Pastoral Associates

If you wish to speak about problems you are facing, our Pastoral Associates are here for you.  The pastoral function of a church is the listening, support, compassion and comfort we provide for one another.  Our Pastoral Associates expand these services beyond the reach of clergy and lay leaders.   Pastoral Associates can respond to the following life crises and transitions as well as others:

  • Death of a Loved One
  • Surgery or Illness
  • Loss of Pregnancy
  • Divorce
  • Abuse Issues
  • Dealing with Elderly Parents
  • Change of or Loss of Job
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Referral Services
  • Adoption Issues

The Pastoral Associates consult with the minister, who is familiar with our member’s particular experiences, abilities and interests in certain types of life issues. If you are not sure who might be best suited for you to speak with, please feel free to ask the minister for a recommendation.



Pastoral Associates

Liz Lowe

Liz Lowe, pastoral associate

Liz Lowe is a fortunate person because she has grown up in this church since her family moved to Muncie in 1973. Liz has been a registered nurse since 1993, and, as such, has experience dealing with illness, surgery, end of life needs/issues, death, and extended care placement.

Contact: (765) 282-5970 or

Phil Gift

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Phil Gift is a registered nurse who is employed by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs as a patient care manager at the Muncie Community Based Outpatient Clinic. He has extensive experience with both physical and mental illness. He lives in Gaston with his wife Gayla (who is a psychiatric RN), his stepdaughter Jesika, her husband Kyle, and his two granddaughters, Taylor and Zoe.

Contact: (765) 722-0814 or