Patrick & Mindy Crowder have a long and winding, mostly wonderful history of pastoring churches and people. The detours and mishaps of their collective lives brought them together and ultimately to this season--one of coming alongside and caring for pastors, leaders, and their families in the context of ministry and leadership. As consummate learners and authentic humans, they provide pastors and leaders a safe place to share their struggles and find increasing health amid the mess and chaos of ministry. Seven children and fourteen grandchildren fill their lives with more joy and chaos.
HealthyPastors.net is an early expression of a newly formed non-profit called Healthy Pastors and Leaders, Inc (HPAL). This ministry is an expansion of the many thousands of hours of face-to-face care of pastors and leaders flowing from founders Patrick & Mindy Crowder. Their combined 80 years of vocational pastoral ministry fuels their love of pastoring and love for pastors and vocational Christian leaders.
A time of fasting and prayer birthed a compelling call to turn their focus toward caring for pastors and leaders. This led to years of serving as "Pastor Health Specialists" to hundreds of churches and pastors beginning in the Pacific Southwest states of California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada and Utah and expanding toward the Northwest and beyond. Fueled by their passion to come alongside leaders, Patrick concurrently pursued a doctorate in the "Care of Pastors" from Lincoln Christian University and Mindy, a masters in counseling from Townsend Institute at Concordia University.
In 2021, they began a residency as the lead pastor care therapists at Marble Retreat, a famed crisis care ministry in Marble Colorado.
Face-to-face care sessions with hundreds of pastoral leaders, including numerous times hosting pastor couples in crisis in their home, and in pastor care retreats, sparked a realization that many of the solutions they were offering pastors and leaders were scalable via other delivery systems. This has led to the gathering of a distinguished ministry board for HPAL and forming a long list of future pastor health collaborators to begin delivering workable solutions for sustainable ministry health. The goal is to create easily accessible encouragement and practical tools for pastors and leaders delivered via blogs, podcasts, YouTube, Zoom, and other means beginning in 2022 and beyond.