congregational care

At First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, we believe that one way we experience the presence of Christ in our lives is through the work of His body, the church. As a church, we minister to each other in times of need, receiving and giving care according to our different gifts. Mutual care also helps us to foster deep relationships and to support one another as we seek to be faithful disciples of Jesus.

Often this care happens organically and informally in the midst of our life together. At other times we rely on the work of the congregational care committee and a number of care teams, each of which is led by a deacon, to support the caring ministries within our community.



The Barnabas team is comprised of trained volunteers who are able and willing to walk alongside people who have long-term care needs and people in crisis. This team builds off of our history with Stephen ministry and is part of our ongoing conversation about how to meet that sort of need in our congregation.
Team Meetings | Second Monday of the month 9:30am
Leader | Frances Baldwin


This group helps with the practical arrangements for funerals, but it also includes people who are familiar with the grief process and want to support members of our congregation who have recently suffered a loss.
Leaders | LeNoir Medlock (griefcare); Valorie Vliek (funeral details)


This is a team of trained individuals who drive the church bus from retirement communities to church on Sunday mornings. Leader | Eve Bennett


Comprised of deacons and elders, this group extends communion to homebound members and members who are ill or unable to attend church for a season.
Leader | Rebecca Gurney


This team helps to provide food for a person or family by cooking, delivering, and organizing meals.
Leader | Gail Ward


The volunteers on this team are flexible and willing to help with all manner of tasks: online streaming and connecting to FPCA media, moving, raking leaves, and rides to the doctor’s office.
Leader | Tom Young


This team gathers to pray for our church and its members and our community. They often extend their time of prayer by reaching out with a phone call or card.
Monthly Meeting: 1st Thursday monthly at 10:00am
Training: Ongoing
Leader | Esther Pardue


This team is formed of two or more deacons assigned to the Givens and Deerfield retirement communities. These deacons provide care and support to FPC members in these communities, and they also work to create a sense of community among church members there.

Leaders |
Givens: Marge Marsh and Earl Thompson
Kate Lafrance, Sue Macy, Judy Rittmeyer


This team regularly visits homebound members of the congregation.
Leader |
Eula Pence


Confidentiality is an important component to the work of all our teams, especially the Prayer Support team, the Bereavement and Grief team, and the Barnabas team. To join a care team or ask questions, please contact Rebecca Gurney at


For care: Rebecca Gurney

For urgent needs: Care Line
828 222 0113