Sharing Compassion through 

the Ministry of Care

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee for Associate Pastor for Care presents

Rev. Robert Sparks

Associate Pastor for Care

About Rev. Robert Sparks

Compassionate Care

“Love one another as I have loved you” - John 13:34

Samaritan Counseling Center

FPC Atlanta Care and the Samaritan Counseling Center are beginning a monthly small group support group for kids who are Creative Learners, and for their parents. Creative Learners are people who navigate ADD, dyslexia and other learning differences. Our monthly gatherings, the 3rd Sundays of each month, will incorporate learning, growing friendships, and turning to our Christian faith for guidance. Our next gathering will be January 19th  following 11:00 a.m. worship. We will meet for lunch all together and then break up into parent and kid groups. To register or ask questions, please email Katie Sundermeier.

"God calls us to care for his people. Whether you are experiencing grief, sadness, illness or loss or simply in need of prayer, our care ministry is here to assist you."

Support Respite Care

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta has partnered with other interfaith-congregations to create a safe weekday place for those with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. RespiteCare Atlanta provides vital interaction forclients, support and self-care time to caregivers, and is accepting participant applications now. We are excited about this wonderful new initiative and volunteers are needed, also! Want to learn more?  Visit our new website at

For more information, contact Dell Rearden at 404-310-0788.

We seek to bring Christ’s love to:

  • the homebound who are feeling disconnected from their church
  • those with illness or pain, in treatment or recovering, or with long-term troubles
  • those who are feeling depressed or alone
  • weary care-givers
  • any who are grieving loved-ones

How Can You Care for Others?

Prayer Shawls

Knit love and prayer into shawls that are given to our members.

Compassion Companions

Volunteer to keep in touch with a particular member on a monthly basis by checking in on them and building a relationship.


After church on Sundays, deliver arrangements that have been created from the Sunday sanctuary Memorial Flowers.

Care Connections

Make one time calls, visits, and other interactions with those in need.

Stephen Ministry

Minister one-on-one over a longer period of time by being trained as a Stephen Minister and matched up with a care-receiver.

Notes of Love

Drop a note of affirmation and love, and of prayer and support.

Memorial Ushers

Direct and welcome attendees on days of Memorials and Funerals.

Meals on Wheels

Deliver meals to those who cannot make them on their own.

How Can We Care for You?

With eight ordained pastors and a host of trained leadership staff, we hope to connect with you personally, establish relationships, and be alongside you in times of need. We want to be with you through visits in hospitals, at the church, and in your own home. Call or email us or let someone know who can contact us.

Christian to Christian, and friend to friend, we would like to connect you to a church member in Care who can check in on you in a regular way.

You may need a longer term care-giver who can talk with you weekly, and is trained in listening and building a trusting relationship between a care-giver and care-receiver.

When a loved one dies, there are a lot of logistics to work through in a time that is deep with emotion. You are loved in this congregation. We will walk alongside you in planning and delivering a service with compassion and care.

We have material that can help you begin to make choices for when your time of death comes. This will be a great gift to your family.

You may consider, with cremation, to be interred in our Memorial Garden and honored on the garden wall with a plaque.

Give God The Glory

We have a variety of groups for support of those facing challenges with life changes, death, illness, parenting and other personal issues. If you are interested in being part of a support group, please let us know.

Give God The Glory

Want to get in touch with us?

Contact our leaders in Care Ministries

Rev. Katie Sundermeier

Parish Visitor ksundermeier@firstpresatl | 404-228-7721

Mrs. Pam Parrish

Care Administrative Assistant | 404-228-7737