Pastoral Care

We love because God first loved us...

... so says First John. God's love does indeed overwhelm and transform us.
And that transformation finds its way out of our lives in the ways we reach out to others.

Explore the WMPC Care pages to learn about ways members of this community care for each other.
This page offers information about care offered by WMPC pastors and our Samaritan Counseling Center partners.

World Mental Health Day – A perspective from Lisa Hebacker
It’s interesting, how dates are designated for particular purposes. Part of my work is in trying to keep up with dates that are important to our church members. You know, anniversaries and such - dates that mark the highs and lows of life. Grievers, for example, grieve every day, but perhaps they grieve in a different key on the anniversary of a death. As a church, we try to remember those important dates and try to mark them in some way, even if only through prayers of which no one is even aware.

Along with calendars of some of your life events, I have a calendar of awareness months and days. October 10 is an interesting day for remembrance. That day will be World Mental Health Day, National Bipolar Awareness Day and National Depression Screening Day. Busy day! Lots to remember. I’d invite you to mark that awareness day by watching the video you’ll find at As you watch, remember people in your life who are or have been companioned by the Black Dog. And, if watching helps you recognize the Black Dog in your own life, let us help you find help. Concerns
All of the WMPC pastors offer direct pastoral care for members and friends of the church. Call a pastor directly or contact Rebecca Turner or Elizabeth Bailey for help in identifying the pastor with whom you might best connect. Further, Rebecca coordinates pastoral care surrounding births, deaths and marriages. Please be in touch if you know of such events in the lives of our members; Rebecca is also a huge help when you are managing the details of a baptism, wedding or service of witness to the resurrection.

Hospital Visitation
WMPC pastors visit hospitalized members most every day of the week. But we can only visit if we know you are in the hospital! Contact Susan Roberts to let us know where and when you are in the hospital and we will be sure to make a visit. That the congregation might be aware of your need for care, please know that it is our practice to list hospitalizations at the reception desk and in our weekly newsletter; tell us if you would prefer to keep your hospitalization confidential. Details of your hospitalization are, of course, kept in confidence by our church staff.

Pastor on Call
A WMPC pastor is always on call, so one of us is always available to our membership for pastoral emergencies. If a life event creates a need for pastoral care outside of regular office hours, please call the on-call pastor at 919-605-4593. A pastor will respond as soon as possible.

Pastoral Counseling Center
Starting June 2012, Robert Cooke is our on-site pastoral counselor. He is an experienced therapist with Triangle Pastoral Counseling, and he welcomes new clients regardless of affiliation with White Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Robert Cooke will see clients in the counseling office on Mondays and Fridays, by appointment. Contact Robert via email or at 919-845-9977 ext. 202.

If you have general questions about pastoral counseling, or would like to speak with a pastor first, contact Nolan Huizenga (staff).