Pastoral Care

Stephen Ministers

Everyone goes through difficult seasons. Having someone to care, listen, and share God’s love can help you through any confusion, stress and loneliness you may be feeling. Stephen Ministers are part of the Pastoral Care Team at Riverbend. Stephen Ministers assist Riverbend's Pastoral Care Ministers and their blue name badges identify them.


  • They are servants, listeners, and supportive resource persons.
  • They listen, pray, share Christ's love, and attend to the care-giving process.
  • They are trained to care for individuals who are: grieving, in need of long-term care, dying, hospitalized, divorcing, experiencing losses as they age, or most other crises.
  • They maintain confidentiality, but are not licensed counselors.
  • They serve communion every Sunday in the Upper Room from 10:30–11:30AM. 

For more information


Pastor: Paulette Schwartz
Coordinator: Linda Smith
Phone: 512 327-3540


Stephen Ministers are volunteers who have completed 50 hours of training and are asked to commit to at least two years for training, service and regular supervision. 

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Riverbend provides a unique place for loved ones to be remembered and/or memorialized. Whether it's a memorial service in our Smith Family Chapel or an intimate gathering in Remembrance Gardens, we are there to help you through this difficult time in your life. Remembrance Gardens offers a variety of ways to honor loved ones. You may  select a place for the ashes of a loved one, devote space to memorialize a life, or simply come to reflect on life's passages.

Contact Paulette for more info, or to reserve the Chapel or Fellowship Hall >
Contact Keary for more info about the Remembrance Gardens >



A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, in the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend Church, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, Texas. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at

Christine Weihl, age 65, died at home in Austin on Monday, July 4th, 2016 after fighting a valiant 18-month battle against brain cancer.

She was born March 9, 1951 in Canton, Ohio to Fred and Jean Corkran. She was raised, along with her brothers and sisters, in San Antonio and Houston, Texas. She married Jeffrey L. Weihl on December 25, 1980 in Marietta, Ohio. She and Jeff lived in Marietta, Katy & Houston, Texas before moving to Austin. Chris was office manager for Stuart Custom Homes and spent the last 14 years serving as Executive Assistant to the senior pastor at Riverbend Church.
Chris was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Fred and Mike. Chris is survived by her husband, Jeff, and children Keith Bishop (Lindsey & Ellie) and Lisa McCarthy (Jason & Ethan). She is also survived by Jeff’s children Thomas Weihl (Jill, Jeff, Adam & Andy), Dr. Jason Todd Weihl (Melissa, John, Jason, Alaina, & Landon) and Shannon Weihl Pottmeyer (Rod, Taylor, Olivia & Brooke). Chris also leaves behind sisters Michell Perez, Becky Fedak, Claudie Saling , and brother Frank Corkran.

Chris was an active member of the Riverbend Choir, Stephen Ministry and Emmaus. She loved God, her family, friends and George Strait.