The Center for Healthy Churches (CHC) is delighted to announce two important additions to the consulting arm of the ministry. Each of these new consultants brings vast ministry experience and exceptional expertise to their work.

The Rev. Dr. Carol Tate is the Interim Executive Presbyter for The Middle Tennessee Presbytery.  She has served in a variety of roles and ministries across an accomplished career. A native of Kentucky who has called Nashville home for thirty years, she comes to CHC with a lifetime of experience in the church. She began first as a professional musician, making music as an organist, choir director, and singer across many denominations, and later as an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  She has served churches large and small, running the gamut from a founding NCD pastor to pastor of a large adult ministries program to solo pastor and head of staff in various interim ministry positions.  As musician and as pastor, Carol’s varied service to the church has equipped her with a broad knowledge of polity and doctrine.  She has done intentional study beyond her degrees in music with an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School, a DMin from Austin Seminary in ministry, and she most recently finished a master’s degree in conflict management at Lipscomb University.

Above all, she has cared for and engaged with a wide range of people in a variety of contexts.  An important question for her is:  in both church and culture, are we in a defining and potentially creative moment?  Will our conversations with one another be substantive, honest, and lead to equitable, healing, and creative ways forward?

She will be the Moderator of her presbytery in 2019, is totally enamored with her first grandchild, loves to walk, read, play Bach, and travel.

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The Rev. Dr. Mike Clingenpeel joins CHC after a distinguished career as pastor, editor and thought leader is Baptist life. After completing his Ph.D at Southern Seminary in Church and Community, Mike pastored in churches in Michigan and Virginia. After a 12-year stint as the editor of The Religious Herald, he concluded his career as the Senior Pastor at River Road Church, Baptist in Richmond VA, where he was name Pastor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2014. In the years since, he has served as interim pastor at Franklin Baptist Church in Franklin VA.

Mike and his wife, Vivian, live in Richmond, and have a grandson in nearby Fredericksburg.
You can reach Mike at

Both Tate and Clingenpeel bring unique gifts to bear upon their work with congregations and parishes for CHC. Each has a deep and profound appreciation for the local church, each has been remarkably successful in their various roles, and both are committed to engendering health and hope for the church of the 21st century.

Bill Wilson, the Director of The Center says, “I am thrilled beyond words to welcome these two remarkable talents to our growing team at CHC. They each bring unique skill sets that benefit the congregations, parishes and ministers they will work with. Both share our core commitments to being proactive agents of health, hope and healing for others.”

The Center for Healthy Churches is a multifaceted consulting group of twenty-six consultants and twelve leadership coaches who span the continental United States and represent a diversity of theological and denominational traditions. CHC services include work in the areas of Visioning, Conflict, Transitions, and Staffing, as well as specialty leadership consulting/coaching for ministry areas such as Youth, Children, Preaching, Administration, Worship, First 100 Days, etc.

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Sarah WIlson