The Board of Directors of The Crucible Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Roy D. Wooten as its new Executive Director.

Already well known and highly respected across The Crucible Project community, Roy comes into this leadership position from the role of Executive Director and President of Shield Bearer, a Houston based counseling ministry.
Roy joined Shield Bearer twelve years ago as that ministry’s Executive Director and since that time has built relationships with churches, community leaders, referrers and funders.  Roy leads a staff of thirty-five that provides effective and impactful services across the Houston area.  

Board Chairman Tim Hoeppner says, “The Crucible Project has seen expansive growth over the last five years and has been pursuing a well-conceived strategic plan. Roy will bring vision, insight and strong energy to take The Crucible Project to the next level as we grow our work to touch men’s lives around the world and ignite Christ-like change. Roy is a uniquely qualified and a very exciting choice to lead The Crucible Project into the future.” 

Roy comes to this post with strong professional credentials and a successful track record of building organizations. He is an author, has a MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, an honorary doctorate of ministry from Grace Global Seminary and has led hundreds of marriage retreats, trainings and intensives, working with his wife Devra. In addition to being a trained therapist with experience as a mental health professional, he has deep experience in our specific kind of Christian soul work.

Roy will succeed Chris Cleghorn who has led the ministry since the retirement of founder Greg Huston. Chris began as Executive Director in a part-time role in 2012. Crucible has been executing a vison and strategic plan to grow to at least 50 communities globally by 2021. The growth of Crucible has been strong over the last five years: from 230 to 850 men initiated annually, from 8 to 75 certified group leaders, from 5 to 15 communities, from $378,000 to over $900,000 from donations and fees. In recent months Crucible surpassed 4000 men initiated in Crucible Weekends in the U.S. and across the globe – with communities in Mexico, Australia and Kenya.

“I cannot think of any one more ideally suited to step into this position and bring to Crucible the leadership needed at this time. Roy is wise, skilled, compassionate and results-oriented; he has a heart of service to God,” says Chris Cleghorn. “Roy will bring extensive experience in Crucible’s core work as facilitator, teacher and leader. He brings with him deep experience in the world of counseling and the healing of hearts and minds, and he has managed and built effective organizations. Roy is a gifted communicator and passionate advocate for our work.”

In his acceptance of the Executive Director post Roy says, “I believe God is using The Crucible Project in powerful and unique ways to serve the Body of Christ. I am thankful for Chris Cleghorn’s great stewardship of this vitally important ministry and am excited to work together with men across the globe as we ignite Christ-like change through experiences of radical honesty and grace. ”

Roy will take the reins as Executive Director on April 8th. Chris will serve as support to Roy for a brief period as Roy transitions into this new position.  
For information contact: Chris Cleghorn at  or 630-362-1546.