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.
Only God can renew and restore tired and wounded hearts. That’s why we partner with God. Only the continued immersion of a ministry leader’s heart in the Gospel will lead to lasting ministry health.
When hope is lost, ministry dies. Cultivating new hope is best expressed when we say, “God is not done with you yet!” Our personal stories reflect the reality of this fundamental truth.
Renewal and Restoration
Renewal – what needs to be mended – and Restoration – what needs to be rebuilt – are at the heart of Gospel hope. We compassionately work to strengthen the soul of God’s shepherds, to see them restored when wounded or fallen and to advocate for their ministry health as well as their just and loving care.
The Redemptive Quality of Pain
Pain is too valuable to waste. In God’s gracious hands, it is a means to deeper growth in the life of a pastor. It brings a deeper understanding of God, His care, and His plan. It can equip the ministry leader for greater effectiveness in service to God’s people.
We are in the encouragement business. Building relationships that can encourage ministry resilience for pastors and their families is what we do. It is built from the foundation that we “live what we give”, being committed to each other’s ministry health as a team.
We are committed to creating “sacred spaces” within the relationships we build, where honest conversations can occur, trauma can be processed, and wounds can be healed. This is shaped by a posture of listening well to those we serve, and to the God who heals.
The local church is the instrument of hope in the life of a ministry leader who is journeying through difficult transition and turmoil, and it is the God-designed instrument for bringing the hope of the Gospel in Christ to the world. Healthy pastors lead healthy churches, and healthy churches are engaged in the mission of God.
It is the calling and mission of PIR Ministries to partner with God and the Church in service to pastors, ministry leaders and their families of all races, ethnicities and both genders – all created in the image of God and equal before Him.
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 is God’s instrument for fellowship, accountability, and restoration.
The PIR Ministry Distinction
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.
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.
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
God’s servants need hope! Roy’s personal experience has shaped him in unique ways to come alongside the many pastors and their families who are “exited,” have fallen or are just plain burned out in ministry. He pastored for 17 years in an evangelical denomination. As a result of a major “crash and burn,” Roy experienced both the discipline and the grace of God through years of slow but steady growth, restoration and renewed hope. Prior to joining PIR Ministries in 2012, Roy spent 16 years working in a variety of manufacturing environments, including most recently as Quality Manager for a growing company.
While serving as a Regional Director for PIR Ministries, Roy interacted daily with pastors who are in need of a fresh dose of the message of restoration and renewal in Christ. Following the outstanding leadership provided by Ed Lochmoeller, Roy was appointed the Executive Director of PIR Ministries in 2016.
Roy and his wife, Deb, have been married for over 40 years and have one married daughter. Roy is an ordained ruling elder and regular teacher at Grace Chapel EPC in Michigan.
Because there is joy to be found in life… Roy plays bass in the worship band, enjoys jazz music and hockey, and his dog, Keillor.
Dr. Daniel Borg
Dan is quite familiar with the challenges pastors face. Most recently, he was the Senior Pastor of Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks, CA where he served for 16 years. Prior to that, he served three churches in the Minnesota Baptist Conference. He is a graduate of Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a part-time instructor in Biola University’s BOLD program, teaching Bible and leadership classes. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Converge Southwest, while continuing to minister as an associate pastor in his local congregation.
Dan’s focus is in conflict management. He completed a program in Mediation and Conflict Management at California State University, Northridge, and offers conflict management assistance in three areas – the pro-active approach of equipping people to deal with conflict before disputes arise, coaching pastors and church leaders who are in the midst of conflict, and mediation.
Dan is part of the cadre of PIR Ministries Clergy Coaches. He believes that having a coach to provide advice, encouragement, support, and correction would be an asset for any pastor. Knowing there is a sounding board or a compassionate friend to talk with would mean a lot to any pastor, not only during times of crisis, but also in everyday ministry.
Dan and his wife Pam have two married children and five grandchildren. The live in Thousand Oaks, California.
Jason’s passion for supporting pastors, their spouses and children comes from the pain he has experienced in his own pastoral experiences and witnessed in the lives of close relatives and friends. Unfortunately the pain of church conflicts, forced exits, health challenges, broken family relationships, and personal failures often leave us wondering how to move forward. Jason’s greatest desire is for each of God’s children to know their Father’s heart for them, and to personally experience the love and grace they have preached to others for so many years. Jason has served in a variety of ministry roles, including youth pastor and church planter. Along with his work with PIR Ministries, he is currently the Pastor of Care and Connection at his home church.
At the top of his favorite things are his wife, Stephanie, and his children. He also enjoys pickups, boats, dirtbikes, and Michigan State football and basketball.
Cal has served as a Presbyterian Church in America pastor and missionary to Japan since June 6, 1958. His depth of experience has given him unique insight into the needs and challenges that pastoral families face. Cal served as Vice President/Operations with PIR Ministries for many years; assisting in the formation of the ministry alongside its founder, Dr. Chuck Wickman.
Cal and his wife, Dorothy, have been married for 57 years. They have three children and 14 grandchildren.
Residing in Virginia Beach, VA, Cal and Dot continue to oversee the vital prayer initiative that is at the heart of PIR Ministries.
A transplanted Hoosier, Tom moved from the East Coast with his wife Cindy and 3 daughters in May of 2000 to continue a ministry career that began in 1985. The past 15 years have been especially formative in preparing him for his new role with PIR; joining the staff in 2015. His time as a pastor and his experience of the grace, mercy and hope found in Christ shape his call. Tom has a heart for pastors, a love for Christ’s church, and a passion to see all followers of Christ excelling in their gifts, which for him include listening, encouraging, teaching and shepherding. Tom and Cindy currently reside in Frankfort, IN.
Non-PIR stuff looks like golf, carpentry, walks and laughter. Plus, there’s that Red Sox obsession…!
Sean Nemecek brings 18 years of pastoral experience to his work in caring for pastors. As a third-generation pastor, he grew up listening to pastors talk about their joys and struggles in ministry. He loves ministry families!
Sean has written over 100 articles for his blog The Pastor’s Soul where he’s working to combat pastoral burnout by training churches to care for their pastors and training pastors to care for their own souls. He wants to help you invest in your pastor’s joy for the good of the church.
Sean is a creative guy. His hobbies include reading, cooking, photography, and woodworking. He once built a 125-gallon aquarium out of plywood and glass. Sean’s favorite quote comes from his Grandfather, “If you can read and follow directions, you can do almost anything.”
He is married to Amy, a book editor for Baker Publishing Group, and they have one son. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tim has a heart to walk with people in ministry. He has served the church for almost 25 years in various pastoral roles with the C&MA in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington. He has lived in the joys and challenges of pastoral ministry and understands the unique toll and the pressures that pastors and their families face.
Having navigated his own healing journey, he has experienced points of God’s miraculous grace—those moments where God breaks through as only God can. He has also learned to live in God’s sustaining grace—when He gives enough grace for each day as we persevere through hard times.
God has uniquely prepared him to serve with PIR as a regional director to offer help, healing, and hope to those serving in pastoral ministry. He believes this work is more important and vital than ever before.
Tim is currently pursuing certification in Spiritual Direction and enjoying opportunities to coach and mentor pastors.
Tim and Jewel have been married for 29 years and have four children. They currently live in Sandusky, Ohio.
Leonard was raised in Zimbabwe by parents who were very religious. He tried his best to attend family rituals and to go through most of the church ordinances but was not saved. On the 27th of November 1995 Leonard gave his life to Christ at a revival that was held near his village.
Currently, he’s pastoring a church and working with Inter-denominational programs in his town. Leonard is also involved in church planting, evangelism and has a passion for kid’s ministries. He has served for the 16 years in the local pastor’s fraternal, holding different positions, coordinating programs and learning a lot from working with pastors from different denominations.
By God’s grace, Leonard initiated a Bible school in 2019 which is training pastors and church leaders for free.
Leonard has experienced difficult times in ministry that lead to burnout, and many times felt like he was heading for a crush. Most of the challenges shaped him to be the kind of a leader he is today.
Anne has served as a Presbyterian pastor for almost 20 years in three churches—two as a solo pastor and one as an associate pastor. She has served on a variety of Presbytery committees that focus on caring for pastors in crisis. She has had training in conflict management at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, and has a Spiritual Direction Certificate from NewWay Ministries (Dr. Larry Crabb).
After experiencing burnout in her second church, she spent a year at International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO, taking time to slow down and confront her tendency to overwork. A clergy couple began mentoring her, and she experienced the benefit of coaching for the first time.
Now residing in Cedarville, OH, she has been the pastor of Cedarville United Presbyterian Church for over ten years and currently serves as the President of the CedarCliff Ministerial Association. When not working, she enjoys cooking, sewing for a variety of missions, and hanging out with her Shih Tzu.
Jason has been an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church since 2013, however his ministry experience spans across two decades as he has been heavily involved in church ministry since 2001. He has served on the pastoral staff of three churches: two separate EPC churches in Berkeley, CA, near Seattle, WA plus a predominantly Asian church based in Atlanta. Each of his church staff experiences was unique and Jason intimately knows the struggles involved with exiting churches for a variety of reasons.
Joining PIR Ministries as a Volunteer Regional Representative is in many ways a providential opportunity for Jason as he has personally benefited from the wisdom and guidance of PIR leaders at key moments in his ministry career through what may have seemed like chance encounters, but in hindsight were God-ordained. Also, in his years since being involved in full-time ministry, Jason has met and engaged with a number of pastors and ministry workers who have exited churches, and so he is looking forward to continuing these types of conversations with the added empowerment and backing of PIR Ministries.
Ambassador at Large
Ambassador at Large
For 30 years, Jim has served as the lead pastor of Highlands Community Church, which has grown from a neighborhood congregation of 700 to a regional ministry with over 2,000 people attending, 35 staff members, more than 800 volunteer leaders. Jim was the very first “Pastor-in-Residence” when Dr. Wickman began the program. During his tenure at Highlands Community Church, Jim initiated the Pastor-in Residence program as a regular ministry of the church and dozens of pastors returned to active ministry with new hope.
Jim has trained executive leaders in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. He holds a doctorate in organizational leadership in churches/nonprofit organizations from Fuller Theological Seminary, a master's of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a master's in counseling from The Seattle School. He serves as a licensed mental health counselor at the CoHear/BCS clinics in Bellevue and Tukwila, and has served as an adjunct professor of conflict resolution at Northwest Seminary.
"I have been married for 47 years to my best friend, Lauri. We're blessed with four children. We love to hike, travel and anything involving water. You'll find me wakeboarding, scuba diving, boating and enjoying Starbucks coffee."
Karol finds great joy in performing administrative tasks. After serving as the Church Administrator for the past 22 years at her home church, she decided to make a change and is excited to share her gifts with PIR. She has the desire to serve God by organizing, administering, promoting, and helping the team with their various needs.
Having grown up in a dysfunctional home, she accepted Christ at the age of 24. Since then, she has served with children, youth, women, and small groups. She has also been a Deacon for multiple terms. She is continually seeking God's Way and Will for her life, and messes up along the way, which is why she stays in the Word and, is thankful that God's mercies are new every morning!
Karol is married to Jim, has three grown children, two in-laws, and one grandson - all of whom bring great happiness to her life. When not working, she enjoys doing crafts, putzing in her yard and spending the weekends at their summer home on the west side of the state of Michigan.
Ambassador At Large
Ambassador At Large
Ed began serving the Lord in 1972 as volunteer youth director for a small church in rural Southern California. In 1978 he graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College and began working fulltime as associate pastor in Fallbrook, CA.
He joined InFaith (an American Mission) in 1982, and has served in several ministry capacities with InFaith over the subsequent years: Church Missionary (pastor), Area Missionary in Southern California, Southern Regional Director and, ultimately,. Chief Development Officer, Director of Ministry Resources, and Manager of Recruiting, Training, and Deputation. In these roles, Ed was involved in camping, VBS, church planting/growth, ministry development, and recruiting and caring for missionaries in fourteen states. Along the way, Ed earned a MBA from Azusa Pacific University.
In 2009, he became the National Director of PIR Ministries. Ed passed the leadership baton in 2016, and is enjoying his new role with PIR Ministries as he transitions into a new season of life.
Ed has both personal and ministry experience that qualifies him to work with those who have been exited from the pastorate or a ministry responsibility. He knows firsthand the pain and emotional trauma that goes with such a life changing event.
Ed and his wife, Penni, are avid hikers, kayakers and enjoy their children and grandchildren.
Ambassador at Large
Ambassador at Large
No stranger to difficulties, and with extensive experience as a pastor in the local church, Kip is able to identify and empathize with both pastors and churches who are struggling and hurting. Over the years, Kip has been involved in various types of vocational ministries beyond the local church; at a denominational level, in church planting (both nationally and internationally) as well as theological training and education.
In 2010 Kip was paralyzed as a result of a fall while riding a bicycle on a country road. Now a quadriplegic Kip conducts ministry from a power chair with the assistance of some great technology and a great deal of support from his wife and others. He believes his injury was not an accident but another aspect of the ministry to which God has called him. Kip and Judy both welcome the opportunity to minister to other pastors and their families, especially in times of turmoil and uncertainty.
Kip and his wife Judy bring over 30 years of ministry experience to their work with PIR Ministries. They are currently residing in Newport News, VA. and have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
Kip earned his D Min degree in 1979 from Covenant Theological Seminary and is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.
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.
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)
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