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God has called us to “bear one another’s burden’s”.

Sometimes you need someone to pray with or talk to in the midst of anxious times, difficulties, or crises.
At other times, you may want to reach out and provide encouragement and hope to others.

It’s God design that we give and receive care in the body of Christ, the church.

Receiving Care


How can we care for you? Share your care request with our pastoral care team.

Care Request
Support Groups

We offer a variety of support groups for different life challenges.

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Our Care Team desires to support our church family by assisting you in making plans to honor and celebrate the life of your loved one. ECC pastors can help you plan your loved one’s service and can perform the service at ECC or another area location. To contact us about your loss and begin planning a funeral or celebration of life service, call our office at 260-672-3377.

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Receive Support from a Stephen Minister

Stephen Ministers are trained members of ECC who walk with you when support and encouragement are needed most. Stephen Ministers are an expression of Christ’s love and care through having an individual listen, support, pray, and help you, as a care receiver, explore feelings and emotions without being judgmental.

Request a Stephen Minister
Pastoral Care

To speak with a pastor, please call our office at 260-672-3377

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are in the midst of an immediate crisis, such as a medical emergency or a death in the family, you can reach a staff member after hours when you call our office and dial 8.

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Financial Assistance

Individuals can face unique, unforeseen circumstances that impact their financial position. If you are in financial need call our office at 260-672-3377.
You must have attended ECC for a minimum of six months to receive any form of financial assistance.

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Counseling Assistance and Referrals

Sometimes we need assistance from a counselor as we work through life’s challenges. This may be working with ECC pastoral staff:

Gary Dilley (Pastoral Counselor) - Pastor Dilley has been in the pastoral ministry for over 35 years. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree in his training. He specializes in counseling individuals, couples, pre-marital couples, spiritual direction, and crisis counseling.

We also make referrals to Christian counselors in the Greater Fort Wayne area.

If you need a referral or are in need of financial assistance to move forward with a counselor, contact Pastor Gary Dilley at [email protected].



Jennifer Smith (Women’s Pastor) – Pastor Jennifer cares deeply for women and the challenges they face in life and relationships and is prepared to walk alongside them in a helping relationship.

We also make referrals to Christian counselors in the Greater Fort Wayne area.

If you need a referral or are in need of financial assistance to move forward with a counselor, contact Pastor Gary Dilley at [email protected].

Providing Care

Funeral Meal Ministry

The Funeral Meal Ministry helps those grieving by preparing and serving a meal for the family attending a funeral service held at ECC.

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Care Meal Ministry

Care Meal Ministry provides a much-appreciated break from making dinner for families going through a life change. How does it work? You make a dish at home that could be refrigerated or frozen, and then baked or microwaved by the family. Meals can either be dropped off at the church or at the home of the family.

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Helping Hands

People at ECC sometimes need driven to appointments, help with errands, or assistance with odd jobs.

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Stephen Ministry

A Stephen Minister is a layperson from Emmanuel Community Church who provides one-to-one Christian care for ECC attenders during a difficult time in life. When we face these storms, it is helpful to have someone come alongside us to provide Christ-centered support, encouragement, and prayer.

Become a Stephen Minister