About Arlen G. Vernava

Senior Consultant
Arlen Vernava headshot Nov 2019


Helping Practitioners through coaching and helping Organizations and Communities of Faith and their leaders affirm and live into their vocation during times of change and transition, describes the holy work of interim-time. Whether you are feeling confident or unsettled, in crisis or in calm, Arlen believes you know your deep and glad goodness. He also believes you know the profound need your goodness helps make whole. 

Arlen believes interim-time sets the table to deeply explore, discover, and claim anew your deep gladness in response to your world's need. He believes "being" and "doing" this work depends upon thoughtful, prayerful community conversations. He believes generous hospitality, respectful communality and glad collaboration are heart habits that support this life-giving work. He’s been practicing this way of being and doing since he was ordained in 1985. And after all these years, Arlen believes we all benefit from companions for the journey. 

Arlen helps nurture:

  • a generous hospitality - lifting open hearts and minds toward all that feels new, strange, “wrong” or different
  • a respectful communality - abundant courage to join with all that feels "least, lost, and lonely" - persons and ideas - relationships, institutions and communities.
  • a glad collaboration - wholesome intimacy with all the things that make for the past, present and the emerging future
  • emotionally and spiritually mature leadership
  • creative, vibrant, passionate faith communities, organizations, leaders and Practitioners
  • being and doing congruent with one’s "holy" vocation

Arlen believes spiritual and emotional transition and change always arrives at something full of grace and truth. He feels honored and glad to join you in this unsettling/wonderful, tart/sweet, intentional and blessed time!


B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology (minor), 1982, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI; an M.Div., 1985, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), Wynnewood, PA; Jungian Analysis, 1988-1992, Hartford, CT

Congregational Consultation and Transformation Certificate, 2008-2009; Coaching Certificate, completed 2012. Center for Congregational Health, Raleigh-Durham, NC; Coaching and the Enneagram, Madanes School of Enneagram Coaching, Certificate. 2016 in progress.

PTS (Professional Transition Specialist), Interim Ministry Network

Faculty and Education Team Lead, Interim Ministry Network

Specialist, Association for Intentional Interim Ministry