Pastoral Residency Program


In 2001, Village Church was selected by the Lilly Endowment to sponsor a Pastoral Residency Program. Through the Pastoral Residency, we seek to build on strong seminary experiences by providing some of the next generation’s most promising pastoral leaders an extraordinary entrance into ministry. Over the course of two years, Pastoral Residents work full-time, gaining experience in the full range of pastoral responsibilities in our healthy, dynamic congregation while receiving the support of experienced pastoral mentors. The primary purpose of the program is to enable new clergy to build the kind of skills and practices, both pastoral and personal, which will provide a firm foundation for ministry in years to come.

The congregation, of course, benefits as well from the ministries of the Residents. Over the decade of its existence, the Pastoral Residency Program has generated a culture of learning that extends throughout our life together, making Village Church an even more exciting place to worship and to serve.

Introducing Sean Patrick Coady, Our Next Pastoral Resident! 


On June 10, 2018, the congregation joyfully called Sean Patrick Coady to be our next Pastoral Resident. Originally from the Boston area, Sean Patrick is a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School and spent the last seven months studying theology and language in Germany. He is married to Steven Belnavis.

Sean Patrick will begin his ministry with us on August 20, 2018 and serve until June 2020. Help us welcome him in worship on August 27th.

Listen to words of inspiration

Through the following videos, we invite you to meet some of our former Pastoral Residents and hear a bit about who they are, what they're doing now, and how their time in the Pastoral Residency Program at Village Church shaped their ministries.