Rev. Virginia Coakley
Reverend Virginia Coakley is a native Bostonian.
Her passion is accompanying people in a non-judgmental, affirming manner as they seek spiritual growth, or make important life decisions. She enjoys having fun with friends, hanging out with her daughter, eating ethnic foods and traveling.
She is a Member at Large of the Presbytery of Boston where she serves on the Committee on Ministry, whose primary responsibility is to "serve as Pastor and Counselor to the Ministers of the Presbytery and to provide care for relationships between pastors and churches."
She has served churches in Cambridge, MA as Transitional Pastor and upstate New York as Solo Pastor. Additionally, she was a Campus Minister for 9 1/2 years where she led weekly Sunday Inter-Denominational Church Services, Bible Study, Retreats and an international immersion Trip to El Salvador. There she also co-founded a group for young BIPOC women.
She has participated in Missions Trips to Brazil, and St. Kitts, West Indies. She is extremely interested in cultivating good leaders in the church and beyond and participated in an 8-day Global Transformational Leadership Summit in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology and received her Bachelor in Human Services Specializing in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She is trained in Spiritual Direction by Still Harbor, Arlington, MA. (formerly South Boston) and holds memberships with Spiritual Directors International and Spiritual Directors of Color Network.
"I feel privileged to accompany people on their spiritual and life journeys. One of the benefits directees receive is a safe space and a listening ear. In these settings you can process internally and audibly who you are, where you are and who you desire to be for God and the world."
~ Rev. Virginia Coakley