Supporting Churches

East Liberty Family Health Care Center would like to introduce...

James Riggins, Chaplain for Church Relations!
(Formerly referred to as the "Church Link" Program)

In 2006, the Center's Board of Directors, staff, patients and donors came together to prayerfully adopt a Strategic Plan to guide the Center through 2011. The plan that was adopted has four main points, each of which will be the focus of the next four years: Nimble Structure (2007-08), Neighborhood Partner (2008-09), New Space (2009-10), and National Model (2010-11). The new "Church Relations" Program is the centerpiece of the Neighborhood Partner portion of the plan. Our goal was to raise funds for this program and launch it in 2008.

Since then, we have created and filled a position within the Center called "Chaplain for Church Relations." The Chaplain for Church Relations (CCR), James Riggins, is a licensed minister with exposure to a wide diversity of churches throughout the East End of Pittsburgh and beyond. His mission is to form relationships that build bridges between our un-churched patients and local churches.

The CCR is available to patients (referred by our practitioners) who are not connected with a local church and need the many kinds of spiritual, social, economic, and community helps that only community churches can provide. He arranges contacts, individually and in groups for our patients to discover local churches that are right for them. Health fairs, screenings, revivals, exercise classes, youth programs, mens' and womens' groups are all tools that can be used to connect our patients with local churches. James is also dedicated to meeting local Pastors and getting to know their needs, as well as the whole-person healthcare needs of their parishioners.


Go to for contact information and to find out how your church can support this program.