Our Special Needs Ministry’s mission is to minister with those in the special needs community by providing opportunities to experience God’s love.

Dream Big Dance 2018

May 5, 2018

A prom-like atmosphere in the Gathering Area for individuals with disabilities ages 16 and older.  This is a wonderful opportunity to witness the Special Needs Community having a night of their lives! Save the date for the next dance! Registration will open in 2018.

Dream Big Dance


Hand in Hand provides the families of children with special needs with a safe, fun and engaging weekly experience for their children, while allowing parents the opportunity to attend Sunday morning worship.


WHEN: SUNDAYS AT 9:00 & 10:30AM

Hand in Hand is a weekly program, for children kindergarten to 5th grade, where adult and student volunteers alongside special needs children and their families helping them to grow their relationship with Christ and connecting them in community. Parents are provided an opportunity to attend an adult worship service while their children participate in a safe, fun and engaging weekly experience.

Children check in at the Children’s Ministry desk before going to their classroom in S132. The first 20 minutes are dedicated to play on the playground or within the classroom. During the second 20 minute segment the children will either go to 3:16 Worship in our Children’s Ministry studios with the assistant of a Student Buddy, or remain in the classroom for an alternative worship session that is based on the individual needs of the child.
After worship, all children will return to the classroom to engage in a Bible lesson, activity, and enjoy a light snack. Parents will pick up their children in the classroom directly after the close of adult worship.
For new families, for your child’s ease of entering our program, please complete the registration form prior to your arrival, then bring your form and plan to arrive ten minutes early at the check in counter so that our volunteers can collect your information and help your child get settled in the classroom. For information, email our Director of Special Needs Ministry, Stephen Taylor.
Mount Pisgah UMC Preschool and Children’s Wellness Policy

In order to keep all children as healthy as possible, our policy requires that you do not bring your child(ren) if they have displayed any of the following within the last 24 hours:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny Nose (Cold or Allergy Related)
  • Cough
  • Runny Eyes or Pinkeye
  • Unexplained Rashes
  • Strep Throat

Thank you for your support in keeping the Preschool and Children’s ministry areas a healthy and clean environment!


Participants have physical challenges resulting from conditions such as Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy. Some have mild cognitive challenges in addition to their physical special needs. This program at this time is provided at no cost to each participant.



As young adults, the Titans collectively decide what types of events to include in the program, and several Titans fill key leadership roles in the program such as Communication Director and Event Director, providing them the opportunity to develop leadership skills. The program focuses on three primary areas.

  1. Athletics: Informal scrimmages are held 2 times a month, typically on Saturdays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek.
    • Participants do not have to own their own sports chairs – program chairs are provided to share.
    • No prior wheelchair sports experience is required – Titan peers who will mentor new players.
  2. Social Events: After most Saturday scrimmages, participants go out as a group to a local restaurant. Other events occur at least once per month. Past events have included game nights, outdoor movie nights, the Blue Angels air show, Christmas parties and events highlighting important events in our participants’ lives (graduations, birthdays, etc).
  3. Service Projects: The Titans are passionate about serving others. One service project is planned per quarter. Recently they participated in a 5K walk/roll, “Walk for Water” to fund water treatment systems for third world countries.

A key element of the program is to provide members of the Titans Family the opportunity to grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Inclusion is fundamental to our program – to be welcoming to all who are interested.

Adam Laarhoven – Communication Director 770-597-9766

Rich Thompson – Coordinator / Coach 678-777-3723

Matt Kehoe – Coach 404-680-7977

Stephen Taylor – Director of Special Needs

Stephen has been with Mount Pisgah since May 2015, where he began as a summer intern.  He will be graduating from Candler School of Theology in May 2017; he also has a BBA from Kennesaw State University.  Stephen’s passion for disability community is personal because of his own experience in dealing with a lifelong disability of being hearing impaired.

Stephen has two children, one dog, and two cats.  He loves Star Wars and baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves.

phone: 678-336-3223