Pastoral Care And Counseling
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, PLEASE CONTACT CRISIS INTERVENTION AT 717-394-2631. You can visit their website here.
Pastoral Care – Who We Are
Grace Community Church is committed to pastoral care.
You matter to our Pastors and our staff. We will look for you on Sunday and be sure to learn your name. You will always be more than a number at GCC. If you are hospitalized or are unable to attend services for a period of time, our pastors and deacons will visit and encourage you and your family in the Lord. You just need to let us know by emailing Andrew Potts.
Pastoral Care and Counseling Services
At Grace Community Church, we provide pastoral counseling services and Christ-centered, Biblical spiritual direction free of charge for members and regular attenders in need of these services. We are not therapists, psychologists, or social workers, but specifically pastoral counselors who counsel from the Word of God. If you would like to set up an appointment for counseling, coaching, or spiritual direction, please fill out the form below.
Couples are available who work as marriage mentors. Marriage mentoring couples will meet with you and your spouse on a monthly basis to help you navigate the difficult transition points in marriage. These couple have been trained to deal with a variety of issues. If you would like to work with a mentoring couple, please fill out the form below.
GCC offers financial counseling for issues such as budgeting, debt recovery, dealing with spending habits, estate planning, financial skills (use of debit cards, checks, balancing a checkbook, etc…). Please fill out the form below to set up an appointment to meet with one of our financial counselors.
Are you or someone you know dealing with grief and struggling to make sense of the death of a loved one? Grief Share is a non-denominational, world-wide network of churches that offers a 13-week program featuring biblical concepts for addressing, expressing and learning to cope with significant losses through death. The format for this group includes weekly DVD seminar teachings, lay-facilitated discussion/care groups and take home workbooks that provide a short, daily Bible study and a weekly “grief work” page for personal application, journaling and reflection. The group is open to both GCC attendees as well as those in our community.
Grief support is provided on an individual as-needed basis this fall & led by Cindy Baker, Elaine Potts, Carl Butler, and Erma Sauder.
If you or a loved one is battling cancer, you are not alone. Cancer Support Group is for those whose lives are being affected by cancer. The group meets bi-weekly to encourage, comfort, and care and is led by Fran and Allen Gruver.
We offer a variety of rotating support groups as we provide pastoral care to our people. You can find a whole listing here.
Meet Our Pastoral Care And Counseling Staff
To see our complete staff, click here.
PASTOR STEVE BRUBAKER
Steve Brubaker is the Counseling Pastor at GCC. He was born in Lancaster but as the son of a Navy retiree moved around a lot as a child before returning to Lancaster upon his Dad’s retirement. Steve graduated from McCaskey High School, Lancaster Bible College and Millersville University with an M.Ed. in Counselor Education. His experience includes urban church work and ministry with those in a condition of homelessness and addiction. He is married to Kerry, a native of Bloomington, MN and a graduate of the U of Minnesota and Dallas Theological Seminary who works at Water Street Rescue Mission. Both Steve and Kerry were part of the founding of GCC. They are the parents of two daughters, Hannah, a nurse in the PICU at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Gabrielle, who works at Penn Health/LGH and is married to Alex, a Northern Lancaster County Regional Policeman.
Deb Groff – Biblical Counselor
Deb Groff is a Board Certified Biblical Counselor (BCBC) through the American Association of Christian Counselors and is a graduate of Shippensburg University. Deb primarily focuses counseling to women and also coordinates the scheduling and intakes for all the counselors at GCC.
Cheryl Paxson – Pastoral Counselor for Children
Cheryl Paxson is the Christian Counselor whose main work is with children at GCC. She has always lived in Lancaster County. Cheryl graduated from Penn Manor High School and Millersville University with a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed in Counseling. She holds PA Counselor Certification from grades Kindergarten to Twelve. Cheryl worked for two years as a Social Worker in a retirement home, two years at Crisis Intervention and twenty years as an Elementary School Counselor. The American Association of Christian Counselors accepted Cheryl’s credentials as a Retired Member. Cheryl has earned Certification as a Mental Health Coach through AACC and Light University. She has enjoyed singing in the Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Choir Festival for many years. Cheryl is married to Jim, who grew up in Cochranville, PA. Jim is a retired Business Manager, who continues to enjoy cabinet making. Jim and Cheryl enjoy traveling in their camper and spending time with their two grown children and extended families.