The purpose of Fallen Pastor Ministries is to help fallen pastors, their churches, and anyone caught up in the wake of the sin of pastoral adultery. Our ministry team is here to help you through your specific set of circumstances. We understand because we’ve been there.
Ray Carroll is a former pastor who fell from grace by committing adultery. He started Fallen Pastor Ministries because when he fell, there were very few resources available to help people like him. Ray is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and before his fall, had a decade of service as a pastor.
Ray contributed an essay to “The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living Into the Kingdom of God,” under his pseudonym Arthur Dimmesdale. He is also author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World.”
Ray currently works as a sports medicine professional at Muhlenberg County High School in Greenville, Kentucky. He enjoys running, spending time with his daughters and watching true crime shows.
Brandon Watkins is a truck driver, delivering food product to grocery stores in the early morning hours. This wasn’t always what he did for a living though. Brandon grew up singing on stage in churches, leading worship at events, and even traveling with an evangelist in college. After college, he studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and went on staff with several different churches, each of them growing exponentially while he was on staff.
During this time he also dealt quietly with sexual addiction, until eventually it led to a full blown affair, costing him his family and his ministry. Brandon went through the vigorous steps of recovery, working to understand himself and God’s grace on a deeper level.
Brandon has two beautiful little girls and he lives in Shelbyville, Kentucky with his wife, Kala. He is now the worship leader at Bagdad Baptist Church. Brandon has recently joined with Ray in Fallen Pastor Ministries, eager to use his heart for addiction recovery to help those who are walking a road he has walked before.
If you are in need of help or are interested in having the Fallen Pastor Ministry team speak at your church or event, please reach out to us through our contact page.
What others are saying:
“Gospel ministry is not an exemption from struggle, temptation, and moral failure, so why are we shocked when those who preached against immorality fall prey to it themselves? Perhaps a better question is how can we so easily discard those for whom Christ died simply because they were in ministry? I thank God that He has raised up Ray Carroll and Fallen Pastor Ministries to apply the healing salve of the Gospel to those broken by the trauma of sin, often when everyone else has turned away. Ray speaks the truth about sin, whether his or anyone else’s, but he knows that the blood of Christ is greater than any transgression and he shares a compelling message of repentance and hope that glorifies Christ and by helping broken men and women find a way for the joy of their salvation to be restored.”
Victor & Louise Lester Professor of Preaching
“From the time I was first introduced to Ray Carroll and Fallen Pastor Ministries it was apparent that we shared the same deep passion to highlight the restoring grace of God. Fallen Pastor Ministries has become a strategic partner with us, in the overall effort to make pastors and churches aware of the risks that are inherent in ministry life – and to throw a lifeline to those who may have made decisions that have been disastrous. I have watched Ray minister without apology – either for the reality of sin or the larger reality of the power of the Gospel to renew and heal. In many ways, Fallen Pastor Ministries has been a gateway for many to find our ministry and the resources we can offer to burned out, wounded and fallen servants of God. Every time I get a call or email from Fallen Pastor Ministries referring a pastor in crisis, I know that it comes after time spent with that pastor, communicating the unfailing love of Christ. It has been a joy to work together – bringing hope where it seems there can never be any again. I count it a privilege to call Ray a friend, brother in Christ and one who shares the call to “strengthen the brethren.”
Roy A. Yanke
Executive Director, PIR Ministries
“One of the best definitions of friendship I have found is – a friend is someone who walks in when the entire world walks out. Fallen Pastor is just that – a friend to the fallen and a brother to the broken”.
Pastor of Fernandina Beach First Baptist
“David promised God in Psalm 51 that if he could just be forgiven, he would lead sinners to repentance. That could only happen if David brought into the light all that he had previously hidden in the darkness. Who does that? Who shares their darkest moment for the purpose of seeing one person experience restoration and another person avoid the same devastating mistake? I’ll tell you who, Ray Carroll and Fallen Pastor Ministries. He speaks openly and authentically , but never arrogantly. He speaks powerfully, but never judgmentally. He speaks from a place of experience, but not from a place of hopelessness. Ray courageously shares his story and as he does lives are changed. After 30 years in ministry I can honestly say that very few talks and testimonies have impacted my life more than Ray’s heartfelt journey from Psalm 51 to Psalm 138.”
Lead Pastor, Blessed Hope Church, Danville, Virginia