Care & Support

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers extend the care of the congregations to those with a variety of needs.

First Presbyterian Church’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as –

  • loss of a loved one
  • hospitalization
  • divorce or separation
  • loneliness or discouragement
  • spititual crisis
  • unemployment or a job crisis
  • a terminal illness
  • incarceration
  • aging
  • birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • a chronic illness
  • relocation
  • recovery after an accident or disaster
  • and many more.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

Could you or someone you know benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister? Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister? Contact John or Nancy Mallory, our Stephen Leaders, at (830) 285-1201 or contact the church office at (830) 257-3310.

Stephen Ministry

Congregational Care

Our church is fortunate to have a Congregational Care team who work closely with the Senior Pastor to provide compassionate support to church members and their families who are facing the many challenges and transitions of life – unexpected trauma and loss, hospitalizations, the process of aging, long term care, social isolation and the end of life.

The care team’s purpose is to help every church member know that, whatever they are facing, they are not alone and have a church community that they can rely on. We are here to identify individual and family needs, and then make sure that all are covered with the love and care of Christ.

If you or someone you know has a need for support, please call the church office at 830-257-3310.

Care and Support Team
Shannon Tuschak and Susan Montoya, Congregational Care Team

FPC Grief Support Group – Meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the Month at 10:00 am

Grief can impact individuals in different ways, and the path towards healing is never smooth or predictable. Connecting with others in a safe and confidential environment to share stories and receive support can help with the grieving process. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one, we can help you through this difficult time by providing you with the support and resources you need as you grieve, in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Our group is led by a skilled professional, the Bereavement Co-Ordinator at Peterson Hospice. Participants are encouraged to attend according to need, with no fixed time commitment or agenda.

Please call Pastor Susan Montoya at the church office (830-257-3310) for more information.

FPC Grief Support Group