Brook Hills welcomes all children and students — including those who need unique care and attention — to learn about Jesus and enjoy being a part of our faith family.

Parents

If your child (birth-high school) has a special need that requires extra care, please tell us more. We want to customize a care plan for them that ensures they are safe and able to learn about Jesus, whatever their need. We put together a Parent Helps Resource  to answer a few frequently asked questions. Please complete the form below, and our Special Needs Coordinator will be in touch with you to discuss next steps for your child.

Child Intake Form


Serve With Us

If you'd like to consider serving children and students with special needs, we'd love to talk with you about being a Buddy. Buddies are adults who give dedicated care and attention to children and students needing a special friend while at church.

Volunteer to be a Buddy

What does it look like to serve as a Buddy?

“As a former high school teacher and foster parent specializing in at-risk teens, I hesitated when Dawn asked me to be a Buddy for a sixteen-month-old baby. But the Lord prompted me to serve this family. Since then, God has used Gabe to teach me so much. Watching him grow and rejoicing with his family at his progress has filled a place in my heart that I didn't even know was empty.”   — Christina Manuwai

Serve Regularly – Most often, this opportunity is for those who are able to serve on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. Buddies may begin serving at any point during the year and serve during one of the Sunday morning gatherings or Wednesday evening activities.

Serve Periodically – We also have opportunities to serve special needs children, students, families, and buddies on a periodic or occasional basis during special events and activities. These could include, for example: Faith Family Gatherings, Prayer Gatherings, student camps or conferences, short-term Life Courses (i.e. Griefshare), Membership Classes, or other family events.

Serve Opportunities

Opportunity Serve Area Day
Special Needs "The Quiet Place" host
Local Disciple-Making
Sunday, Wednesday
Special Needs Buddy (Sunday 11am)
Local Disciple-Making
Sunday
Special Needs Buddy (Sunday 9am)
Local Disciple-Making
Sunday
Special Needs Buddy (Wednesday Night)
Local Disciple-Making
Wednesday

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our Special Needs Coordinator, Dawn Stephens.

Staff

Dawn Stephens

Dawn Stephens

Women's Minister & Special Needs Coordinator
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	<strong>Ministry Role & Responsibility: </strong>My role as Women's Minister at Brook Hills is to equip the women of our church to become global impacting disciples of Christ and disciple making leaders. I focus on equipping and training women's small group leaders and design clear paths for unconnected women to connect to these small group communities.
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	<strong>About Me: </strong>I grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Samford University with a degree in Business Administration. I met my husband, Greg, a year after graduation. We married in 1991 and have one son, Tyler. I enjoy traveling, scrapbooking and reading!   
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	<strong>On Staff Since: </strong>July 1998
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	<strong>Member Of Brook Hills Since: </strong>October 1996
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		"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." – Phillippians 4:13  
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	<strong>Interesting Fact:</strong> I was a majorette in high school!
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