Dunwoody UMC offers a wide variety of support groups and counseling to provide assistance during difficult seasons of life. Whether you need to talk privately with a highly-skilled counselor or you are looking for a group of people experiencing the same life issue, you will find support and care. If you have a need not listed here, contact Rev. Kathy Brockman at kathy.brockman@dunwoodyumc.org.

The Summit Counseling Center at DUMC

We partner with Summit Counseling to provide professional and confidential services to our members and the community. Summit addresses mental health issues with an evidence-based approach of combining professional, licensed counseling with the client’s faith. Services are available for every age and stage of life, from preschoolers to aging seniors. You may see a counselor at the Dunwoody office on Nadina Lane, just behind the church, or at another Summit Counseling location. Call Summit Counseling at 678-893-5300, or visit summitcounseling.org

Prayer Ministry

The Prayer Ministry is a group of volunteers that use intercessory prayer, meaning they pray for others including our ministries, pastors, members in need, those on mission trips, people in need around the world and those who have specifically asked for prayer. It includes a 24-hour Prayer Line at 770-671-8239 and a Prayer Room just inside the entrance to the church offices. Call the Prayer Line at 770-671-8239 or email prayer@dunwoodyumc.org.

Stephen Ministry

The motto of Stephen Ministry is "Christ Caring for People through People." The Stephen Minister’s role is to bring God’s love into the lives of people who are going through a difficult time or experiencing a crisis. As trained and supervised lay persons, Stephen Ministers participate in 50 hours of training in Christian care-giving. In addition to general topics, the training also covers specialized areas such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved and aging. Above all, Stephen Ministers listen, care, support, encourage and pray with and for a person who is hurting. In the midst of this confidential, one-to-one, caring relationship, God’s healing love comes pouring through. To learn more about the Stephen Ministry, please call Pat DeBolt at 404-931-5443.

Support Groups


Dunwoody UMC offers several life-specific support groups that meet regularly to help members and the community deal with difficult issues such as memory loss, divorce or death.

If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's or any of the other dementias, such as vascular or Parkinson's dementia, there is a confidential caring support group. We meet the second Thursday of the month, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in DUMC Wesley Room. Contact JoAnn Akers at akersjoann@gmail.com or 678-352-8334.

The Early Stage Support Group is a safe and supportive environment of peers who are living in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. We meet on the second Thursday of the month, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in DUMC Room 243/244. The program is designed to provide education, support and connection. This is a volunteer led, monthly support group for persons with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Pre-registration and screening for the program is program is provided through The Alzheimer’s Association. For more information or to register for our next session, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.