Pastoral Care

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil" Psalm 23:4


The Village benevolence ministry exists to help those in need to understand God’s principles by supplying emotional, spiritual, and physical aid to our church family and within our community. We distribute donated funds and donated items to help those that God sends to us for assistance.


The visitation program allows Village to minister to those in homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, and jail. Anyone needing encouragement, comfort or a sense of belonging will benefit from the Visitation Ministry as they are reminded individuals that they are not forgotten by their church family.

Divorce Care (start date TBD)

At Divorce Care, you will find a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone; come find help and healing.

GriefShare (start date TBD)

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Widow Care

The Bible is replete with commands to take care of widows, especially widows within the church. In Acts 6, certain widows were being neglected in the church, so deacons were elected to fix the problem. The deacons at Village have developed a system of meeting the needs of widows. Each widows is assigned to a deacon, who is responsible for helping the widow in any way. If you are a widow, or know a widow in need, please contact the church office.


Donna Simmons, MS is a native of Northwest FL and has lived in the area of South Walton for 10 years. She obtained her BA in Psychology from Ashford University and her MS in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University. In her practice, Donna seeks to provide a relaxed, supportive environment that encourages self-exploration and personal and spiritual growth. She believes a vital aspect of health and contentment is seeking a relationship with God and His will in one’s life. A Christian for most of her life, Donna continues to seek the wisdom and guidance of the Lord in all aspects of life, including her profession as a counselor.

As a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern she has helped many through divorce recovery, premarital and marriage counseling, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders Bipolar disorder and various personal and relational issues. Some of Donna’s post-graduate training includes: Divorce Recovery; PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital and Marriage Enrichment Counseling; Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level I; Sexual Addiction; Attachments; PAIRS Relationship Skills Training; Assertiveness Training; Interpersonal Neurobiology; & Professional Life Coaching. She is currently a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Association of Christian Counselors and International Christian Coaching Association.

Donna has offices at both Village Baptist Church and South Walton Medical Group. She also accepts many insurance plans. Please call 850-366-3629 for appointment times and scheduling. (Some evening appointments available.)

Eric H. Lamb, LCSW, ACSW, DAPA, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 26 years of experience, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Eric brings a compassionate and honest counseling approach to his meetings with clients. Difficult life issues are processed with the utmost care and concern. Eric’s specialties include working with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bi-polar conditions, high functioning autism, learning difficulties, early childhood assessments, as well as helping parents with parenting issues.

Eric is a committed Christian, having accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior 37 years ago. He has been married to his wife, Sandra Lamb, for over 30 years, and both share a love for working with and helping children. Eric is also extremely proud to be associated with a church, such as Village Baptist, which shares a heart for reaching out to the community, regardless of where they are at on their spiritual journey. If you are interested in finding out more about Eric’s services, and if they might be right for you, please contact him directly at 847-404-4855.