Fall Coaching Huddle Season

Fall Huddle registration is now closed. Winter huddle registration will open mid-December.

Our Winter Huddle Season will begin the week of January 11th. Please check back in the future for more information!


Academy 1.0 – Male Huddles for our Fall Season


Mondays 10:00am (CT) with Coach James Petty

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Mondays 5:00pm (CT) with Coach Jeremy Partl

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Tuesdays 10:00am (CT) with Coach Shannon Welch

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Tuesdays 1:00pm (CT) with Coach Shawn Reine 

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Wednesdays 10:00am (CT) with Coach Jerry Mullins

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Thursdays 10:00am (CT) with Coach John Martin

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Thursdays 4:00pm (CT) with Coach Curtis Tucker

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Fridays 11:00am (CT) with Coach Micah Reynolds

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Academy 1.0 – Female Huddles for our Fall Season


Thursdays 7:00pm (CT) with Coach Misty Valkanet

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Fridays 10:00am (CT) with Coach Misty Valkanet

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Academy 2.0 Male Huddles for our Fall Season


Mondays 3:00pm (CT) with Coach Ricky VanPay

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Wednesdays 8:00am (CT) with Coach Jerry Mullins

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Please contact a member of the Fit Pastors team if you would like more information.

To enroll in the Fit Pastors Academy 1.0 online course without a coach, CLICK HERE.

Meet The Coaches


MistyMisty Valkanet

While working a corporate job and working alongside her husband in ministry for 10 years, Misty loved working out as a way to just be free. She realized how at peace she was during long runs and wanted to help others rediscover what a healthy body feels like. After quitting her job, she went back to school to earn her Associates Degree in Health and Wellness and certificate for personal training through ACSM. She now gets to participate in ministry and coach clients along the way to a healthier whole person. The beauty is when they can work together which is what she tells her clients as to why she does what she does!!! For Misty, there is nothing more exciting than seeing a client walk for another 10 years, or an athlete reach his goal race time, or a mom/dad play with their children at the park. We all have our own personal reasons for wanting to lose weight, train, or just be healthy. Misty’s desire is to help those she coaches reach their realistic desired goals, whatever they might be. What started as working out consistently to lose some unwanted baby weight, became Misty’s favorite hobby, that eventually turned into her career. She loves pushing her body to obtain new goals,and in a world where things often can’t be controlled, she likes knowing she has some say in what her mind, body, and heart can do. When you say, know, and feel you can do something…you can!




JohnMartinJohn Martin

John is a pastor who has lived and served in Louisiana all of his life.  He is the husband to one and father to three boys.  From an early age, John has loved the outdoors and playing sports. Over the years, bad eating habits, and a sedentary life found himself overweight and unable to do many things. He was borderline diabetic, had high blood pressure and out of shape.  His lifelong friend, Shawn Reine, was preaching youth camps in 2014 and spoke about Fit Pastors.  He felt compelled to respond to the challenge.  Since joining the Fit Pastors team in August, John has lost nearly 70 pounds, runs 3 times a week, and has lead two other pastors through their own weight loss/fitness journey.  John is inspired about helping others not only in their own spiritual journey, but also on regaining their own physical health.

Jerry Mullins picJerry Mullins

Jerry Mullins is co-founder of ZaoFit, a ministry with the mission of helping people get healthy holistically. He is a minister with the Assemblies of God and has been a youth pastor for seventeen years in two churches. As a youth pastor, the fast food, long nights, and lack of regular exercise was taking a toll on his body. It was becoming obvious by the weight gain and loss of energy that his health status was not good. In the spring of 2009, he took his first step toward a healthy lifestyle. He cut soda out of his diet and added some simple Wii workouts. Since then he has become an avid runner and a student of health and nutrition. God healed his knee making it possible for him to run; he completed his first marathon in June of 2013. Jerry loves the running community, and constantly connects in the community through running groups, running road and trail races, and volunteering at local running events. He is currently certified as a personal trainer with NCCPT, and through his own health journey, God has given him a passion to help others reach their full potential.


Jeremy Partl

Jeremy is a graduate student at The University of Tampa completing a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He works as the nutrition director and is a research assistant in the Human Performance Laboratory at the university.  In May 2014, he graduated from Missouri State University with his bachelor’s in Dietetics. Additionally, he has multiple certifications and credentials including being a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach. Throughout his educational career, he has been able to gain experience working with all aspects of the population in providing nutrition counseling and education.


JamesPettyJames Petty

James’ journey began during his childhood…“I remember when I was just a little boy my parents bought my clothes in the men’s department store. I struggled with nicknames such as “Big Earl”. I tried throughout my young adult life to lose weight, but I always gained it back plus more. I was an alcoholic for 15 years which caused a lot of my weight problem. When I got saved in 2004, God delivered me from my addiction, and I immediately started losing weight, but it was not enough. I was still close to 300 pounds. Gode helped me get down to 180 pounds through proper nutrition and exercise. I fell in love with exercise and decided to get my personal training certificate through NASM in 2013. I have lost a total of 180 pounds and continue to keep it off.”  James received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Church Planting and Revitalization from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is employed at Teen Challenge Ranch in Morrow, AR. He absolutely loves the Tennessee Volunteers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. James and his wife, Sherry, have been married for almost 13 years and have five amazing kids.


MicahReynoldsMicah Reynolds

For twenty-three years of Micah’s life, taking time to plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle was not on his list of priorities. After all, who has the time to add more responsibilities to their life? However, after he was ‘forced’, as a result of positive peer pressure, to join Fit Pastor’s 12-Week program, living a healthy lifestyle became a top priority. After losing nearly 50 pounds and completing his first half marathon, Micah realized lack of time was not the issue, but denial and poor prioritization was. Residing in Jackson, MS as the Assistant Director of Mississippi/Louisiana Youth Alive, Micah has tasted the Fit Pastor’s Kool-Aid, and no, it’s not poisoned. In fact, it contains the realization of the truth that we will never impact this world effectively without our healthy, God-given vehicles of transportation, our bodies. As a result of drinking the Kool-Aid, now Micah wants to give everyone an opportunity to taste it.


Curtis Tucker pic3Curtis Tucker

For the past 30 years, Curtis has served in various pastoral ministry roles; the past 14 as senior pastor of Westwood Christian Fellowship in Weatherford, Texas. About 20 years ago, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (the insulin dependent type). Up until that point, he believed he was an extremely healthy person. He never had a weight problem, and as a result, his eating habits were mostly typical Texan; everything fried, lots of sweets, and a strong Dr. Pepper habit. After his diagnosis, he learned more about nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Now at 52 years old, he is reaping some benefits from being forced to change some of his lifestyle habits. For the most part, it’s simply an act of self-discipline in order to control the disease that affects his body. He strongly believes that how we care for and discipline ourselves physically is an indication of our ability to discipline ourselves spiritually. He works hard to maintain a healthy body so that physical limitations do not interfere with how he fulfills God’s calling upon his life, how he ministers to his church, or how he functions with his family. His desire is to help others, especially fellow pastors, accomplish that same goal.


Shannon Welch

Shannon is 40 years old and grew up in Haughton, Louisiana. He met his wife, Jennifer, in high school, and they have dated ever since. They have been married for 15 years and have 3 boys: Garrett, Gage, and Graham. He attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and has been an emergency veterinarian for the past 11 years. He has never had a weight problem, but he has not always been healthy. He has a crazy work schedule and working out consistently and eating right has always been so difficult. He and Jennifer began a journey after the birth of their third child, Graham, to live healthier lives. They started by running for 30 minutes and then trained for their first 5k. He really just wanted the free tech t-shirt that was included, but he did start and finish that race. Though he didn’t even come close to winning, it was the stepping stone to living healthier. He has now run multiple 5k’s, several half marathons, a marathon (just a few hours behind world record pace), and a couple of triathlons, even though he seems to swim like a rock. The competition of living healthy and active is with yourself. Set goals, find someone to keep you accountable, and finish the race. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7


shawnShawn Reine

Shawn loves helping pastors and church leaders get connected into Fit Pastors. It makes sense that the name of the church he planted in Highlands Ranch, CO is Connection Church. He grew up in the cajun country of Louisana, right outside New Orleans living the “Fried Life”. He understands the context of trying to stay fit in ministry as he spent time in Master’s Commission, student ministry for over 12 years, and is a frequent speaker at youth camps and national conferences. He enjoys running and has completed several marathons and triathlons. Shawn loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, hiking, skiing and everything Colorado. You can click here to read about his fitness journey of losing over 50 pounds never to be found again.


RVP Profile PicRicky Van Pay

Founder / Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Ricky steers the vision, spiritual direction, overall health, and culture of Fit Pastors. He leads the strategic efforts for long-term communication plans and guides the Fit Pastors staff team and advisory board in the execution of strategies. He excels at translating ministry goals into solutions that achieve measured results. Ricky grew up in the church as the son of a pastor. He graduated from Southwestern A/G University in Texas and has spent the last 15 years in student ministry, as a church planter and chaplain.You can read here about his inspiring journey of losing over 80 pounds never to be found again and coaching certifications. That journey is what ignited his passion to spread a movement that will challenge unfit pastors and churches to get fit holistically. His calling isn’t to just help unfit pastors and churches, but also is called to the ministry of spandex. In 2012, he became the first endorsed triathlon chaplain within his denomination and birthed Iron One. He lives in the Dallas, Texas area with his wife Amy (absolutely stunning girl pictured below), along with their three children – Camden, Cale, and Ainsley. He loves to take hikes with his kids, bag Colorado 14’ERS, participate in triathlons, watch the Broncos, and is a part of Red Sox nation.

Mail: PO Box 295, Waxahachie, TX 75167 Email: info@fitpastors.com Phone: 720-443-9141