Stephen Ministry

STEPHEN MINISTRY at Chapel in the Pines

“Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6: 2

What is Stephen Ministry?
In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to those in need of care. These may include people who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, facing a crisis, or just experiencing difficult times.

Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.

Who may need a Stephen Minister?
People who are dealing with:

  • Family frustrations and challenges
  • Loneliness
  • Illness
  • Family members who are ill
  • Separation or divorce
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Being home-bound
  • A new baby
  • Death and dying
  • Low self-esteem or feeling down
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial setbacks
  • Loss of faith or hope
  • Aging
  • Changes in their lives
  • And other concerns

Consider Stephen Ministry even if it’s a little problem. A problem isn’t little if it’s yours.


A Stephen Minister is:

  • a trained lay volunteer
  • a good listener
  • trained in confidentiality
  • supervised for quality care
  • ready to offer God’s love through a Christian caring relationship on a one-to-one basis.
  • a Stephen Minister is someone who will encourage and pray with someone in need of care.
  • a Stephen Minister walks beside a hurting person.
  • Stephen Ministers are there to care!

Interested in learning more about receiving the care of a Stephen Minister?

If you would like to receive the support of a Stephen Minister or if you know someone who could benefit from this program, please contact a Stephen Leader. Click here to connect to one of them.

Interested in learning more about being a Stephen Minister?

Begin by talking to one of our active Stephen Leaders and they can tell you more:

Sue Ellen Holleman
Susan Mantz

Mary Donna Pond*
Becky Sommer-Peterson

Melissa Staples
Beth Vazquez

Lee Werley

*indicates active Stephen Leader

Click here for Stephen Ministry FAQ (frequently asked questions).

Stephen Ministry Featured on PBS

The PBS “Religion and Ethics” news show aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry in April 2010 that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations.

View the Stephen Ministry feature on the PBS Web site, where you’ll also find several bonus features–including a nine-minute interview with Stephen Ministries’ founder and executive director, Kenneth C. Haugk.