Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.


We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:



  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry:  the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

A Stephen Minister is:

  • a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • a congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need

If you find yourself in need of receiving care from a Stephen Minister, please contact Charles Tillapaugh.