Elmhurst Presbyterian Church offers a number of Care Ministries to meet the needs of our congregation and community.


Being a Deacon is a wonderful call to service. Deacons are the "caregivers" of the congregation. In this large congregation, people have all kinds of needs - they are recovering from surgery, grieving, lonely, ill, or otherwise in a time where they welcome the ministry of care from our congregation. In a very real way, Deacons are the hands and heart of the Church in our ministry of caring.

Every member of the congregation is a part of a parish unit served by a specific Deacon. The Deacon contacts your regularly throughout the year to make you aware of church happening and see how you’re doing. 

Good Shepherds

We take care of each other. The Good Shepherds team arranges meal trains, rides and other services for members in need because of illness or other circumstances.

If you have a need you’d like the Good Shepherds to address, or you’d like to be a member of the team, please contact the church office at or call the church office at 630.834.7750.

Heaven and Earth Growers

Drive by EPC and you’ll see a garden in our lawn. Every summer, a dedicated group of volunteers and the youth of the church plant, maintain and harvest the garden. The pickings are usually presented during the worship offering. All the produce grown in the garden is shared with the Yorkfield Food Pantry for distribution to those is need.

Pastoral Care

One of the key ingredients in any successful church is the quality of care it extends to its people and the surrounding community. The care the church exercises is called “pastoral,” not in the sense that it is from the pastor him/herself, but that the care has the basic qualities of love that Jesus Christ demonstrated. At EPC, we have a whole church full of individuals who can provide pastoral care. This is everyone’s job. If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please contact the pastors or leaders of the pastoral care team – Laurie Wilson, Pat Campbell, Carol Ewert, Cami Streuter and Cheryl Kopecky, or contact the church office at or 630.834.7750.

Prayer Team

You are not alone. A team of prayer warriors is available to raise you up in prayer. There are a number of ways to request prayer support.

  1. You can stay after the worship service to pray in person privately with a member of the prayer team in the front right pew.
  2. Submit a prayer request to . These prayer requests are only sent to the Prayer Team. Team members will add your request to their daily prayers.
  3. Attach a prayer request to the net in the sanctuary or submit a concern during the worship service to be lifted up during Prayers of the People.

If you’d like to be a member of the Prayer Team, send an email to the church office at , or call the church office at 630.834.7750.

Prayer Shawl Team

An open group meets twice a month on Wednesdays to knit and crochet prayer shawls and pocket prayer shawls for members and friends of EPC. The knitters have completed and given more than 375 shawls to people who for a variety of reasons needed to feel the presence of God in their lives.  Some have described their prayer shawls a hug from God.  

Along with the prayer shawls and pocket prayer shawls, members of the group have knitted hats, scarves and mittens for Erie House and other charities.

If you know of someone who is in need of strength while undergoing a medical procedure; someone who needs comfort after a loss; someone who needs peace and patience during a difficult time; or someone who needs to feel the presence of God please contact:  Mary Mueller at (708) 547-8793 or the church office at (630) 834-7750.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay individuals from our congregation who receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, job loss and many other life difficulties. Stephen Ministers have completed 50 hours of training and have made a commitment to serve.  They listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support. They aren’t psychologists, social workers, therapists or a new social contact.  Stephen Ministers are trustworthy, confidential caregivers.  God is the cure giver.

Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers for an hour each week. Women are matched with a female Stephen Minister and men are matched with a male Stephen Minister.  The individuals involved determine the length of time the relationship continues.  The time frame may be many months or it could be over a year, depending on the circumstances.

Please contact our pastors if you would like more information or if someone you know could benefit from a Stephen Minister.  Your inquiry is confidential.