professional bio

Reverend Veronica Goines, ABD (Ph.D. Candidate)

Veronica Goines began her call as Pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on December 1, 1995. As a historic “mission church”, St. Andrew was faced with the crucial tasks of spiritual renewal, identity clarification, leadership development, financial sustainability, and reestablishing outreach in a rapidly changing community. With conviction, Veronica has led St. Andrew in a process of congregational transformation that is evidenced in its movement from surviving to thriving and from maintenance to ministry. She inspires increasing spiritual revitalization and formation, engagement in missions, Christian education, and a recommitment to the witness of racial and cultural diversity.

As a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, Veronica is completing a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies, in Homiletics and Practical Theology—from a womanist perspective. Veronica received a Master of Divinity Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1995, and a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from SFTS in 2003. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Dublin, and a one-year residency in basic and advanced C.P.E. at Stanford University Hospital, with a concentration in Cross Cultural Pastoral Care and Ethnic Healing.

Pastor Veronica’s ministry has included serving as Associate Pastor at South Bay Community Church in Fremont, California, and as a Chaplain at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Santa Clara County. She served as Co-Dean in the First Call/Newly Ordained Pastors Seminar of the Synod of the Pacific, and as Vice-Moderator and Moderator of Redwoods Presbytery. As Adjunct Faculty at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Veronica has taught both intro and advanced preaching courses. Her ministry to the wider church includes her work as Spiritual Faculty in the national CREDO program of the PC(U.S.A). Veronica speaks, teaches, and preaches on local, regional, national, and international levels.

In January 2016, Rev. Veronica Goines was selected as the first woman to deliver the keynote address to the 9th Annual Interfaith Service of Celebration in Augusta GA, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Previous event speakers include social activist Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, and Rev. Otis Moss III, Pastor of Trinity UCC in Chicago.

Among her many accomplishments, Veronica is the proud mother of Nicole Hughes and Amber Hughes-Logan, and the mother-in-law of John Logan. Her first career was in Graphic Design and Illustration, and she continues to employ her artistic gifts through interior design. Veronica is a published writer, an avid hiker, and enjoys snorkeling, kayaking, and whitewater-rafting at every opportunity.