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Pastoral Care

The heartbeat of Pastoral Care is to respond to and encourage people in our church and in our community who are experiencing challenging times. It is our desire that those we help will have renewed hope and purpose and experience the truth of Christ’s love.

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Part of being part of a church family is being there during times of loss. Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult and painful times in life. Our Pastoral Care Team is here to help guide you with decisions a family faces with the death of a loved one. Please click here to start the planning process.

To find service dates and times and bereavement information of Johnson Ferry members, you can CLICK HERE.


We know life is hard, and sometimes professional help is needed to deal with issues that arise. We desire to minister to the mind, body, and soul. If you decide that you need help, our referral counselor will seek to match you with a professional specifically trained to help you with your need. All of the counselors on our list are certified by the state of Georgia, with a few being in professional ministry positions that do not require a license.

A referral is not an endorsement by Johnson Ferry. If you are interested in a referral, please call (770) 794-2978. Your call will be confidential. Our counseling ministry does not operate as a crisis center. If you have an emergency, please call 911 and ask for a crisis-intervention officer or go to the emergency room. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the suicide and crisis hotline at 988.


If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis pregnancy, we are here to help. We offer confidential free counseling and assistance. To get started, click here and fill out the confidential form.


Our Stephen Ministers walk with individuals through times of transition or crisis, such as divorce, bereavement, loneliness, and other life changes. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about connecting with our Stephen Ministry. Or if you would like to learn how you can serve as a Stephen Minister, click here. Training is held on Tuesdays, from 6:30-9 PM during January through April.

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We offer support groups year-round for people struggling through many of life’s challenges, including depression, divorce, the loss of a loved one, a prodigal child, and more. Click here to see a full list of our support groups.

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Pastoral Care

Posted on: March 22nd, 2023

Whether you are struggling with depression, grief, a wayward child, or going through a divorce, we have support groups to help you navigate the difficult struggles life throws at you. Check out all the groups we have to offer.

Posted on: July 9th, 2024

Losing a spouse is a difficult time – Join us Sunday, August 4, from 2-4pm in Room 354 for a 2-hour seminar for those who have lost a spouse, no matter how long it has been. This is a free seminar, but we ask that you please register.



Art Wilder – Pastoral Care Pastor
(770) 794-2971