Mission of XPastor
The mission of XPastor is to equip, coach and lead our tribe of executives in the church—Executive Pastors, Senior Pastors, Pastors, Finance & HR Personnel and Board Members. Since 2003, as a global tool for churches of all sizes, we have helped multitudes of church leaders.
Founder of XPastor
My passion is to hone church leaders
in executive roles
Areas of Specialty Include
Founded in 2003 by David Fletcher, XPastor is a principal resource for executive leaders in a complex church world. For 35 years, Fletch of the Hey Fletch column, led churches from 1,000-8,000 members, single and multisite, churches with camps, schools, apartments and cafés. His fourth book is Predators in the Church (August 2019).
Fletch brings an objective perspective, broad knowledge and vast experience. He’s a friend and “church doctor.” He brings biblical principles and best practices to your church’s unique culture and setting.
As an undergraduate, Fletch received special permission to take classes at Fuller Seminary. He received two graduate degrees from Dallas Seminary and did executive education classes at the Kellogg School of Management and the Harvard Business School.
In academia, Dr. Fletcher teaches church leadership to Doctor of Ministry students at Dallas Seminary. At ETS India, he made a ten-year commitment to found their D.Min. program and train a national leader to replace him—bringing world-class authors as guest professors, such as Darrell Bock, Gene Getz, Wayne Grudem and Dan Wallace.
Fletch was treasurer for twenty-five years of the American Council of the Asian Christian Academy. He is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and trained in conflict resolution. Fletch was a founding board member of OCUnited.
He loves to walk and exercise with his wife, Tami—and Fletch loves rowing, swimming and scuba diving.
The XPastor Team
Mike Gould–Director of Connections and Leadership Consultant
Mike is an accomplished senior leader, worship pastor and speaker who has served in ministry for over 20 years. He has pastored churches ranging in size from 300 to 3000.
Mike has helped his churches develop their unique culture. He is a strong builder and refiner of teams. His knack for developing church staff, hiring well, working out differences of opinion within teams and treating employees with love and dignity, contributes to the overall health of the organization. Mike has a God-given skill for identifying and understanding how congregations respond, or don’t respond, to their churches’ messaging, branding and communication. Mike has unique insights for identifying church culture, creating warm and welcoming environments, and for setting the desired “tone” for worship services. He seems to effortlessly help ministries adapt to better reflect its culture, values, and strengths.
He earned his Masters of Arts in Religion at Liberty University in 2003. Mike and his wife, Karin, live in Virginia with their four children. He enjoys songwriting in his free time and you can find his album It’s Not About Me on iTunes.
John Austin Helm
Austin’s Areas of XPastor Specialty Include
- Copywriting & Marketing
- Discipleship Systems
Small Group Coaching
Strategies for Church Assimilation
Teaching & Content Creation
Young Adults Integration
John Austin Helm is a local church pastor, teacher, and writer. For 10+ years he has worked with and for various churches in the Huntington Beach, Austin, Fullerton, and Costa Mesa areas—churches ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 members.
Along with being a pastor and communicator, Austin has served on the Strategic Leadership Team for churches navigating rapid growth, senior leadership transitions and reaching diversifying communities.
Austin facilitates leadership training for universities, missions organizations, and church planters.
Austin has a B.A. in Communications from Oral Roberts University and an M.A.T. from Fuller Theological Seminary.
In addition to ministry, Austin also serves as a consultant for creatives, start-ups, and social media investors.
Making It Happen
Tami’s Areas of XPastor Specialty Include
- Answering questions about events and helping you enroll.
- Directing XPastor events, such as the annual Seminar and regional Workshops.
- Editing all articles on XPastor … she wields a mean pen.
- Producing the bi-monthly e-newsletter.
- Working with the wives of XPs.
Tami is the Director of XPastor. Her favorite event is the annual XP-Seminar when she gets to be face-to-face with all the people she has been ministering to via email during the rest of the year!
Tami’s ministry experience includes organizing prayer meetings for church leaders and writing puppet scripts. For non-puppet drama, a claim to fame is her script for The Walk Through Bethlehem, a live-theater interaction seen by over 16,000 people.
She and David have been married for 38 years and thoroughly enjoy doing ministry together. They are “pleased and proud” of their two children. Jason, and his wife Erin, are graduates of the School of the Art Institute Chicago. They live in Boston where Jason is an Associate Producer for the planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science. Lauren, and her husband Josiah, are graduates from Stephen F. Austin University and have a national candle business, The Burlap Bag. They are also proud parents of the Fletcher’s two grandchildren: “Greta Lowe” and “Fletcher Lowe.” Many call Tami “Mrs. T,” but her favorite thing to hear is “Grandma T.”
Tim Samuel—Podcast Host
Tim Samuel believes in using numbers and business knowledge to change lives by the grace of God. His mission is to create future opportunities.
He is a CPA and the CFO of Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, Maryland. By celebrating the diversity of colors, classes, and cultures, Bridgeway has become an international model for multicultural ministry, attracting over 4,000 people weekly from more than 50 nations. The church is a non-denominational, multicultural church led by Dr. David Anderson, who is a noted author on race relations.
Tim also serves as the treasurer for Grassroots Crisis Intervention and is a guest writer for Church Finance Today published by Christianity Today.
He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Columbia with their three children, Eve, Julia and Luke.