Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is the support that Christians offer one another in daily living and at times of need or crisis in personal and communal life.

At Fourth Presbyterian Church, pastors as well as members serving as Stephen Ministers, Deacons, or members of Care Teams are available to provide support when life becomes challenging.

Specific information about each of our pastoral care ministries can be found using the links below. We pray that these ministries remind you that God is always present.

If you or someone you know is in need of care, please contact David Handley, Interim Minister for Pastoral Care (; 312.573.3360) or Carol Allerton, Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Care (312.640.5448;

If you are interested in giving your time and talents to our caring ministries, we encourage you to let David Handley know.

Pastoral Care Ministries

Pastors | Stephen Ministry | Deacons | Care Teams


The pastors at Fourth Church want to hear from members when life changes occur. It is their hope that they can be helpful in bringing the faith of the church community to bear in the sometimes difficult task of making sense of life’s challenges and finding a way forward.
      Click here for more information.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are members of the congregation trained to provide support in caring one-to-one relationships to individuals who are going through challenging times.
      Click here for more information.

Deacon Ministry of Care

Deacons are responsible for the care of the congregation and for outreach ministries. As part of their ministry, Deacons serve Communion to homebound members during Advent and Lent and also serve as Angels-on-Call, delivering meals requested by families with new babies or those who have just had surgery.

  • If you know of someone who would benefit from Communion being delivered at home, please contact Carol Allerton (312.640.5448).
  • For more information about Angels-on-Call, click here.
  • For more information about Deacons, click here.

Care Team Ministry

Care Teams are groups of volunteers who provide help in daily tasks for individuals or families facing life-challenging situations.
      Click here for more information. For additional information about volunteering at Fourth Church, contact Robert Crouch, Director of Volunteer Ministry (312.981.3382).

For more information about Pastoral Care at Fourth Church, contact David Handley, Interim Minister for Pastoral Care (; 312.573.3360).