[Pastor Story] Are You Struggling to Button Your Suit Coat?

I still remember it like it was yesterday.  It was a typical Sunday, or I thought it was, morning in 2004 which led to the routine of putting on my suit.  Ah suits.  Aren't the majority of us glad they've ...

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This Cowboy Pastor Got a New Ride!

      There's a cowboy church named Bethel Assembly in a small Texas town called Anson that has ignited a community.  The pastor that is leading that charge is named Cody Cochran. Three years ago I stepped into his office while itinerating and ...

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[Pastor Interview] – “Don’t Wait Until You Have a Cardiac Arrest”

https://vimeo.com/117615570 Lately I have talked to a handful of pastors that aren't overweight and look healthy, but sadly aren't.  They had the assumption that because they looked fit they were.  Wrong! We sat down with Jason Yarbrough, who is one of the ...

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There’s a Party Going on in the Fit Pastors Facebook Group

One of the perks of joining a coaching huddle is you automatically get added into our online community.  Yes we have a fan page that offers tons of articles, motivational pics. provide updates, etc. However, we have a secret closed group ...

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15 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join a Coaching Huddle

  You Want To Be a Loner You Want To Stay the Same You Want to Be Unfit Behind the Pulpit You Have Tons of Time to Research the Latest Fitness Info You've Found Another Option You Already Feel Attractive to Your Spouse You've Got Your Sleep ...

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Reason #10 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help regaining your influence as a leader?  Has it been lost because those around you second-guess your ability to lead yourself?  Could your outward appearance and physical health be trumping your ability to cast vision to the ...

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Reason #9 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help with getting a better night's sleep?  Are you even getting enough rest or are you forfeiting what your body really needs to recover?  How about taking a regular Sabbath? We have a quality proven resource called Fit ...

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[Interview] – Pastor John Van Pay on the Importance of a Sabbatical

https://vimeo.com/114456163 A 20-minute video interview with John Van Pay, Lead Pastor of Gateway Fellowship in Helotes Texas, who shares his story of losing over 60 pounds, becoming an Ironman, and why he implemented a sabbatical early on in planting the church ...

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Reason #8 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help stewarding your body?  You know perhaps God's greatest invention!  As you know if you sow daily healthy choices you will reap the benefits in your overall health.  God will bless you. We have a quality proven resource ...

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Reason #7 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help with gaining more energy?  Are you lacking the stamina and endurance to simply make it through a ministry work day?  How about after preaching a couple of messages?  Out of breath? Are you able to run ...

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Reason #6 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help with your health so you can have greater credibility in your leadership?  Do you lack influence with others because of your lack of discipline in this area of your life?  We understand.  We've been there too. ...

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Reason #5 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help with your weight so you can enjoy a far better quality of life?  Perhaps you fear getting on a plane because of your size?  Perhaps you are unable to ride a roller coaster?  Perhaps you struggle ...

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Reason #4 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help with your health so you can be around as long as possible?  Remember we have eternity in heaven but our lives are but a vapor here on earth.  Don't you want to spend many years fulfilling ...

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Reason #3 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help with taking care of your temple? We have a quality proven resource called Fit Pastors Academy.  You can enroll, have your own professional coach, and build relationships with other pastors via a coaching huddle. Interested in learning more? CLICK ...

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[Interview] Nutrition Guru Jeanne Douthit “How to Respond Under Nutrition Pressure”

https://vimeo.com/114457595 A 15-minute video interview with Jeanne Douthit, NASM Certified Trainer and Nutritionist guru, gives advice and recommendations on how to respond to those around us when feeling the pressure to conform to unhealthy eating habits in different scenarios. This is an ...

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Reason #2 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health for the Kingdom in 2015

Do you need help with your physical health so you can be around for your family? We have a quality proven resource called Fit Pastors Academy.  You can enroll, have your own professional coach, and build relationships with other pastors via ...

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Reason #1 Pastors Should Reclaim Their Health in 2015

Do you need help with your confidence? We have a quality proven resource called Fit Pastors Academy.  You can enroll, have your own professional coach, and build relationships with other pastors via a coaching huddle. Interested in learning more? CLICK HERE TO LEARN ...

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[Interview] Pastor Becky Hennesy “Running, Triathlon, and Prayer”

https://vimeo.com/114456968 A 29-minute video interview with Becky Hennesy, who oversees the “Women of Worth” women’s ministry at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill Texas, shares how she uses exercise to cope with the stress of ministry and how running has stirred her ...

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[Video Interview] – Pastor Mark Brewer on Putting Air in Your Lift Tire

https://vimeo.com/114448104 A 17-minute video interview with Mark Brewer, Executive Pastor at The Oaks Fellowship, who shares why he’s always made strength training a priority in his life and tips on how other pastors can do the same.  He even mentions a ...

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[Video Interview] – Pastor Greg Ford on Holistic Leadership

https://vimeo.com/114446637 A 27-minute video interview with Greg Ford, Lead Pastor of One Church in Columbus Ohio, shares with us his philosophy of holistic leadership, how making physical health a priority has grown his credibility and influence, and offers practical tips to ...

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[Video Interview] – Staff Wellness Expert of James River Church

https://vimeo.com/114258953 This is a 21 minute video interview with Ken Hood, Staff Wellness Expert at James River Assembly and part of our Fit Pastors team. He shares all about water, supplements, and the priority of a health screening and what kind of ...

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Join a Fit Pastors Coaching Huddle

The #1 New Year's Resolution every single year is.... wait for it..... yep you guessed it!  LOSING WEIGHT! We want to help you not only lose weight but never find it again.  We are called to be THE SOURCE for health ...

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Top 15 Books for Pastors Wanting to Reclaim Their Health

  I often get asked, "So what book do you recommend in my journey of health?".  If you're like me there's so many options, not to mention now we have the luxury of blogs and other online articles. If you are a ...

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The Call to Repent of Gluttony – Guest Blog by Emily Boller

I’m convinced that many in the medical industries and religious communities are not so much into healthcare and healing per se, but disease and resulting crisis management. Although they mean well, they don’t blink an eye or flinch a muscle at serving ...

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Are You Putting Air in Your Move & Lift Tires?

Move or lift?  Which one is the better tire to keep aired up?  I champion the fact that your body is a vehicle and in order to keep it on the road to health you really need to keep four ...

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Pastors… How Much Food Are You Inserting in Your Mouth?

Are you in the category of the majority of Americans right now?  You know... wanting to lose excess baggage around the gut or hips area?  There's that tension of knowing that you were able to get by during the winter ...

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A Tale of Two Pastors Trying to Get Fit

Posted By: Ricky Van Pay Over the past two years I've come across two kinds of pastors while coaching. They both have a need to get fit.  Only one really wants it.  Let me explain. I've had both come to me with every ...

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[Pastor Spotlight] – Meet Michael Fleming

Meet Pastor Michael Fleming who is becoming a Fit Pastor.  He leads Whitehouse First Assembly near Tyler Texas. Michael signed up this past January for the Fit Pastors Academy and has dropped over 20 pounds!  This past weekend he participated and ...

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An Essential Tool in a Pastors Health Belt

Posted by: Ricky Van Pay I was recently listening to an incredible message my older brother John preached and he was talking finances.  He said, "When someone walks up to me with financial problems, I ask one question.  Do you have ...

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[Pastor Spotlight] – Meet Daryn Pederson

Meet Daryn Pederson who is the lead pastor of New Beginnings Worship Center in Miller, SD.  He's currently enrolled in the Fit Pastors Academy and reported in this past Monday that he's dropped over 25 pounds thus far!  He told ...

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The Lolligagger

Posted by Amy Van Pay You know who you are.  You moved mountains in your schedule to finally get to the gym.  You've got your sneaks laced up.  Water bottle in tow.  You're workin' your workout swag.  Tunes ready to rock ...

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[Pastor Spotlight] – Meet Paul Church

Paul, who is leads the charge at Dakota Ride Church in Littleton CO, literally defines a pastor on mission to reclaim his health for the kingdom.  I've personally known him for nearly three years now and he inspires me all ...

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On Leading and Loving Well

Posted By: Amy Van Pay I happen to know these two sweethearts in this video quite well.  They are my in-laws and I love them dearly.  I also got a front row seat to their journey to becoming healthier. Whether it’s a ...

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173… The Amount of Weight Lost Within Fit Pastors in January

  Posted by: Ricky Van Pay We recently polled those enrolled in our Fit Pastors Academy online course and asked, "How much weight have you lost since beginning?".  Approximately 173 pounds have been lost! According to statistics "For every ten pounds you are ...

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Two Minutes That Will Change Your Health

by Shawn Reine Thank you for watching this simple two minute video to learn about the many ways in which Fit Pastors can be of assistance to you.  Our desire is to be THE source for your fitness and health goals. ...

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Are You Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable?

By: Coach Ricky Van Pay A couple of days ago I found myself at the Louisville Recreation Center peddling away on a spinning bike.  I only had about 30 minutes to sneak in a quality session so I inserted some intervals. ...

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Your Food Relationship

What's that?  Did you hear something?  Oh, I think it's the slice of chocolate cake some precious lady left for the staff in the workroom calling out to you. Or maybe it's the nearest Sonic shouting your name because it's ...

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8 Life Lessons From a Marathon

Posted by Amy Van Pay A marathon is one of the best metaphors for so many things in life.  Now that I've crossed the finish line, I can't help but share some of them with you.  If you follow my blog ...

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The Importance of The First Pound

by Shawn Reine   We hear it all the time… In almost defeated tones… “I only lost one pound”… Are you kidding me!!!! Do you realize the importance and significance of losing ONE pound? Especially when it is your first pound.   When you ...

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WE ARE …………?

Do you remember the movie "We Are Marshall"?  If so perhaps you watched the inspiring pre-game speech by actor Matthew McConahay.  Yesterday as the Fit Pastors team prayed, dreamed, and strategized for the future we had one of those "We are" ...

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I Was 100% WRONG about the Fit Pastors Academy

Posted by: Ricky Van Pay When we launched fitpastors.com last week I honestly thought the #1 benefit or perk would be access to the online coaching course.  I mean come on we spent over 100 hours developing the coaching content!  Is there tons of coaching ...

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5 Reasons I Am Coaching for Fit Pastors

  Posted by: Shawn Reine Just recently I partnered with Ricky and Amy Van Pay who have launched a program that will help pastors and other leaders get on a path to wellness and physical fitness called Fit Pastors. I am one of ...

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Why Superintendent Tim Barker, Scott Wilson-Lead Pastor Of The Oaks Fellowship, And Other Pastors Are Securing A Spot In The Fit Pastors Academy

“I am going to be a part of the Fit Pastors Academy because I need to be healthy, energized, and prepared for the task required of me in 2014.  I need to be a better witness with my health and ...

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Top 10 Reasons That Joining the Fit Pastors Academy is a No-Brainer

You will have professional "Full Throttle Coaching" by three coaches in three different forms (watch, listen, read) You will have access to tons of bonus video interviews with pastors and coaches that will inspire you You will have unlimited "Save You the Time Air ...

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join the Fit Pastors Academy

You don't want to know about the four tires to keep aired up to keep your vehicle on the road to health You want to be a loner in your fitness journey, enjoy using food for comfort, and not interested in ...

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Top 10 Reasons We Launched Fit Pastors

Posted by: Ricky Van Pay 1.  Shawn and I have been there.  We like to say US TOO.  You know... being unfit overweight pastors struggling with credibility, confidence, and feeling attractive to our spouse's.  Shawn grew up in LA, went into Master's ...

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