Meet Our Pastoral Counselors
Dr. Gregory Popcak (POP-chak) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute) a pastoral counseling/mental health ministry listed in the Official Catholic Directory under the Diocese of Steubenville. The author of over 20 popular books helping readers apply their Catholic faith to challenges of daily life, he is an expert on the practical applications of Pope John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body. With his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio, a call-in advice program heard M-F at 10 am E/ 9amC on almost 400 stations affiliated with the EWTN radio network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 130.
Dr. Popcak is certified as both a pastoral counselor and pastoral counseling trainer by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, and a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (FAAPC), He holds degrees in human services, clinical social work, theology, and psychology.
In addition to his ministry and broadcasting work, Dr. Popcak serves as the Executive Director of the Peyton Institute for Domestic Church Life, a partnership with Holy Cross Family Ministries dedicated to promoting family spirituality and well-being through original research, professional training, and resource development. He is the former Chair of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies Program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He has served as an adjunct professor of both psychology and graduate theology at Franciscan University.
Dr. Popcak and Lisa are the developers of Catholic Households on Mission, a digital platform dedicated to helping families become dynamic domestic churches. They also serve on the US Catholic Conference of Bishops National Advisory Board for Marriage and Family Ministry. In 2022, he and Lisa were invited by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life to deliver the opening keynote at the Rome World Meeting of Families.
Dr. Popcak’s articles appear regularly in various Catholic periodicals. His work has been featured on FoxNews, NPR’s Here and Now, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and The National Enquirer.
Andrew Proctor, MSW, MTS, LCSW is a pastoral counselor/mental health ministry associate. A member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (the organization accredited by the US Dept of Education to certify pastoral counselors), and the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers, he has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a dual concentration in mental health and addictions counseling. He also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary, where he completed his thesis on the Catholic Church’s response to the sexual revolution. As an undergraduate, he attended Marian College, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies with a minor in Spanish. As a pastoral counselor, Andy is passionate about helping people discover ways their Catholic faith can help them overcome life’s challenges. He particularly enjoys working with couples and families and assisting people dealing with complex grief.
Before joining Pastoral Solutions, Andy worked in various community mental health settings, including home and school-based therapy. He has worked extensively with youth and families.