Our Mission

Research shows that over 50% of all pastors will experience a forced termination during their ministry lives. Pastor-in-Residence (PIR) Ministries helps exited pastors navigate vocational transition by providing a proven process of restoration within a caring and restorative environment.


An exited or fired pastor, a leader who is at risk and is in need of pastoral care.


Only God can bring restoration and comfort out of the turmoil of a forced exit in ministry.

The Church

The church is God’s instrument for fellowship, accountability, and restoration.

The PIR Ministry Distinction

Spiritual Focus

Jesus is the Great Physician, and we depend on the Holy Spirit to effect change in hearts. The grace, truth and power of the gospel are our sole hope for anyone in need of healing, comfort and direction.

Double the Impact

The impact on churches and particpants is equally positive. As one church member put it, “I think the PIR program has benefitted this church more than the Pastor in Residence participants.”

Local Church Focus

Meeting with a loving and gracious Support Team during the course of the process provides an environment for intentional growth and relational health in Christ.

Long-Range Focus

The PIR process provides an environment where a healthier understanding of the ministry role can emerge. A new and stable foundation is built upon an honest look at one’s strengths, weaknesses, and competencies related to ministry.

Fundraising Support

The financial consequences of a pastor being “exited” can be devastating. Within the local church financial framework, the Refuge Church is encouraged to provide a means by which donations can be received for the PIR program.

Proven Track Record

When you talk to those who have experienced God’s restorative work as a part of the PIR process, you find that the impact far exceeds expectations. The PIR program has made a lasting difference.

Partners in Pastoral Renewal & Restoration

The Team

With a depth of experience and a grace-filled passion to serve pastors and the church, each of us has a personal story of God’s work of renewal to share.

Roy Yanke
Roy Yanke

Executive Director

Ed Lochmoeller

Ambassador at Large

Dr. Daniel Borg

Regional Director

Mark Holler

Regional Director

Calvin Frett

Regional Director

Tom Jameson

Regional Director

Cecil Jenkins
Kip Slawter

Regional Director

Mark Yurich
Mark Yurich

Regional Director

Jason Eddy

Regional Director

The PIR Story

PIR Ministries and the Pastor-in-Residence program was born out of the heart of the Dr. Charles Wickman. In 1986, serving as a senior pastor in California, Chuck put the program together and used it at his church to aid in returning three exited pastors to vocational ministry. The process became the subject of his doctoral thesis at Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary in Illinois. Out of his thesis the first draft of the General Guide, Especially for Pastors Guide, and the Affirmations Workbook were created. PIR broadened its reach when, at Chuck’s retirement from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1997, it became a national ministry. The program materials and process were further refined at that time with help from key individuals at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

To God’s glory, hundreds of pastoral families have experienced His grace and healing work through the work of local churches trained in the Pastor-in-Residence process.

Research shows that nearly 1,500 pastors are exited from their church each month. PIR Ministries exists to provide hope to those exited pastors, and a proven process that helps them navigate times of vocational transition. PIR offers resources for helping exited pastors, developing Refuge churches, and Refuge networks in providing a caring and restorative environment. To God’s glory, hundreds of pastoral families have experienced His grace and healing work through the work of local churches trained in the Pastor-in-Residence process. PIR Ministries is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia and has Regional Directors across the country. Pastor-in- Residence(PIR) Ministries was formed as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in 1996.

“PIR stood with us. We feel unconditionally loved and accepted by church people again.”
– Dan S.


We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur within that union.

The above is based on the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals and adopted by Pastor-in-Residence Inc. (Rev 7 2016)

For Ministers

PIR Ministries is developed and administrated by ministers for ministers. There's just as much opportunity to help our cause as there is to receive from it. Please, join us today.

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