We serve the church by studying the pastor.

Pastoral Wellness Research Team

The Story of Our Research Team

As a third-generation pastor, the director of our team, Dr. Jonathan Hoover, believes there is a substantial connection between the wellness of the pastor and the wellness of their church. As a researcher, Jonathan, along with his team of exceptionally talented graduate students explores questions about pastoral health and wellness, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Current Research Studies:

The predictive value of spousal empathic concern on self (pastor) and other (spouse) discrepancies in pastoral perceived stress levels.


Jonathan Hoover, Ph.D. – Primary Investigator
Ufon Ahime
Wendi Nixon