Founders of Paraclete Ministries


Wayne and Kathy Benson are founders of Paraclete Ministries, and are considered spiritual “parents” to many in ministry, having launched over 300 into vocational ministry. They continue to provide strategic coaching to ministers in the U.S. and abroad. They are most noted for their “shepherd hearts” and continue to serve the local church as the Pastors of Leadership Development for the network of Rock Family Worship Center Campuses in Alabama and Tennessee.

Wayne has served as an internationally recognized pastor of a mega-church, a college president and the president and CEO of a Christian Mental Health clinic.

Wayne and Kathy have two children, Mark and Tammy, both serving in fulltime ministry with their spouses. Mark and Michele planted a church in Huntsville, Alabama. Brooks and Tammy serve in the senior pastor role for Northville Christian Assembly in Northville, Michigan. Wayne and Kathy are blessed to invest in their children’s growing ministries and in the lives of their ten wonderful grandchildren.


Paraclete Ministries has, for many years, provided monthly teleconference or videoconference meetings with Lead Pastors in the U.S. and abroad. This personalized relationship is recommended as a 12-month follow-up to an onsite visit in order to assist in advancement and in the implementation of the report and its recommendations. Monthly coaching meetings are also provided as a stand-alone option for those who do not use the services of an onsite visit.

Paraclete Coaching provides personalized, direct interaction between the Bensons and the local church Lead Pastor. The Bensons provide strategic meetings with the Lead Pastor, the pastoral team and selected members to discover areas of strength and unrealized potential as well as focusing on areas that need intentional development. Far from being a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the Bensons make a deliberate effort to relate specifically to the church, its culture, and the “DNA” of the Lead Pastor.

An onsite visit usually occurs over a period of five days, and the result is a comprehensive, confidential 20-30 page report submitted to the Lead Pastor based on data and information about the church, its staff, members, ministries and procedures. The report contains insights, recommendations and observations for the church and the Lead Pastor. Additional materials and other helps are also included.

Empowering Change

``Paraclete`` is the Greek word used to describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit who functions as our comforter and advocate. While no one can take the place of the Holy Spirit Himself, we can function as an extension of His work and ministry. That’s what Paraclete Ministries is all about. Providing ongoing help to the field, seeing visionary pastors succeed and local ministries advance as God intended is greatly rewarding.