A history of encouraging ministers

The history of shepherd's fold ministries



Since 1999, Shepherd's Fold Ministries has encouraged ministers of all denominations of the Christian faith.  From 1999 to 2013 Shepherd's Fold was led by Gene and Joyce Williams.  After Gene's death in 2013, Brent Van Hook became the director and continues to lead Shepherd's Fold today.  Joyce Williams continues to stay involved.   The purpose of Shepherd's Fold is to care for ministers.  Ministers and pastors are often the ones caring for others, and Shepherd's Fold seeks to bring care to these care-givers.  

1999-2017: The annual "Day of Renewal" program.

From 1999-2017 Shepherd's Fold offered a "Day of Renewal" to all ministers and their spouses.  Nothing was sold to ministers, no training was involved, it was simply encouragement.  A special speaker was brought in for encouragement such as H.B. London, Thom Rainer, Bob Russell, Stan Toler, Robert Coleman, and Jeff Walling.  Worship was provided and prayer support offered.  Outback Steakhouse offered a free steak dinner at the end of the day to all who attended.  Ministers walked away with a resource packet.  As many as 375 pastors attended these events which were held annually in Wichita, Kansas during October which is Pastor Appreciation Month.  Click here to learn more about this program.  

2018-2019: Transition to Tennessee

From 2018 to early 2019, Shepherd's Fold transitioned from Wichita, Kansas to Nashville, Tennessee.  During this time Shepherd's Fold offered a "Soul Care" conference for pastors and also a special Valentine's meal for widows of ministers.  Click here to learn about these special programs and a story of the impact of the Valentine's Day ministry.  


In early 2019 Shepherd's Fold received a grant to launch a one-of-a-kind initiative to help retiring ministers.  Keeping with the direction of Shepherd's Fold, the scope of this initiative is providing care for retiring ministers of all denominations of the Christian faith.  Learn more about this exciting initiative by clicking here.  

Leadership Transition

Joyce Williams offers a history of Shepherd's Fold encouragement of pastors and a blessing to Brent Van Hook in this interview by Billy Byler from 2013.  

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