Christina Leal

Christina and her husband, Pastor Petey, live in Newington, CT. Christina graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Spanish. She currently works in Human Resources at The Hartford Insurance Company.


What inspires you to work with youth?
I love working with kids of all ages. I think it’s so refreshing to be around young people and to see the unique and fresh perspective that they have on life and God. The youth at VCC are hungry to learn more about God and to find out what a real relationship with God looks like for them. They are searching to discover who God created them to be and what gifts and talents He has placed in them for them to impact the world with. This is such an exciting time in life for them and I feel so privileged to be a part of it. I hope that I can help them to grow and develop in their relationship with God and in their understanding of the unique purpose and destiny that He has for them in this world.

What is something you like doing in your spare time?
I like exercising and taking different fitness classes. I also love reading and listening to music. My favorite thing to do would be lying in the sun on a white, sandy beach with clear blue water at my feet.


Pastor Petey Leal

Pastor Petey and his wife, Christina, live in Newington, CT. He graduated from Vision International University in California, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry, and is currently working to receive a Master’s Degree in Ministry from the Kaleo Institute in Florida. He is part of the Pastoral Staff at VCC, as well as the Youth Pastor, with his wife, Christina.


What inspires you to work with youth?
I have felt for many years, a drawing to impart to and encourage students to growth and maturity in the Lord, because the earlier in life that you are able to realize just how important living for the Lord is, you can begin to get outside of yourself, and you will set yourself up for success, with no strings attached!

What are some things that you like to do in your spare time?
Watching films (yes, films!), listening to/writing/playing music, spending time with my beautiful wife, and underwater basket-weaving.