Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation received a $1 million, three-year grant for its Pastoral Leadership Revitalization Program, an opportunity to recharge the spiritual energy of pastors with the overall goal of revitalizing congregations. Through this program pastors and commissioned ruling elders (CREs) will be trained as coaching mentors.

The coaching mentors will be partnered with newly ordained, second career and/or isolated pastors and CREs to energize them for their ministry.  OPSF has partnered with Central Nebraska, Missouri Union, and Missouri River Valley presbyteries for this program, as well as incorporating pastors from several other presbyteries. The pastors and CREs will also have opportunities to participate in pastor peer-to-peer networks, engage in retreats and spiritual rejuvenation activities and benefit from activities to support their families.

After 27 years in pastoral ministry, the Rev. Becky Balestri was called to OPSF to be the Program Manager for the PLR program. The Presbytery of Missouri River Valley recognized this as a validated call and installed her as the PLR Program Manager on January 20, 2019. Gethsemane Presbyterian Church graciously hosted the installation service.

Deborah Boucher-Payne, Polly Deppen-Williams,
Mary Newbern-Williams, Gregg Miller, Gary Eller, Phil Dudley, Dave Fulton, Rick Sleyster and Salvador Gavalda compose the Steering Committee which oversees the PLR Program.

“Read All About” the PLR Program &
the Coach Mentor Training  at the Heartland Center in Kansas City!

Hello and good morning Becky,

I am doing a follow up on the past week.  I cannot begin to put into words how much I appreciate you!  For your help and compassionate patience before the training and your organization and enthusiasm during the training.  The devotions were thought provoking as well as inspirational!  It was an awesome 4 days!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you again and God bless!!!!!!!!!

Joyce Dean  (RE: Coaching Mentor Training, 3/25/19 – 3/28/19)

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