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Center for Clergy Excellence

The Center for Clergy Excellence focuses primarily on clergy leadership which includes identifying, developing, and supporting clergy leaders in light of the core values of excellence and fruitfulness. This center will collaborate with the other ministry centers as new initiatives are developed to assist clergy, laity and the churches of the Virginia Conference to makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

What’s Happening
♦ Quadrennial Clergy Ethics Training 2017-2021
♦ Candidacy Summits, January 14-15, 2022 and July 8-9, 2022

Invitation to a Celebration of All Saints Day, Oct. 24

In preparation for All Saints Day, all clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference are invited to this service of healing. We will sing together, hear the Scripture, grieve together as we light candles for the saints we have loved and lost, and boldly claim the promise of the Resurrection through Jesus Christ our Lord. This service is virtual (via Zoom) and you are invited to bring candles to light for all the saints that you would like to remember this year. The Rev. Dana Trent, author of Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life will be our preacher and will stay on after the service for a time of encouragement and visioning about best practices to offer pastoral care during this season. Click here for details and the liturgy


Send general emails to

The Rev. Jessie S. Colwell
(804) 521-1140

The Rev. Crystal R. Sygeel
Associate Director for Call and Candidacy
(804) 521-1141

Ms. Sherry MacLaughlin
Administrative Coordinator
(804) 521-1142

Meet the Clergy Excellence Staff