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Pastoral Care Ministry

About Pastoral Care

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)  At PEPC, we are committed to reaching out and serving others with the love of Jesus. We do this through the various Care Ministries, which are Biblically based and facilitated by members of our congregation. These services are available to anyone in need of love and support. Our Associate Pastor Gary McCusker works under the umbrella of Pastoral Care. If you have any questions, email Gary at [email protected].

Care Ministries

PEPC Care Ministries

These services are available to anyone in need of love and support.

Freedom Prayer TeamRoyal and Elaine Benjamin ([email protected])

The purpose of this prayer ministry is to help broken and hurting people find freedom from deep emotional wounds, addictions, fears and oppression.

Stephen Ministry–Steve & Nikki Brundige ([email protected] )

Stephen Ministers are members (and friends) of our congregation, who have been trained to listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support to people facing a crisis or going through tough times.

Grief Share – Craig and Jeanine Libsack ([email protected])

Grief Share is a special 13-week seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of a loved one or other types of losses.

Divorce Care – Gary McCusker ([email protected])

This 13-week seminar and support group is for anyone going through separation and divorce. Held each fall and spring.

Hopeful Hearts – Judy Grimes ([email protected] ) & Annamaria Phillips ([email protected])

Hopeful Hearts is a ministry to help women within our community, who attend church without their husbands.

Special Needs Family Ministry – Leadership needed

The ministry serves to care for, and accommodate, special needs children and their families.

Mental Health Care Team (OVERCOME) – Cindy Hoeft ([email protected])

The ministry is to support and encourage people to understand and navigate mental illness. Whether you are struggling with a mental illness or care for someone who is, we encourage you to join us!

Military Care Ministry Sheila Marsh ([email protected])

Ministry is to support and encourage those who serve and their families. We support troops who are associated with PEPC and send care packages to them.

Handyman Ministries

This ministry to single women and the elderly serves those in need, who currently attend PEPC. Contact the front office for any requests or questions: 303-841-2125

Meals Ministry – Fran Rupprecht ([email protected] ), Marge Brower ([email protected])

A ministry to provide meals to people going through crisis or challenging times.

Card Ministry – Joyce Hickmon ([email protected])

This group makes beautiful, handmade cards that are sent to PEPC families needing prayer and support, included in the monthly military boxes, donated to Parker Valley Hope and used by other Care Ministries.

Stitchin’ with a MissionKaren McFarland (303-646-5770 (H))

This group makes knitted, crocheted or sewn items for non-profit organizations.

Deacon Fund TeamRoger Bottoms ([email protected] )

This is a financial assistance ministry for those both inside the PEPC family and to our greater Parker community.   

CarePortal – Gary McCusker ( [email protected] )

CarePortal is an online platform, working together with Child and Family Services.  Care Portal makes local churches aware of needs and  gives them an opportunity to respond.

New BeginningsAnita Reimer ( 719-339-1500 (H), Marge Brower ([email protected])

New Beginnings is a special ministry of love and support for adults who have lost their spouse by divorce or death.  They typically meet the 2nd Sunday of the month after the second service and for other outings occasionally.

Military Care Ministry

Many of our friends and families have loved ones serving in the military, and this can be a very challenging and emotionally draining time for everyone.  Our vision is to encourage and support those who serve. This group of women and men meets monthly to pack boxes to be sent to those both overseas and stateside. We rely on the generosity of others for help in providing items and donations for postage.  For more information, contact [email protected].  See items requested below:


Toothbrush for Children and adults
Nail file/clippers
Foot powder
Skin lotion
First aid items – Band aids, salve

Candy (no chocolate)
Red licorice
Beef jerky
Crackers- cracker & cheese, peanut butter & crackers
Swedish fish
Fruit roll-ups
Trail mix

Puzzle books
Magazines (appropriate)
Books (no hard cover)
Sudoku books
Playing cards, games
Heat wraps for sore muscles

Additional Resources

They have seven different walk-in in centers for immediate in-person support, information and referrals. All of these confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
1-844-493-TALK(8255) or text “TALK” to 38255

NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 and has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
800-950-NAMI or Text “NAMI” to 741741

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