Proposed Amendments to the Book of Order

At the upcoming January Stated meeting of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, the Presbytery will be voting on the proposed changes to the Book of Order approved by and recommended to the presbyteries for their affirmative or negative votes by the 223rd General Assembly (2018).

Commissioners can review the proposed changes by reading the STUDY GUIDE.

Upcoming ...
  • 1/20 | PEVA Annual MLK Service 4:00 at King's Grant PC
  • 1/21 | PEVA Office Closed
  • 1/26 | PEVA Stated Meeting
  • 2/5 | COM 4:00 at Providence
  • 2/11 | Interims 12:00 at PEVA
  • 2/11 | Council 2:00 at PEVA
  • 2/19 | CPM 9:30 at PEVA
  • 2/22-23 | Church Leaders Retreat
  • 2/27 | SMT 10:00 at PEVA
Next PEVA Stated Meeting

January, 26

Hilton PC

34 Main Street

Newport News, Va


Churches Can Thrive through Transformative Pastoral Leadership


Are you concerned about the future of your church or the PC(USA) denomination?

Are you wondering what can be done to foster a healthier church environment poised for growth?

How can pastors have a positive impact in creating a thriving church that meets the needs of people in this new digital age?

Over the past 12 months, Rev. Chris Carrasco has researched, studied, and read about transformative pastoral leadership in the Presbyterian Church as part of her doctorate program at Columbia Theological Seminary. She will be sharing her findings and receiving feedback on her research after the Presbytery meeting at Hilton Presbyterian Church in Newport News on Saturday, January 26, around 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and listen to her presentation about how pastoral leadership can foster a thriving church in a new age, focusing primarily on preaching and governance. Afterward, she will entertain questions and then ask for additional comments regarding her work. Refreshments will be provided for this 1 ½ hour event. She hopes you will walk away with deeper insight and a few ideas of how your church can better thrive in this new age through transformative pastoral leadership.

Music in the Woods Concert - Hidenwood Presbyterian Church

stephenlynerd-jazz-trioWednesday, January 23, at 7 p.m.

The Stephen Lynerd Group will present a sacred jazz concert at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Blvd., Newport News, VA. Based in Chicago, this jazz quartet features piano, drums, bass, and vibraphone, and will offer a program of contemporary and traditional sacred favorites as well as original compositions. The concert is free, with a free-will offering. Listen in on YouTube:

PEVA Church Leaders Retreat

February 22-23

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay
Penthouse Lounge

Duffield"Holy Cartographers and Gospel Carpenters: Knowing Our Neighborhoods, Building the Beloved Community," Jill Duffield, editor of Presbyterian Outlook.

Registration cost is $50 (includes Friday/Saturday breakfast and Friday lunch). Space is limited to 48, so register early! Overnight accommodations available at Wyndham Virginia Beach at a discounted rate.

Scholarships are available, contact the Rev. Jenny Spivey (757-217-2445).

Please read the FLYER for more information.


OGA Statistical Reporting Website Opens Today, 12/7



The annual statistical reporting website opens today, Friday, December 7, for entries by the congregations of the Presbytery. 

For access to the website each congregation is assigned a user-name and a password. The user name is the permanent identification number (PIN) of the congregation and the password is the same password from last year. If you need either or both numbers please call John Tamm, Jessica Fitzgerald, or Raymond Rodrigues at the Presbytery’s offices (757-397-7063) and we can give you the number. You must report the annual statistics to the session of your church. However, you do not need the approval of the session to post the statistical report. As soon as you have the statistics available, post them to the Office of the General Assembly’s (OGA) website; the link which is below.

The clerks of session have the option of calling John Tamm at the Presbytery’s offices with the statistics and he will enter them for your church. The deadline for the statistics to be entered on the OGA website is February 8, 2019.

As a reminder, the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) does not recognize bishops or fractional numbers. Do not use a decimal point with any number, whether it is contributions or worship attendance in the statistical reports.  

Note: There is no longer a workbook being produced. The program has been updated to include both helpful tools and definitions to complete the process. PDFs have been created related to the questions and definitions being asked.

Transitonal Ministry Workshop


February 11-14, 2019

Leading a congregation in adapting to new realities requires more than just the skills of a good pastor. It takes courage, faith, awareness, knowledge, and a good strategy to guide people through the rough waters of change. Whether you are an Interim, Installed, or Stated Supply pastor, through these workshops you will gain skills and practical wisdom to effectively lead a church to change, renew and grow

*This Workshop qualifies as Interim Ministry Training. Both Week 1 and Week 2 curricula will be offered simultaneously.  If you have had Week 1 training in the past (within the last 3 years), register for Week 2.  If this is your first step toward Transitional Ministry Training, register for Week 1. Workshop Facilitators: Scott Lumsden, Heidi Husted-Armstrong and Eliana Maxim

Registration is OPEN! Week 2 has 4 spots available Week 1 has 3 spots available

Register Now!

News and Updates from the Congo

CongoFlag2006Watch the the Rev. Isaac Mukendi Kalonji's (General Secretary, Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa [CPK]) address to the Congo Mission Network Conference that was held in October at Simonsdale Presbyterian Church.

2019 PEVA Youth Resources


The Rev. Lyndsey McCall (First PC, Virginia Beach) has compiled a list of resources for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbytery.

The list includes:
  Continuing Education
  Mission Agencies
  Tour Groups

Resources for Youth & Young Adult Ministry by Rev. Lyndsey McCall

Clothes Closet at Third PC: Feb 9


This monthly event is part of Third PC's outreach ministry. Hours of operation are the 2nd SAT. of the month 10 AM to 12 NOON.

It is FREE TO THOSE IN NEED, donations are also accepted (25 cents per item) to support their local mission programs. 8065 Carlton St., Norfolk, VA 23518.  Cleaning your closet? Donate your gently used clothing to this needed ministry.  Please contact Jessica Fitzgerald for more information.

Ladies' Morning Out


Praise & Worship

Inspriarional Speakers

Continental Breakfast


January 26, 2019
Gathering: 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
333 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA

For more information or to make reservations, call Paula Bass at 757.482.2460 NO LATER THAN Wednesday, January 23, 2019.



Youth Pilgrimage to England & Scotland

First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach is planning a trip to England and Scotland on August 3-10, 2019.

They have 20 registered participants, half High School Youth and half adults. They are looking to fill at least 5 more slots! The cost is $3,200 per person.

For more information please contact Rev. Lyndsey McCall at or via cell at (919)656-2718. 

Info Sheet/Itinerary

Camp Hanover 2019 Events

campHanover125Camp Hanover
(Presbytery of the James) Retreats: 


Confirmation Retreat: February 8-10, 2019

High School Retreat: March 9-10, 2019

Middle School Retreat: May 4-5, 2019
For more information, please check out the website: https://www.

 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT)


Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. The 2019 event is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University. The theme for the 2019 event is “Here’s My Heart”.

INFO SHEET                                  WATCH PROMO VIDEO

PEVA will sponsor a delegation to Triennium for churches in the presbytery. CONTACT PEVA's REGISTRAR AMANDA PINE for more information.  

YAV Enrollment Open!

YAV2019The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sitesaround the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors. YAVs serve during the academic year, August to July.

Program benefits during the YAV year include a regular stipend, housing, transportation assistance and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. Follow @yavprogram for program updates  & apply today!

Hands-On Mission Work Group Invitation

hom250x230xcfHands-On Mission Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit looks forward to welcoming Mission Work groups during the summer or for an Alternative-Break week during the school year. With over ten years of experience, we offer a wide variety of Service Opportunities and will enjoy working with your group before your arrival to customize your work sites to your skills and interest.

We work with a wide variety of Mission Partners. Our opportunities include working with: urban gardening, blight removal, building and remodeling, handicap ramp installation, Habitat for Humanity, Life Remodel, Presbyterian Villages, Inclusion Ministries, homeless outreach, clothing sites, feeding programs, domestic violence, Veterans, Peace Camp, Health Fairs, Second Mile Center and others. If you would like to work with children, we have Vacation Bible School sites, an Art Camp, a foster care ministry, children's summer camps, and children's centers. If you have other interests, we can explore those options for you as well.

Over a dozen churches within our Presbytery open their doors and their hearts to house and extend hospitality to our groups. All have kitchens, some have showers or nearby shower sites, and most have a variety of other amenities as well. Check out our website.

Hear our Story; feel our Spirit on YouTube video: VIDEO

Contact: Michael Barconey, Hands-On Mission Coordinator for Presbytery of Detroit, cell: 313-903-6609.

Other News of Interest Around PEVA & Beyond

New Chief Enrollment Officer for Columbia Seminary

Ruth99November 7, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary announced today the hiring of a new Chief Enrollment Management Officer. Starting January 2018, the Rev. Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario will lead the institution’s admissions and financial aid efforts.  Belonni-Rosario has a proven record of effectiveness in leading seminary recruitment and enrollment strategies. She served as Associate Director of Admissions at Princeton Theological Seminary and then as Dean of Admissions at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Educated both at the Universidad de Puerto Rico and Princeton Theological Seminary, Belonni-Rosario is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has demonstrated strong commitments to Latinx voices in theological education and ministry, as well as supporting seminary students to discern their particular call.