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Who We Are

Our Story

Rooted in the Region

Our story began October 1, 1974, with four men, William B. Turner, Rev. Richard Robertson, Rev. Herschel Allen, and Dr. George Zubowicz. They believed the Pastoral Institute would be a refuge of healing, clarity, and inspiration for those who come seeking help with difficult life experiences. For them, the union of mental health and spirituality was not just a novel concept but a fundamental key to unlocking transformative healing. Recognizing the profound impact that faith and spiritual grounding can have on one's mental and emotional resilience.

They established the Pastoral Institute as a safe space where individuals could explore their inner selves with the guidance of professionals who appreciate the significance of both psychological and spiritual dimensions. Our founders believed in the power of bridging these worlds, understanding that mental health is intricately connected to a person's spiritual journey.

Our Legacy Moving Forward

We celebrate the dynamic transformation of our culture, and we believe that diversity is not just a value but a cornerstone of our practice. Everyone, regardless of background or identity, is welcomed with open arms. Beyond our clients, diversity thrives amongst our staff, enriching our team with a multitude of perspectives, experiences, and insights. We recognize that we find strength, empathy, and understanding, fostering a space where all individuals can find hope, support, and empowerment.

Join us on this journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Together, we honor the past, embrace the present, and build a future where healing is not just a destination but an ongoing evolution. Our legacy is your story of resilience, growth, and the inspiration to thrive.

The Pastoral Institute is accredited by the Solihten Institute, a nationwide network of outpatient behavioral health centers dedicated to treating mind, body, spirit, and community.