who are experiencing new life challenges or transitions, times when it is difficult to remember that, with God and within ourselves, we often have more than enough of everything we need. She is interested in coaching clergy and lay leaders, students and writers, and anyone interested in living more fully into his/her God-given gifts. 
In her free time, Lou loves to read, work on family genealogy, and watch “The Big Bang Theory” reruns. She has been married to Ron, an IT manager at Anthem, for 28 years. Email Rev. Lou Ventura


Last Published: July 29, 2022 2:49 PM