Stephen Ministry Illustrator

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in our congregation using the Stephen Series system. You can find more detailed information at

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

How Stephen Ministry Works

The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.

Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders


Stephen Ministers—Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders. Learn more about Stephen Ministers.

Our Stephen Leaders are:

  • George “Bo” Sullivan-Davis
  • Diane Spleth (referral coordinator)
  • Sandy Nagy
  • Rod Usher
  • Deb Usher
  • Janet Cooper.


Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Our Stephen Ministers are:

  • Brian Quick
  • Pam Rahn
  • Rhonda Hopewell
  • Linda Belding
  • Paula Meadors
  • Kathy Burrows
  • Katie McFarland
  • Karen Perry
  • Toni Medlin
  • Gary Hume
  • Sue Shadburne Call
  • Janette Smith


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Care Receivers


Care Receivers—People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers. Watch videos with stories from care receivers.

Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
  • Men are matched with men; women with women.
  • When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.

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