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Patrick and Mindy

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.

Who We Are

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 PatrickĀ & 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 "PastorĀ 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.

Our Board

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Patrick Crowder

B.B.A. Angelo State University; M.Div. and M.A. Journalism from Regent University, D.Min. Pastor Care, A.B.D. at Lincoln Christian University. Full-time ministry for over 40 years including personally planting churches twice and launching others. His roles have often bridged between pastoring and training pastors. He served stints as the Dean of Students at both Life Pacific University and Life East Bible College (now Life Pacific University - Virginia). He has designed and taught pastoral counseling, spiritual formation and many other ministry and Bible related college courses for twenty years. His calling is to be "a Barnabas to leaders." He serves as the lead coach for the annual WIML (Women in Ministry Leadership) Cohorts that began in 2016, and serves with Mindy to care for church planters as part of the Foursquare Multiply team. He and Mindy became the lead therapists at Marble Retreat in 2021 after studying under and being supervised by the prior lead therapists Drs. Michael and Kari MacKenzie.

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Mindy Crowder

B.A. Texas Tech University, M.A. Counseling, Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. Over 40 years of pastoral ministry experience in numerous roles. As a pastor, life-coach, therapist, and mentor, Mindy comes alongside individuals to help them find direction for a healthier soul, deeper relationships, and empowerment to be their true selves. She and Patrick have had the privilege of caring for pastors and leaders in the Pacific Southwest District of Foursquare Churches and beyond including a deep involvement in caring for female leaders who serve in various vocational ministry roles. She and Patrick became the lead therapists at Marble Retreat in 2021 after studying under and being supervised by the prior lead therapists Drs. Michael and Kari MacKenzie.

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Angie Richey

President of Life Pacific University (2019). Adjunct Professor (2000). B.A., Life Pacific University, 1997; M.Ed., Hope International University, 2003; M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University, 2009

Before becoming president, Angie was the Vice President of Enrollment Management, Chief Communications Officer, and has been an Adjunct Professor for 16 years at Life Pacific College. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She served as the Assistant Director of Emmaus Road Counseling Center from 2010-2015. Angie has taught a wide range of age levels, directed programs, and is a frequent presenter at conferences and retreats. She completed a documentary with acclaimed Academy Award winning Producer, Arnold Shapiro on the topic of Forgiveness which aired in November 2012. She and her husband lead The Gathering, a simple church network in Santa Clarita, CA and have two children.

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Barry Mulock

Barry Mulock is a graduate of Life Pacific University in San Dimas, CA with a B.A. and a Masters in Strategic Leadership. He served as the senior pastor at Thrive Church, Glendora, California among many other pastoral roles. Barry was born and raised in South Africa and currently serves as a global communications specialist with the International Foursquare Church movement.

Barry has a passion to care for pastors and leaders drawing from his own seasons of both thriving and challenge in ministry and a brief season of traveling from church to church to care for pastors. He brings wide ranging skills and experience in ministry and innovative communication strategies and experience.

Barry is married to Megan and together they have four children who also share their love for ministry and for people.

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Terry Samples

Professor, Chair of Transformational Ministry Program; V.P. of Academics at Life Pacific University. B.A., Life Pacific University, 1976; M.A., Azusa Pacific University in Religion and Social Ethics, 1990; Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1997

Terry has a long history with pastoral ministry. He grew up as a PK which took him to numerous pastorates around the US with his family of origin, followed by his own years as a pastor. Those led to a long history leading the training programs at Life Pacific University targeted at forming pastoral leaders.

Terry is married to Dr. Gayle Samples, Associate Professor, Chair of Human Development and Psychology Program at Life Pacific College. Together they founded the Emmaus Road Counseling Center over 10 years ago which is involved in caring for many current pastoral leaders and others who are currently training for the pastorate.