Pastoral Care Lay Ministries support the well-being of all church members and supplement – not replace - the activities of clergy, so that clergy can attend to more immediate personal and spiritual needs of members. Volunteers are needed for three developing pastoral care lay ministries: Eucharistic Ministry; Friendly Visitors; and Prayer Chain. If you are interested in learning more about these activities and the trainings that are involved, please contact Michele Layman or Deacon Mary Raysa.





This ministry reaches out in many ways. Notes of welcome are sent to all new family/individual members of the parish, sympathy cards sent to members as needed, get well, new baby, thinking of you, etc.

The office alerts the card sender to the need and the cards are purchased and mailed by the sender.  A list of recipients  are kept with the date and purpose of the card.

The goal of this ministry is to keep connected to and express support for our members.  The card is signed “Your St. Luke’s family.”





A Eucharistic Visitor’s primary role is sacramental in nature. You become an extension of the entire Body of Christ as you take the consecrated elements from either a Sunday worship service or the Wednesday healing service to the homebound, infirmed, and those unable to attend regular worship services at St. Lukes.

The Eucharistic Visitor leaves directly from the service symbolizing a sign of the whole community’s care for those unable to come to church, offers a sacramental connection, and nurtures a continued relationship with the faithful.

Eucharistic Visitors is also a ministry of presence, healing, and hope. God is using you to share His love and offer a foretaste of the Heavenly Banquet.

Visitations are once a month and generally thirty to forty five minutes in length.

The Diocese does require Safe Church Training certification. There is also some local training involved by the clergy.




The Friendly Visitor program strives to help parishioners maintain social interaction with our faith community, to let them know they are remembered and help relieve loneliness and feelings of isolation.

Visitors will visit a maximum of twice a month and a minimum of once a month. Visits might include such activities as reading to a person, writing letters, playing cards or other games, sharing news of St Luke’s or sharing a cup of tea.

No prior experience is needed as training is required and will be provided with ongoing support to volunteers.

The Lay Leader’s responsibilities are to recruit, screen, train and support volunteer visitors. The Lay Leaders will also receive referrals on individuals in need and make an initial visit to determine needs and match with a potential volunteer visitor.

Ministry Lay Leaders:
 Michele Layman
 and Wayne Piper




The Health and Wellness Ministry plans and provides St. Luke’s parishioners and the wider community health care-related information and programs. The ministry emphasizes integrated health in all areas of our lives, and shares health-related topics in direct response to parishioners’ requests and desires.

This is accomplished in the form of a biennial Health Fair, talks at Grounds for Discussion, speakers,family activities, handouts and bulletin messages, etc.

The group meets monthly, and all are welcome. 

Ministry Lay Leader:
 Shelly Morehead




We, at St. Luke’s, believe in the healing power of prayer. Praying for our own needs and those of others deepens the relationship with God and the entire Body of Christ.

There are two established prayer ministry opportunities for those feeling called to serve in this ministry.


A group of several parishioners who pray every week for the entire congregation on five consecutive days of each week.  The week is divided into five groups of parishioners from lists sent to the group leader by Dagny Gelormo at the office every Monday.  It is then emailed to the group members. As new parishioners join the church, they are added to the lists and a new list for that day is sent to the leader and then to the members of the group. The group also prays for the list that is located at the back of the church for people that are in special need.


A group of parishioners who pray for special and emergent needs as they come up;  i.e., a sudden surgery, an accident, etc.  The group members are informed by the leader who has been requested either by the person needing the prayers or Deacon Mary Raysa.  This is not a long lasting prayer list but only for a day or two as the need and request arises.  If further prayers are wanted, they can be requested to be added to the prayer list in the back of the church.

If you would like to join this lay ministry and/or have someone you would like to add to the list of those prayed for by the Prayer Group or Prayer Chain, please contact the leader below.

Ministry’s Lay Leader: Emojean Kyle





Have we missed something?
Often, ministries within congregations begin by a parishioner having a passion to serve in a particular area. If you are feeling called to a ministry not currently offered, please talk with Deacon Mary Raysa.

Whom do we serve?
The primary goal of St. Luke’s lay pastoral care ministry is to meet the ongoing needs of our parishioners.

Who can serve as a Lay Pastoral Care Minister?
All baptized Christians are called by Christ to serve others in need both within the congregation and within the greater community.

How do I know I am qualified to serve as a Lay Pastoral Care Minister?
Caring for others requires a compassionate heart and a ministry of presence. If you are feeling a passion or call for any of these lay ministries we suggest that you talk to Deacon Mary Raysa, or the leader of the specific lay ministry.

Does it take any additional training to participate in a Lay Pastoral Care Ministry?
There are a few lay ministries that do require some training as required by the Diocese of Southern Ohio and by the nature of the ministry itself. For example, both Eucharistic Visitors and participants in the Friendly Visitors will receive additional training. Such training will help develop and broaden the relationships with those you serve as well as deepen your own spiritual faith. It is best to refer to the individual ministry description to identify any additional training that might be required.

I have a family member or know of a parishioner who is in need of care and support. Whom do I contact?
We recommend you contact any one of the people below.

Church Office, 740-587-0167,

The Reverend Deacon Mary Raysa, 614-537-3972,



Community Resources

While the purpose of this manual is to describe Lay Pastoral Care Ministries within our parish, we are fortunate that the Licking County community offers a number of both complementary and private services that are helpful in assisting those who have specific needs.