Shepherds Fold Ministries
Shepherds Fold Ministries

Shepherd's Fold: helping pastors

Shepherd's Fold: helping pastors

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Shepherd's Fold Ministries

Since 1999 Shepherd's Fold Ministries has been encouraging ministers of all denominations of the Christian faith.  From Day of Renewal events to the new RETIRING MINISTERS initiative, Shepherds' Fold finds creative and meaningful ways to encourage pastors and all those involved in Christian ministry.

Brent and Susan Van Hook with Joyce and Gene Williams,


Shepherd's Fold was birthed in the hearts of Gene and Joyce Williams and continues today through Brent and Susan Van Hook.  Click here to learn about the history of Shepherd's Fold.


from Brent Van Hook - director

Thank you for connecting with Shepherd's Fold Ministries' website!  Ministers give care to so many people.  Shepherd's Fold exists to bring ministry to ministers - to "enfold" these  Shepherds / Pastors in encouragement and support.  I hope you'll take the time to learn more about our ministries.  Please let us know if we can help you in any way! - Brent Van Hook 


Bob Russell


 "Brent Van Hook and I became friends more than a decade ago.   Over the past ten years we’ve visited in each other’s homes and shared speaking platforms through the Shepherd’s Fold ministry. Brent is devoted to the Lord’s kingdom and has a heart for retired preachers.  He also possesses the creative gifts necessary to be a most effective leader for this much-needed ministry." - Bob Russell, Retired Sr. Minister, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Ky.

Dwight Gunter


  "The role of pastor is biblical and essential to Christianity. God calls people to be pastors, serving the church and the world. This role is challenging on so many levels, yet God sustains and provides. He often does so through people like Dr. Brent Van Hook and Shepherd's Fold Ministry. Brent and Shepherd's Fold is a means of grace to a group of people who serve selflessly in our world."

- Dr. Dwight Gunter, MidSouth Nazarene District Superintendent

Dan Boone


 "I am grateful that God is raising up a leader to care for our retiring ministers. Brent Van Hook has the heart, the skills, and the passion for these great servants of God. I rejoice in commending him to you."

- Dr. Dan L. Boone


Trevecca Nazarene University

Terry Toler

Terry Toler, former board member Shepherd's Fold Ministry to Pastors

"Leaders like Dr. Brent Van Hook are to be cherished! He embodies the mission of Shepard’s Fold Ministry and his positional leadership is perfectly aligned with his passion; as a provider of encouragement and inspiration to pastors of all Christian churches. While there is no expiration date on encouragement there is a timeliness to when it will have the greatest impact on those in need of it. Shepard’s Fold Ministry seems to come along at just the right time for pastors in need of a safe place, a loving embrace and new confidence to fulfill their calling."

- Dr. Terry Toler

Vice President of Church Relations

Southern Nazarene University

Al Gwinn


"To speak of Brent Van Hook is to speak about integrity, authenticity, excellence, and kinship. He is a committed disciple who loves people, longs for their wholeness in Christ and is tireless in his work for the Kingdom."

- Al Gwinn

Retired Bishop

The United Methodist Church

Bryan Collier


"Brent VanHook has been my dear friend and chief encourager for nearly 20 years and I can say with full conviction--God created him with the ministry of Shepherd's Fold in mind.  Brent is a passionate pastoral leader with a vision for caring for those who have poured out their lives for others on a daily basis for decades. Ministry to retiring ministers is a great need and I am excited that Brent and Shepherd's Fold are stepping into this much needed resource gap!  I know that God has big things planned for Shepherd's Fold and Retiring Ministers!" 

- Bryan D. Collier
Founding and Lead Pastor
The Orchard, Tupelo, MS

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Brock Gill

Brock Gill supports Shepherd's Fold Ministries and Brent Van Hook

"Partnering with Brent in ministry has been a joy. Brent is passionate about serving pastors and making healthy servants and followers of Christ. I lean on Brent for his wisdom and insight when times get tough. I have used his teaching to help other pastors on topics of sabbatical and rest. I trust Brent Van Hook with my life."

-Brock Gill Author, illusionist, evangelist

More to Come


Thank you for supporting Shepherd's Fold Ministry as we creatively continue to bless, help, and encourage pastors and ministers.  Thank you,

Brent Van Hook.


Shepherd's Fold Ministries

More to Come


Thank you for supporting Shepherd's Fold Ministry as we creatively continue to bless, help, and encourage pastors and ministers.  Thank you,

Brent Van Hook.


Shepherd's Fold Ministries

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