School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Keisha Pou-Buchanan


African Pentecostal Church, Clergy wife, Pastor’s wife, Clergy, Burnout, Conservational & Transformational coping methods


Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this phenomenological study is to understand why pastors’ wives within the African Pentecostal Church (APC) in the United States experience burnout in ministry. With the African Pentecostal Church being the fastest-growing denomination around the world and in the United States, it is important to give careful attention to the wives of clergy in this denomination. Analysis of the data includes the description or identification of themes, supported by anecdotes or other markers within the data. The design of this study is basic qualitative research, a common type of interpretive study. The collection of data for a basic qualitative design may include personal open-ended semi-structured interviews and observations and will be based on a theoretical framework identified by the researcher. This researcher believes that this study will help shed light on the stressors that wives of clergy face and how remaining silent, can lead to suffer burnout.