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Living in a Fishbowl: The Life of a Pastor's Wife

Monday, September 21, 2020 | Guest: Helen Golson and Gretchen Fant |

Living in the limelight has challenges. How does being in a fishbowl as a pastor’s wife affect relationships within the church, the family, and personal life?  In this episode of RE: CHURCH, Marshall Fant discusses this topic with his wife, Gretchen, and Helen Golson. Helen and Wayne Golson began ministry in 1967 when Wayne took a position as a youth pastor. He subsequently served as a senior pastor for almost 30 years. During their retirement years, Wayne served as an interim pastor in eight churches.  Helen has faithfully ministered alongside him in each of these assignments and speaks from experience about some challenges a pastor’s wife faces. Gretchen Fant highlights the great blessing it is to be a pastor’s wife and cautions that it is easy to be driven by others' expectations.  

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant leads the Church Consulting and Revitalization Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to assist healthy churches with strategic planning and revitalize struggling ones. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, disciple-making, financial, and facility challenges. Dr. Fant has 21 years of pastoral experience. He and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and ten grandchildren.