Our officers of the week contact the sick and shut in, the grieving and healing. Our pastors visit and make calls, and our Congregational Care committee responds to members and friends with meals, notes and calls, and at funerals and receptions for grieving families. Through small groups, Sunday School Classes, Choirs, and in other friendship circles, members keep in touch and minister to one another. It has been said that if you sneeze during worship, you’re likely to find a casserole on your doorstep when you get home.
For longer term Christian care, we offer the Stephen Ministry. We have trained Stephen Ministers who will meet with a person in need confidentially, one on one, to listen and be a supportive friend. Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers who will walk with you, listen to you, and provide confidential, one-to-one care as you search through the pieces and find what is truly in your heart. To learn more about what Stephen Ministry can do for you, talk with Katelyn Gordon.
The Counseling Center located in the Adult Ministries Center offers professional counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. The Counseling center is open to congregation or community members who find themselves in difficult or abusive emotional and relational situations, as well as those struggling with addictive behaviors. The Counseling Center strives to provide:
- Care for people in a confidential environment where they can work and sense God at work in them
- Open avenues for personal and relational healing
- A proactive ministry for emotional wellness
- A place where people can share stories of pain and loss with a professionally trained counselor
Ray Ball, who holds an MA in Counseling, has 22 years of counseling experience in both the US and Australia, and he offers care through the love of Christ. To contact the Ray at the Counseling and Trauma Center, call 704-577-4311.
A Christian therapist for 6 years, Michelle McDevitt-Askew, MACC, LMFT, LPC-A, enjoys working with groups, families, couples and adolescents. Michelle graduated from Gordon Conwell with a Master In Christian Counseling in 2012. Her background in the medical, private and church settings equips her to work well with couples, families and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, chronic illness and life stage transitioning. Incorporating faith, art therapy and family systems theory, Michelle looks forward to helping people grow, heal and live out an authentic life; a life that is reconciled, restorative and purposeful. If you would like more information please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 980-263-9313.
Spiritual Direction involves working with a trained Director to explore and deepen one’s awareness of God’s presence. Dr. Cathie Powell, of The Anchorage, is available to guide and direct individuals who are seeking to grow more deeply in the Spirit. Appointments can be made with Cathie by calling 864 232-5683.
Ordained in 1999, Cathie is the founder of The Anchorage, an ecumenical Christian nonprofit 501c3 (tax- exempt) ministry that provides contemplative settings for men and women to step away from their busy lives to be with God, as revealed in Jesus the Christ, for healing, for comfort, for discernment, and for rest.
To learn more about Cathie and the organization, visit The Anchorage’s website.