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PLF Faculty

Cindy Kohlmann, Dean of PLF Faculty, New Castle Presbytery

SanDawna Ashley, Synod of the Northeast

Gavin Meek, New Harmony Presbytery

Craig Howard, Chicago Presbytery

Daris Bultena, Tropical Florida Presbytery

Wendy Tajima, San Gabriel Presbytery

Dee Cooper, Denver Presbytery

Sheldon Sorge, PLF Coordinator

Tricia Dykers-Koenig, OGA

Corey Schlosser-Hall, PMA

Description of PLF

Whatever the title — executive, general or lead presbyter — support and encouragement as one enters these kinds of roles can make a huge difference to the leaders and those whom they serve.


The Presbytery Leader Formation (PLF) Program is a three-year opportunity designed to provide education, nurture and collegiality during this key time.

Annual Residency

The Annual Residency consists of an annual one-week residency for the three years following the new leader’s call.  This aspect of the program is only for the primary programmatic Presbytery Leader (or co-leaders) in a Presbytery.  Faculty for the 2023 Residency: Tricia Dykers-Koenig (Associate for Mid-Council Relations), Sheldon Sorge (Program Coordinator), Corey Schlosser-Hall (Presbyterian Mission Agency), Cindy Kohlmann (New Castle), SanDawna Ashley (Synod of the Northeast), Wendy Tajima (San Gabriel) and Gavin Meek (New Harmony).   Future residencies will be at Christ the King Priory in Schuyler NE May 5-10, 2024; and at Archbishop Brunett Center at the Palisades between Seattle and Tacoma Washington May 4-9, 2025. 



An important component to the program is the inclusion of a personal coach.  Coaching is very different from the role of the ninety-day companion or from that of a consultant.  A coach is not an “answer giver,” but rather an individual who is invested in the success of the new leader.  Our coaches have been especially trained to assist new presbytery leaders in meeting personal and professional goals. Each participant in PLF is assigned a program-approved coach. PLF coaches have been certified by the International Coaching Federation.  


It is expected that the new leader will have a monthly call with the coach. Each participant will have a total of 36 coaching hours available during the first 39 months following the first coaching session. 

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