Meet our experienced team
At Fairview Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources (MHLR), comprehensive psychological and vocational assessments are done by a four-person multidisciplinary team which includes a psychiatrist, two psychologists/pastoral therapists and a licensed independent clinical social worker.
This resource serves pastors and their spouses in a 14-state area. Primary goals of an assessment are to help a pastor gain greater clarity regarding issues that contribute to problems in ministry and personal life and to develop strategies for resolving those issues and moving toward a healthier future.
The two-day assessments offer adequate time to:
- explore family history
- discuss the joys and challenges of ministry
- administer and review select psychological tests
- review medical concerns
- identify important issues that diminish the quality of life and ministry
- develop strategies for moving forward
A summary of findings and recommendations is recorded in a letter written to the pastor (and spouse if attending) with a copy mailed to the Pastor’s Judicatory Executive with the pastor’s (and spouse’s) written permission.
Our assessment team
Gordon A. Braatz
Gordon has served on the MHLR assessment team since 2006 as a team psychologist and interpreter of psychological testing. He also works with pastors (and spouses) at the end of the assessment to summarize what has been learned and develop recommendations. Gordon is an ordained minister in the ELCA, served as a parish pastor for 30 years concurrent with psychology positions, holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota, is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a member of the American Psychological Association and Academy of Clinical Psychology. In addition to 35 years experience providing evaluation and treatment services, Gordon has served as an accreditation reviewer of doctoral and post-doctoral training programs in psychology.
J. Colleen Breen
Colleen has served on the MHLR assessment team since 2004. She introduces the assessment process and discusses family history. Colleen served as behavioral services liaison at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for 11 years; as a clinical psychotherapist with Fairview Behavioral Services for17 years; maintained a private practice in psychotherapy for 16 years; served as chaplain/director of pastoral care at Mercy Medical Center for seven years; and served as an individual and group therapist at Woman Well, international center for women religious/clergy for seven years. She has a master’s degree and is licensed in Minnesota as an independent clinical social worker; she’s also certified in Gestalt therapy.
Bill has served on the MHLR assessment team since 1988 as both medical director and team psychiatrist. He has a D.O. degree with a specialty in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Bill began his professional career in ministry serving three years as a parish pastor before focusing on chaplaincy and then education and training as a physician. He holds advanced status in Clinical Pastoral Education. Bill is certified by the American Association of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. He served as director of Child-Adolescent Behavioral Services at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and continues a private practice in psychiatry.
Paul has served on the MHLR assessment team since 2006. As a team psychiatrist, Paul focuses on psychiatric concerns and medical treatments. He holds an M.D. with a specialty in psychiatry and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Paul served as the assistant administrator of Minneota Manor Health Care Center, and currently serves on its board of directors. He provided inpatient and outpatient psychiatry with both Northern Pines Mental Health Center and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn., had a private practice in psychiatry in Edina, Minn. He provides psychiatric services for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis. Paul is the son of an ELCA pastor.
John P. Martinson
John works with Judicatory executives on their referral of pastors, discusses and schedules the assessment with pastors who have been referred, and conducts a comprehensive review of experience in ministry. (See more biographical details here.)
If you have questions, contact John Martinson, program director, 612-706-4558.