Care Ministry

Care Ministry

Our Mission to create a safe and confidential environment at Capital Baptist Church that is free of judgment; where people who have experienced trauma can find the support and resources they need to move beyond their circumstances.  We will incorporate a trauma-informed approach, always with a focus on our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the source of our strength and hope. – Heather Halverson, Care Ministry Leader

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

What is Trauma-Informed Care at CBC?

The primary meaning of the word Trauma (from the Greek) is “wound”. Many of us have been wounded by verbal, physical, sexual, and other kinds of abuse, neglect, death & loss of loved ones, accidents, injury & illness, divorce, war, natural disaster, or a myriad of other experiences.

Traumatic experiences and the wounds they have left upon our lives may have caused symptoms like flashbacks, unpredictable emotions, strained relationships; even physical symptoms like headaches, panic attacks, and nausea.

For some of us, our trauma represents spiritual or religious violations that negatively impacted our relationship with God.

As trauma survivors, we try to make sense of our painful experiences, incorporating the meaning into our current worldview in ways that might be helpful, but could also turn out to be harmful. Our goal as a faith-based, trauma-informed care ministry is to help others find understanding, forgiveness, and peace, as it has been promised to us in the Bible.

Our Guiding Principles

As it has been adapted from the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fit within the context of church ministry, the concept of a trauma-informed approach would mean that “a program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed”:

  • Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and provides practical ministry interventions as well as support for ongoing mental health interventions.
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in the children, youth, men, and women it ministers to, as well as the effects that living with a traumatized individual has on all relationships – marriage, family, work, and social.
  • Responds to the needs within its worshipping community and the needs of its neighbors by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into church and ministry policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization that can occur when appropriate recognition and intervention is not wed with compassion and a commitment to stabilizing relationships and supportive structures that de-stigmatize mental health issues.

How Can I Get Help?

Do you, or someone you know, need to speak to a trusted member of our Care Ministry for biblical counsel, or emotional support?

Do you need help finding professional mental health or other services?

Do you need a friend to help you navigate access to resources or other support?

For immediate assistance,
please contact:
Steve Reynolds
Senior Pastor, CBC
Call or Text: 703-568-7484

Heather Halverson,
Care Ministry Leader
(Women and Children’s Issues)
Call or Text: 571-249-8136

John McKinley,
Care Ministry Leader
(Men’s Issues)
Call or Text: 202-510-4855

Additional Resources
For life-threatening emergencies, always
call or text: 911
For non-emergency police support:
Call: 703-691-2131
For basic needs/emergency services in

Fairfax County:
Call: 211

Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Call: 800-273-8255
Online chat support is available.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Call: 800-The-Lost (800-843-5678)

National Human Trafficking Hotline
Call: 888-373-7888
Text: “Help” to 233733 (BeFree)

For Families Dealing with Homelessness:
Call: 703-237-2035

Human Services Resource Guide (a searchable database)

For county and community-based services, contact Coordinated Services Planning:

Christian Counseling Services:
Candace Wheeler, LGPC, NCC
Falls Church, VA – (202) 213-6025 or email:

For Families Dealing with Homelessness: