Our Team

Ron Cook

Ron Cook
President/Co-Founder

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married 42 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron’s main role at Care for pastors is ministering to hundreds of pastors annually through counseling/mentorship in person or by FaceTime/Skype. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well. Another role Ron serves in is our Care for Churches Initiative, where he takes the counseling/mentorship/coaching on-site to multi-staff churches.

Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook
Executive Director/Co-Founder

Rodetta and her husband, Ron have been married 42 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Rodetta has a passion to minister to pastors’ wives who need the message “they are worthy.” Her main role at Care for Pastors is ministering to those pastor’s wives through “The Confidante” Initiative. She also coordinates all events for Care for Pastors.

Robert White

Robert White
Pastoral Coach/Counselor

Dr. Robert White was raised in central Florida and completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida. After college, he completed the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than 40 years he has served as pastor of churches in Florida and in Massachusetts. In October 2016, Dr. White joined Care For Pastors as a Pastoral Counselor/Coach. Robert currently resides with his wife, Kaye, in Leesburg, Florida.

Krissie Garland

Krissie Garland
Ministry Director/Counselor

Krissie was born and raised in Texas. She has two amazing boy/girl twins, Joah and Selah. Krissie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For over 8 years, Krissie has counseled with people of all ages and from all different backgrounds. Her experience and training have prepared her to work with individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, and everyday life stressors. Krissie has an extensive background working with local churches and ministries. She grew up a Pastor’s kid and served in the ministry alongside her husband for eight years.

Jennifer Street
Trauma Care Coordinator/Counselor

Jennifer was born in Alabama and grew up in East Tennessee from the age of 9 as a pastor’s child. Jennifer is married to Ryan, a Worship and Student Pastor, and they have two amazing children, Grant and Victoria. They have been in ministry together since 2001 and currently reside near Houston, Texas.  She holds a Masters of Social Work from Florida State University and is a licensed clinical social worker in several states. Jennifer has been in Christian counseling since 2004, first with the Tampa Bay Baptist Counseling Center and later in private practice. Jennifer is a certified clinical trauma professional and is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy(ART ®), an eye-movement therapy for trauma. Jennifer is also trained in equine-assisted psychotherapy, alpha-stim treatment, Heartmath Biofeedback, and Gottman couples therapy.

Jared Simons

Jared Simons
Marketing & Media Administrator

Jared has served as Care for Pastors’ Marketing & Media Administrator since March 2014. Growing up he planned to go into a career in architecture but discovered his passion for the world of graphic design and marketing. He graduated from Orange Technical College in 2010 with a degree in Multimedia Design and continues to do work in the areas of design, branding, and marketing. His desire in serving with Care for Pastors is to see his work being used to make an impact in the lives of pastors, their families and the churches they serve. He has been married to his “Pretty Girl” Jenni since 2014 and has two amazing daughters, Adeline and Alison.

Kathy Rivers

Kathy Rivers
Financial Administrator

Kathy has been involved with Care for Pastors since 2006 and assumed the role of Financial Administrator in January 2017. She has been married to a “PK” (Preacher’s Kid) since 1976 and has 1 daughter.

Brian Walton
Director of Donor Relations

Brian has been married to Nealy for 25 years, and they have three children. He has 25 years of experience serving in the ministry and non-profit worlds. Brian began his ministry journey as the solo pastor of a small church, left there to help plant a church, later served as the lead pastor in a larger congregation, and currently serves as a Campus Pastor in a multisite ministry. He has helped organizations raise well over $20 Million for mission and ministry. Brian says that God used CfP to save his marriage 7 years ago, which is why he’s passionate about this ministry today.

Christy Watson

Christy Watson
Administrative Assistant

Christy became involved with Care for Pastors through “The Confidante”. Her desire is to help women heal and grow in the Lord. She has been a Pastor’s wife for over 15 years. She has been married to her husband, Paul since 1994 and they have 3 children, Lacey, Chloe and Tater. Christy answers the phones, greets guests and assists where needed here at CfP.

Patti Johnson
Confidante Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Patti has been volunteering with Care for Pastors with The Confidante for Pastors’ Wives for 7 years after her and her husband received counsel from Care for Pastors as a way to give back to the ministry. She joined the Care for Pastors staff in January 2020. Patti is one of the administrators of The Confidante Private Facebook group for pastors wives and is a regular contributor to weekly blogs. She loves to use her gifts and abilities to support the needs of the ministry. Patti has been married to her Pastor husband Keith for 36 years. They have 3 adult children who all to their delight live in Florida.

Sandy Forinash
Volunteer Coordinator

Sandy has been serving with Care for Pastors since June 2017. She is currently a retired residential Realtor in the Central Florida area with over 11 years of experience. Sandy and her husband, Bud, now reside in Leesburg, FL.