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
COACHES FOR WOMEN’S HUDDLES
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.