Caring and Prayer

Congregational Care

Our desire is to be a community in which people feel welcome, enjoy friendship, and are encouraged in relationship with Christ. The Caring Ministries team is passionate about making Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church a place where you can get to know others and connect with people and ministries.

While much of this happens in simple conversations over a cup of coffee or tea, we have deacons who want to be in touch with members, caregivers who keep up with their small groups or ministries, Stephen Ministers who are trained to listen and care, and a Pastoral Care Team to extend care in special circumstances. We have small groups that study Scripture or share a passion for an activity or fellowship. And we have fun traditions such as the All-Church Picnic and All-Church Retreat that are great ways to meet friends new and old. All to make God’s love visible in our midst.

Caring Ministries aims to make our church community feel just a bit smaller so you can feel at home. So whether you’ve been coming since the church was founded or just found your way here . . . welcome home!

​​​​​​​Pleae contact Jean Ranck with prayer requests or celebrations. Email her at or call her at the church office at 408-739-1892.


Deacons serve as the hands and feet of Christ in our community as they nurture members of the congregation. Parish Deacons care for and serve as a point of contact with the church for new members, Young Adults and Parish Contact (letter writing, email, text or phone calls.) Home Deacons regularly stay in contact with home-bound members of the church community. 

Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care Team is made up of lay people who are gifted and trained to visit folks in the hospital or care facilities, make phone calls to those recovering or just to check in, and write notes and cards. They have been specially called and commissioned to provide this care. They extend the love of Christ and the love of this church in times of need and celebration.


The members of the PCT are Diana Aldrich, Teri Archer, Judy Beggs, Dave Chapman, Wilna Derr, Barbara Humphreys, Gail McCaffrey, Jim and Lynn Peterson, and Joanne Papoulias. At church and elsewhere, they'll be wearing special name tags.

Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a Christian lay ministry that provides one-on-one, confidential caregiving to members of our congregation and community, and is supported and encouraged by our church pastors. This ministry extends the amount of care our church can give by having a team of trained and skilled caregivers who will listen and walk with a care receiver on his or her personal journey through grief, crisis or other stresses in life.

Who are Stephen Ministers?
They are men and women in our church who have undergone at least 50 hours of training in order to provide the kind of care that a care receiver needs from them - a listening ear and an open heart. In addition, supervision by a group of their peers provides Stephen Ministers with support, guidance and on-going training to ensure the best care for their care receivers.

How Does Stephen Ministry Work?

When someone requests a Stephen Minister, our Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator will speak with that person, explain what Stephen Ministry is, and help determine whether Stephen Ministry is the kind of care that person needs. Our Referrals Coordinator then matches that person with one of our available Stephen Ministers. The Stephen Minister will call that person and begin meeting with him or her for about an hour each week as long as the need is there.  Everything a care receiver says to his or her Stephen Minister is kept confidential.  The Stephen Minister doesn’t try to solve problems; rather, he or she listens, cares, prays, and helps the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.

How Do I Get More Information?
For information about being paired in a confidential relationship with a Stephen Minister or becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the Referrals Coordinator.

Allan Graham | Stephen Leader Referrals Coordinator
Email |
Phone | 303-818-6887

Read more about how Stephen Ministry touches lives


Prayer Team

The Prayer Team lifts up requests received via email, through Sunday prayer requests and phone calls. These individuals agree to pray for others’ immediate (or ongoing) needs or situations when called upon to do so. All members of the Prayer Team understand and hold a commitment to confidentiality.


Prayer requests for the Prayer Team may be sent to Please indicate if you would also like your request to be shared in the Friday newsletter or during worship service on Sunday.

Intercessory Prayer

The intercessory prayer team includes the people at the prayer stations on the 4th Sunday of the month. Praying for the requests on the blue prayer cards is another part of our ministry. We also pray for particular needs of the church.

At times, people desire longer times of prayer for their particular situation. Those folks can meet with two or three members of the intercessory prayer team to receive specific, particular prayers for their needs. These are often times where the Spirit of God brings great comfort, healing, and peace.

If you would like to receive prayer, come to a prayer station following any worship service on the fourth Sunday of the month, or contact Beth Treitel.

If you would like to participate in this remarkable ministry of interceding for others, contact Beth Treitel. We would welcome all who want to join the excitement of partnering with God in this way. Contact Beth Treitel at (650) 961-2723 or email her at