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  • 9/1-9/30 September is Hunger Action Month
  • 10/4 Commission on Minstry 4:00 at Green Acres
  • 10/6 Congregational Vitality Team 1:00 via Zoom
  • 10/7 Council, Commission, Committee, Ministry Team Reports for October PEVA meeting due
  • 10/10 Council 1:00 TBD
  • 10/12 Board of Trustees 1:00 via Zoom
  • 10/14 PEVA meeting packet posted by 5 p.m.
  • 10/17 CPJ's Racial Dialogue Team 6:30 via Zoom
  • 10/18 Commission on Preparation for Ministry 9:30 via Zoom
  • 10/25 131st Stated Meeting of PEVA

PEVA Councils, Committees, and Ministry Teams

The role of the Presbytery Council is to provide leadership, guidance, and support for PEVA's life and witness, to care for the body as a whole and for its particular ministries. The Presbytery Council's responsibilities include oversight, coordination, planning, personnel, budget formation and making recommendations to PEVA for priorities, policies, and other matters as needed.

It shall be comprised of nine individuals elected by PEVA. Members shall include the Council Moderator (ordinarily the immediate past PEVA Moderator), Moderator of PEVA, Vice Moderator of PEVA, and six at large members to include both ministers and ruling elders, with at least one member reflecting the African-American constituents of PEVA or other racial ethnic groups consistent with the principles of unity and diversity. The General Presbyter and Stated Clerk are ex-officio members without vote.

Council Members

  • The Reverend Dr. Wilbur C. Douglass, III, Moderator
  • Ruling Elder Dianne Schoonover (Yorkminster Presbyterian Church), PEVA Moderator
  • The Reverend Dr. John E. Morgan, PEVA Vice Moderator
  • Elder Jaime Ambrose (Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church), Member at large
  • The Reverend Dr. Garrett B. Bugg, Member at large
  • The Reverend Helen Bessent Byrd, Member at large
  • Elder Bonnie Condrey (First Presbyterian Church, Hampton), Member at large
  • The Reverend Debra D. Dail, Member at large
  • Elder Larry Hull (Second Presbyterian Church, Member at large
  • The Reverend Elizabeth G. Hendricks (Gen. Presbyter), Ex-officio
  • Elder Q. John Tamm (Stated Clerk), Ex-officio

To learn more about the Presbytery Council, please see page 8 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Board of Trustees shall serve as the Directors of PEVA, Inc. and as delegated by the Presbytery shall have such limited power, authority, and responsibilities of and shall perform the functions provided by a board of directors under the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act (hereinafter the "Act." Except as otherwise provided by the Act, the Articles, the Bylaws, the Constitution or this Manual of Operations, the authority to carry out the business affairs of PEVA shall be exercised by the Board of Trustees. The Board shall fulfill the functions required by civil law and those that the Presbytery assigns to it. It shall be responsible for implementing the policies of the Members related to investments, financial guidance, and property; and shall arrange for an annual financial review.

The Board of Trustees shall be comprised of at least six and no more than eleven individuals including its moderator and be elected by the Presbytery. The Trustee Moderator shall be recommended by the Trustees for PEVA election. Trustees shall include both ministers and ruling elders and normally be divided into three approximately equal classes. They shall normally serve a three-year term and may be elected for one additional three-year term. No trustee shall serve on the Board of Trustees for more than six consecutive years. The General Presbyter and Stated Clerk shall be ex officio members of the Board of Trustees without vote.

PEVA's Board of Trustees

  • Elder Marc Steiner (Green Acres Presbyterian Church), Class of 2025, Moderator Board of Trustees/President of Corporation
  • Elder Sandra Poole (Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church), Class of 2023, Treasurer of the Corporation
  • Elder Pax Goodson (Hilton Presbyterian Church), Class of 2023
  • Elder John Keifer (Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church), Class of 2025
  • Rev. Liza Hendricks (GP), Ex Officio
  • Ms. Regan Knutson (PEVA Business Admin.,) Ex Officio
  • Elder Lorri Richardson (Community Presbyterian Church, Hampton) Class of 2025
  • Rev. Julie Sterling, Class of 2024
  • Elder Q. John Tamm (Stated Clerk), Ex Officio

To learn more about the Board of Trustees, please see pages 8-9 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Commission on Ministry (COM) is governed by the Book of Order (G-3.0307) and shall serve as pastor and counselor to ministers, ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service, and to certified Christian educators of the Presbytery; to facilitate the relations between the Presbytery and its congregations; and to settle difficulties on behalf of the Presbytery where possible and expedient; to ensure the annual certification of the Sexual Misconduct Policy; and to annually develop the Compensation Guidelines; with specific authority:

  • To dissolve pastoral relationships and dismiss ministers to other Presbyteries when both ministers and congregation agree
  • To examine and receive ministers into Presbytery without further examination on the floor of Presbytery unless an examinee declares a scruple concerning a tenet, and if COM concludes that the examinee is otherwise ordainable, commissionable, or transferable. COM shall then refer the issue of ordination, commissioning, or transfer to the next convened PEVA meeting without recommendation
  • To validate the work of its ministers
  • To approve calls and covenants of ministers
  • To approve temporary relationship agreements
  • To approve ruling elders for commissioning to pastoral service
  • To grant permission to labor within and outside Presbytery bounds
  • To approve moderators for congregations in transition
  • To approve persons requesting to be added to the pulpit supply list

 

COM Members

  • Elder Roxie Holder (New Horizons Presbyterian Church), Class of 2024, Moderator
  • Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Bell - Vice-Moderator (Liaisons), Class of 2024
  • Rev. Dr. Michael T. Condrey, Class of 2023
  • Elder Robin L. Cowherd (First Presbyterian Church, Norfolk) - Vice-Moderator (Commissioned Pastors), Class of 2023
  • Commissioned Pastor Sidnia Ehterington "Sid" (Lafayette Presbyterian Church), Class of 2023
  • Elder Stacy Fuqua (First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach), Class of 2024
  • Elder Kelley Gangwer (Wycliffe Presbyterian Church), Class of 2024
  • Rev. L. Monica Gould, Class of 2025
  • Rev. Liza Hendricks (GP), Ex Officio
  • Rev. Elizabeth Hilkerbaumer "Beth", Class of 2023
  • Elder Charity Houghton (Wythe Presbyterian Church), Class of 2025
  • Rev. Valena Hoy - Vice-moderator (Examinations), Class of 2024
  • Rev. Pamela Hrncir, Class of 2025
  • Elder Shirlene Imperial (Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church), Class of 2025
  • Elder Alyce Jones (Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Princess Anne), Class of 2025
  • Elder Bruce Knight (KirkWood Presbyterian Church), Class of 2024
  • Rev. Lyndsey McCall-Gilliam, Class of 2025
  • Elder Gail Pittman (First Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth) - Vice-moderator (Transitions), Class of 2023
  • Elder York Poole (Green Acres Presbyterian Church), Class of 2025
  • Commander Jeffrey Quinn, Class of 2024
  • Rev. David Rollins, Class of 2025
  • Elder Chip Shefelton (Hilton Presbyterian Church), Class of 2025
  • Elder Q. John Tamm (Stated Clerk), Ex Officio
  • Rev. Veronica Thomas - Vice-Moderator (Wellness), Class of 2023
  • Rev. Charles Tucker, Class of 2023
  • Rev. Gillian Weighton, Class of 2025

To learn more about the COM, please see page 12 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Commission on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) is governed by the Book of Order(G-3.0307) and guides, nurtures, and oversees the process of preparing one to become a minister. The Commission has oversight of all inquirers and candidates, receives inquirers, and makes recommendations to the Presbytery on those to become candidates, holds annual consultations, and certifies candidates ready for ordination as a minister with the authority to:

  • Accept applicants for the office of minister as inquirers
  • Transfer the Covenant Relationship of Candidates for the office of minister to another Presbytery when requested by the other Presbytery, when such transfer is deemed to be in the best interest of the Candidate and the Church

 

CPM Members

  • Rev. Emma Ouelette, Class of 2024, Moderator
  • Rev. Michelle Burcher "Mike", Class of 2024
  • Elder Karen Harris (First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach), Class of 2023
  • Rev. Liza Hendricks (GP), Ex Officio
  • Elder Charlie Reece (KirkWood Presbyterian Church), Class of 2025
  • Elder Judi Rogers (Great Bridge Presbyterian Church), Class of 2024
  • Elder Q. John Tamm (Stated Clerk), Ex Officio
  • Rev. Dr. Brian J. Wells, Class of 2023
  • Rev. Andrew Whitehead, Class of 2025

To learn more about the CPM, please see pages 12-13 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Committee on Representation (COR) advises the Council regarding the implementation of principles of unity and diversity, advocates for diversity in leadership, consults with the Council on the employment of personnel, in accordance with the principles of unity and diversity and completes an annual report in accordance with Synod of the Mid-Atlantic guidelines.

COR Moderator - Rev. Addie Peterson

To learn more about the COR, please see page 13 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Nominations Committee nominates persons to serve in positions requiring election by the Presbytery ensuring that nominations are made by an entity broadly representative of the constituency of the council and in conformity with the church’s commitment to unity in diversity (F-1.0403).

Nominations Committee Members

  • Rev. Elnoria Harrison, Class of 2025, Moderator
  • Elder Jaime Ambrose (Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church), Class of 2024
  • Elder Mike Fore (KirkWood Presbyterian Church), Class of 2023
  • Rev. Liza Hendricks (GP), Ex Officio
  • Rev. Walt Hunting, Class of 2024
  • Rev. Libby Rollins, Class of 2023
  • Elder Linda Marley Smith (Simonsdale Presbyterian Church), Class of 2023
  • Elder Q. John Tamm (Stated Clerk), Ex Officio

To learn more about the Nominations Committee, please see page 13 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Personnel Committee provides counsel, support, and accountability to foster a healthy, thriving Presbytery staff. Their responsibilities include making recommendations to Council for: policies and procedures that define expectations and obligations, equitable and fair compensation and benefits, and up to date position descriptions. The committee ensures fair, regular, and consistent evaluation support for professional growth, and recognition of staff achievements.

Personnel Committee Members

  • Elder Bonnie Condrey (First Presbyterian Church, Hampton), Chair
  • Rev. Garrett Bugg
  • Elder Robbin Ruth (First Presbyterian Church, Hampton
  • Elder Dianne Schoonover (Yorkminster Presbyterian Church)

To learn more about the Personnel Committee, please see page 13 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Sessional Records Committee reviews the minutes of sessions and congregations for administrative review and makes recommendation that they be received with or without exceptions to the Presbytery.

Sessional Records Committee Members

  • Elder Jill Keiffer (Second Presbyterian Church), Chair
  • Elder Robert Baker (Bayside Presbyterian Church)
  • Elder Debbie Brasswell (Bethany Presbyterian Church)
  • Elder Rose Busetti (Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church)
  • Elder Q. John Tamm (Stated Clerk), Ex Officio
  • Elder Maggie Van Guilder (First Presbyterian Church, Hampton)

To learn more about the Sessional Records Committee, please see pages 13-14 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The purpose of the PEVA Compassion Peace and Justice Ministry Teams (CPJ) is to inspire, equip, and mobilize congregations to respond in faith to contemporary human and environmental realities. The Ministry engages with Presbyterians and partners across the Presbytery to:

  • End poverty and hunger
  • Promote peace and transform cultures of violence
  • Promote solidarity with all people
  • Promote solidarity with Creation

 

CPJ-Hunger Ministry Team | Elders Kelvin Jackson (First United Presbyterian Church & Gail Schwartzer (Wycliffe Presbyterian Church) - Co-chairs
The Hunger Committee of PEVA, believing that hunger is unacceptable, leads and challenges the churches of PEVA and its entities in Christ’s name to alleviate chronic hunger and its immediate causes at home and abroad through information dissemination, education, advocacy, and the provisions of resources. The Hunger Ministry Team allocates funds allocated through the PEVA budget and special offerings to support hunger ministries and advocacy.

CPJ-Peacemaking Ministry Team | Elder Gerry Ellis (Denbigh United Presbyterian Church) - Chair
The Peacemaking Ministry inspires, equips, and mobilizes PEVA congregations and members to work for peace and social justice. The Peacemaking Ministry allocates funds wisely through the PEVA budget and special offerings to support peacemaking efforts, programs, events, advocacy, resources and may host a PCUSA international peacemaker.

 

CPJ-Racial Dialogue Team | Elders Claudette Gravely (New Horizons Presbyterian Church) and Lisa Schlickenmeyer (Hilton Presbyterian Church - Co-chairs
The Racial Dialogue Team of PEVA educates, inspires, equips, and mobilizes congregations and members to work for racial justice and healing.

 

To learn more about the Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry Teams, please see page 14 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Congregational Vitality Ministry Team (CVT) is a ministry team of the Presbytery organized to provide better support to congregations.

The CVT seeks to equip, nurture and support Presbytery member congregations to renew, recover and live evermore faithfully in our common calling as disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this by developing tools to assess, discern and implement practices that help the congregations deepen their discipleship, so that they may be transformed, and the mission 15 of God spread throughout our community and the world. The CVT may use funds allocated through the budget process or available from the Church Legacies Fund to develop and provide tools, resources, and training for congregations.

CVT Members

  • Rev. Chris Carrasco, Chair
  • Rev. Garrett Bugg
  • Rev. Clark DeSarro-Raynal
  • Rev. Cindy Higgins
  • Rev. Clint Mitchell
  • Rev. Eric Peltz
  • Rev. Christian Shearer

To learn more about the CVT, please see pages 14-15 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Team (YAYA) ministers to and connects youth, young adults, college students, and international students.

To learn more about the YAYA Ministry Team, please see page 15 of the PEVA Manual of Administrative Operations.