Two prominent pastors join the Center for Healthy Churches Consulting Network

The Center for Healthy Churches is pleased to announce two new additions to its consulting network. The CHC Consulting Network is comprised of men and women who have a proven track record of success in local churches and a deep love for ministry and the church. The network model allows CHC to make use of an individual’s available time and passion for building up congregational and clergy health.

Dr. Randy Ashcraft will join CHC as a Congregational Consultant after an impressive career as pastor, intentional interim pastor, and denominational leader. Most recently, Randy served as Pastor in Residence for the Baptist General Association of Virginia. He has also served as a Leadership Coach for CHC since it’s inception. Currently, Randy is the intentional interim pastor of Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk VA. He has significant experience in leadership transitions, congregational visioning and conflict transformation.

In thinking about working with CHC, Randy says: “I am honored to become part of the Center for Healthy Churches consulting team. I have deep respect for the integrity, skill, and vision the Center offers to congregations, pastoral leaders, and judicatories through an outstanding and talented team of consultants.  In this season of change, transitions, and rising anxiety in congregational life, I value the opportunity to ‘come alongside’  faithful leaders who are committed to discovering new and invigorating pathways towards health and growth.”

Dr. Don Harvey has had extensive experience as a pastor in Virginia and North Carolina, an intentional interim pastor, and as a congregational consultant with the Center for Congregational Health. He currently serves as pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Amherst VA. Don has special interest in conflict transformation, leadership transitions, and congregational consulting. He will become the liaison and coordinator of the partnership between CHC, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and Cooperative By Design to provide conflict transformation consulting to the churches of the BGAV.

In thinking about working with CHC, Don Harvey says: “It is reassuring to know that there is an organization like the Center for Healthy Churches that offers the kind of assistance that congregations need these days to live into their full God-given potential and to navigate the sometimes difficult waters of transition.  I consider it a privilege to be invited to bring to this effort my gifts and experience as a practitioner of congregational ministry, and I look forward to the adventure of collaborating with such a fine group equally dedicated to nurturing congregational health.”

CHC Director Bill Wilson says: “The addition of these two outstanding pastors to the CHC Consulting Network continues our commitment to local church and clergy health.

With Travis Collins’ decision to accept the call to pastor First Baptist Church of Huntsville AL, the addition of Don and Randy will enable us to continue to invest in the health of the churches of the Mid-Atlantic. I have known and worked with both of them across the years and respect them immensely. I am thrilled to work alongside leaders of this caliber, and even more grateful for the congregations and ministers who will benefit from their knowledge and experience.”

The Center for Healthy Churches (www.CHChurches.org) exists to bring hope, help and healing to congregations and clergy in the Spirit of Christ.

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