Our Team


Pastor Fred Michaux

Thank you for considering how LetsPraxis can serve you!  We are excited about our approach to discipleship and how we are seeing lives transformed!  I am the lead pastor of a multi-campus church, City Life (www.citylifeva.com) in the Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia.  After graduating from Randolph-Macon College in 1989, I spent ten years in various management roles before transitioning to vocational ministry.

It was during those ten years I discovered my interest in how models and systems enable people and organizations to thrive.  And during my theological studies through Global University and The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, I began to realize I wasn't transitioning from business studies to religious studies as I had expected.  God was at work in me bringing these two passions together.  He began to create in me a vision for how models and systems aren't just foundational for the secular world but for our spiritual lives as well.  And after decades of study and development, LetsPraxis was born.

And when people who are considering vocational ministry ask for some advice, I always talk with them about having a life beyond their vocational calling!  Some of the ways I rejuvenate are boating, motorcycles, shooting sports, film, historical biographies/novels, family vacations, and delicious local restaurants.  I am married to the love of my life and together we have three amazing children.  Our home has always been our most important ministry and calling.  There is no one I would rather be with than my wife and children.  They are my greatest joy!  

Pastor Philip Watkins

Like Fred said, we can't wait to find ways to start partnering together and serving you and your local community.  I have been involved in ministries, non-profits, and churches for the last ten years as an ordained pastor.  With unique opportunities across several different denominations I have discovered a burning desire for discipleship and helping others unlock their potential. 

Through the last several years, Fred and I began to dream up what this would look like in our local ministries and in our lives.  The genesis of this model completely stems from our beliefs and passion to see people empowered with the tools the need to grow as Followers of the Way.  As both pastor and practitioner I can speak firsthand to the way of life we have come to know as Praxis. 

Pastor Steve ruggerio

The most rewarding component of success is the journey. After serving twenty years in the Air Force and another thirteen as a military contractor, I’ve learned a myriad of leadership lessons. Through it all, Praxis has proven the most effective discipleship model to date.

With a passion for learning, I’ve completed an MBA and an M.S. in Leadership. In 2016, I enrolled in a Doctoral of Strategic Leadership at Regent University in Virginia Beach.

By the grace of God, my wife and I share a marriage testimony that provides hope and redemption to marriages worldwide. You can view our testimony through this link from when our story was aired on the 700 Club.

Along with strengthening marriages, my primary passion is to help individuals, teams, and organizations close the gap between today’s performance and tomorrow’s potential.  

To recharge, I love reading, enjoying the perfect cup of coffee with my wife, and embracing the wonders of family. Two grown kids and two young grandchildren fill my life with more joy than words can describe!

I am living proof that anything is possible for those who believe.