How do I make a request for pastoral care?

If you have a pastoral care concern, please contact Eliot Chapel at 314-821-0911 or Rev. Jim Crawford at jcrawford@eliotchapel.org. Voicemails left after church office hours will be returned as soon as possible.  



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The philosopher Epicurus said,

“It is never too early or too late to care for the well-being of your soul.”

If you are a member of Eliot Chapel who is going through a difficult time or wrestling with matters of the heart or spirit, our pastoral care program may be able to help.

What is pastoral care?

Pastoral care, which can be defined simply as “companioning another’s spirit,” offers a way to tend to the well-being of our innermost selves. Rather than provide solutions, Eliot’s ministry of pastoral care is here to walk with you during your time of need, listen deeply to your concerns and help you reconnect to your spirit and to a sense of wholeness. Pastoral care may include hospital and in-home visits, short-term counseling, telephone calls, sending cards, delivering a meal, or other activities as deemed appropriate by Eliot’s ministers. It consists of several caring teams, ministerial support, and a team of Pastoral Care Associates. Please click here for an expanded job description for the Pastoral Care Associates team.


Who provides pastoral care at Eliot?

Rev. Jim Crawford, Eliot’s minister of pastoral care,spiritual support. At the discretion of the ministers, either Rev. Crawford or one of Eliot’s pastoral care associates will be available to help you during your time of need. For longer-term pastoral counseling needs, we will make referrals to appropriate professional care providers. We are committed to fulfilling Eliot’s vision of creating a caring and compassionate faith community.



Note: Eliot Chapel provides the following information as a resource for its members, not as an endorsement of these organizations or its affiliates.

HelpGuide.org is a national nonprofit organization that, in collaboration with Harvard Health Publications and others, offers information and resources for a wide range of mental health well-being issues. www.helpguide.org

2-1-1 Missouri, a service project of The United Way, offers a fast, free and confidential way to obtain local social service information for a variety of needs, including basic human needs; physical and mental health resources; work initiatives; support for seniors and those with disabilities; and support for children, youth and families. www.211missouri.org. 

County Older Resident Programs. The County Older Resident Programs (CORP) provides services to Saint Louis County residents age 60 and over, such as transportation to medical appointments and other high priority destinations, home visits, telephone reassurance, home care and repair, and more. ww5.stlouisco.com/dhs/CORP.html. 

Kirk Care is a nonprofit organization formed by the Kirkwood Ministerial Alliance. Its mission is to help those in need who live within the boundary of the Kirkwood R-7 school district with food, utility bill and rent assistance, and other services. www.kirkcare.org

Kirkwood Senior Care and Assisted Living Guide is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet. www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/missouri/kirkwood