Intentional Interim Pastors
Each interim pastor at VitalChurch is a ministry practitioner who has been trained and has demonstrated a competence in VitalChurch’s revitalization process. Our interim pastors participate and are actively involved in all aspects of the ministry: diagnostic analysis, intentional interim pastoring, and follow-up coaching.
Director, Intentional Interim Pastor Division
Dave Miles is the founder of VitalChurch Ministry. Dave loves the church and enjoys the challenge of working with churches in transition. It has been something he’s done, to one degree or another, since 1994. He is particularly passionate about helping churches understand what Christianity is and why it makes sense. He has pastored churches in New York, California, Hawaii, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. He likes to surf, run marathons, play golf, and read books. Dave has a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dave and his wife, Jan, have been married since June 1980. Together they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.Continue Reading
Associate Director, Intentional Interim Pastor Division
Tom Wilkens has enjoyed serving as a pastor, medical/counseling clinic director, and university professor. Tom now serves as Executive Director of VitalChurch Ministry. He earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary in Pastoral Ministries and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Tom’s passion is to see marriages, teams, churches, and organizations develop and grow well—with a special interest in leadership. Tom has been married to his best friend, Jan, since 1982. They have two married daughters.
Gregg earned his M.A. in Leadership and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary and served as a “permanent pastor” for 16 years and then four years as the Director of Training for a Europe-based missions agency. Since 1998, Gregg has served as an intentional interim pastor in such varied places as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hawaii, Iowa, the San Francisco Bay area, New Hampshire, Southern California, Massachusetts, and most recently Hood River, Oregon. Gregg has also participated in or led more than 100 diagnostics across the U.S. and in Europe. Gregg is a Trustee on the VitalChurch U.K. Team and enjoys a gospel-centered hermeneutic, trying to keep up with technology, pickleball, cycling, paddle boarding, and really good coffee. Gregg has been married to Linda since 1978 and they have four adult children and seven grandsons.
Geoff Bohleen graduated from Bethel Seminary with his M.Div. and Fuller Seminary with his D.Min. and has served in a variety of leadership roles in churches ranging in size from 150 – 8,000. Geoff has a strong desire to help churches flourish in their ministry, and he believes there is no limit to what God can do through a local church, especially when it has the courage to face its challenges and leverage its strengths for God-honoring life and service.
Geoff and his wife, Joni, met on a blind date and have been married since 1984. They have three married, adult children and several grandchildren. In their spare time, they enjoy time with their family, good friends, road trips, good books and movies, and the North Carolina beach.Continue Reading
Rick Foster served as a “permanent” pastor for 25 years before making the transition to an interim pastor. Since 2012, he has served as an intentional interim pastor in widely divergent churches, literally from coast to coast. Rick has a B.A. from Wheaton College and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Rick and his wife, Lucy, have three grown children and six grandchildren. Rick enjoys both road and mountain biking, hiking, and good coffee.Continue Reading
Rick Gering has served in full-time pastoral ministry since 1994, leading churches with between 500-1,800 people. Rick has been instrumental in helping hurting and wounded churches heal and become vital places. He’s been married to his wife, Cindy, since 1986. They have two adult daughters and numerous grandchildren. Rick received his education at Moody Bible Institute (Biblical Studies), and Moody Theological Seminary (Christian Leadership). He loves the outdoors, exploring new places with Cindy, family time, fantasy sports, and his beloved Wichita State Shockers. He is certified with Church Answers (Thom Rainer) in church revitalization.Continue Reading
Pat Hand retired from his long-time role of lead pastor in 2022. Pat has over 45 years of experience in local church work serving as lead pastor and as staff pastor in the area of executive leadership, missions, and assimilation. Pat has a real burden to see churches be the best version of themselves that God would have them to be.
Pat and his wife Carol were high school sweethearts and have served together through the years. They have two married sons and five grandkids. Pat and Carol have a 42 foot fifth-wheel RV that allows them to serve with VitalChurch Ministry just about anywhere in North America. Pat and Carol are dual citizens of the United States and Canada. They love to travel, scuba dive, fish, and enjoy all things outdoors.Continue Reading
Wayne Harris has served the Church in local churches ranging in size from 50 to 4,500. He has also served in denominational roles, as well as with an international mission organization, and most recently as a church consultant and intentional interim pastor. Through these wide-ranging experiences, God has developed in him a deep passion for His Church and leaders. By leading churches down pathways of spiritual discovery, Wayne equips, empowers, and encourages leaders to hear from God as they clarify their focus and align themselves and ministries with His heart and passion resulting in greater Kingdom impact.
Wayne is married to his college sweetheart, Carey. Together they enjoy hanging out with their two adult children and spouses, as well as their five grandchildren. Wayne enjoys the out of doors, whether it is a round of golf, hanging out on the beach, or the occasional road trip with Carey—especially when it involves camping.Continue Reading
Dave Holt has had the privilege of serving in multiple ministry positions across North Carolina since 1999. His robust experience has afforded a unique perspective on the diverse systems and structures of churches of many different sizes: from 20 to 4,000 people. Dave’s mantra is, “churches are not a place where, but a people who.” His heart is to see churches move from surviving to thriving by helping them to embrace where they are, engage in healing, and become vital places where people are equipped to discern and embrace God's vision for their church.
Dave is married to Kristen, and they have two kids: Camden and Airlie.
After two decades of helping churches throughout the world navigate their struggles, structure their systems, and heal their hurts, Nathan is excited to bring his experience to the VitalChurch Ministry team. Nathan has also served as pastor and transitional pastor for both small and megachurches. Nathan has his bachelor’s from Missouri State University (Mass Media Communication) and his master’s from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Church Leadership). Nathan and his wife, Jennie, have been married since 2006 and enjoy traveling, theatre, hiking, art, and being all-around foodies.Continue Reading
Craig Ray’s lifelong passion is to come alongside churches in transition and raise them up into spiritual maturity and vitality so they will be poised to reach people for Christ. Craig draws from years of varied ministry and leadership experiences, such as church planting, revitalization, youth ministry, overseas missions, and most recently, a six-year pastorate in central Vermont that culminated in transitioning two churches into one. In 2017, Craig began volunteering with VitalChurch as part of the diagnostic division before moving into a full-time associate role with the team. Craig has a B.Min. from the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development and is currently completing an M.A. in Leadership. Craig and his wife, Brianna, have three sons. He enjoys coaching, playing, and watching baseball.Continue Reading
Denny has had the privilege of serving as a church planter and lead pastor in churches throughout the Northeast. With a deep love for the local church, Denny desires to see people grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and who they are because of His great love. Denny holds a bachelor’s from Nyack College, a master’s in Biblical Studies from International Seminary, and a master’s of Divinity in theology from Liberty University. Denny and his wife, Lora, have three children. Denny is an avid saxophone player and practices humility through his identification as a NY Jets fan.Continue Reading
Rich Schoenert served as a senior pastor for 43 years before moving into interim pastor ministry. The last 24 of those years were spent at Calvary Church, Roseville, Minnesota, a multi-site congregation. Since “retirement,” he has served numerous churches as an intentional interim pastor. Rich also continues to train and equip pastors and other church leaders in Ukraine, something he’s done for over 30 years. Rich graduated from Gordon-Conwell Seminary with both the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees. He and his wife have three adult children and many grandchildren.Continue Reading
Daniel (Dan) Werthman
Dan Werthman is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), a licensed attorney, and a Certified Christian Conciliator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation. After serving for 15 years as a senior pastor in three EFCA churches, Dan felt a calling to use his experience and abilities to help churches navigate conflict and change through intentional interim pastoral ministry. Dan earned his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his J.D. at Hamline University School of Law. Dan has also served as a military attorney (Judge Advocate) in the United States Air Force. Dan and his wife, Cindy, have three grown sons. Dan enjoys grilling and barbecuing, and is slowly section-hiking the Appalachian Trail.Continue Reading
Dave Young has been pastoring churches since 1996, serving in America, Europe, and Asia. He has degrees in Bible and Counseling, and a D.Min. from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. His doctoral dissertation focused on moving churches from an oasis paradigm to missional thought, community, and practice. Dave is an advocate of being changed and bringing change – knowing that God is always deepening our dependency on Him and encouraging our experience of Him during times of transition. Dave and his wife, Maryanne, have been married since 1987. They have two adult daughters.Continue Reading