Stephen Ministry

Christ caring for people through people. Confidential, nonjudgmental, one-on-one Christian care.

What is Stephen Ministry?

We all experience challenges in life when we could benefit from the
support of a caring Christian friend who may have experienced similar difficulties. Examples of situations in which a person might seek a Stephen Minister include (but are certainly not limited to): 

Loss of a loved one.
A broken relationship, divorce, separation.
Employment crisis or unemployment.
Spiritual crisis.
Terminal or chronic illness.
Traumatic accident or event.
Relocating or facing life transitions.
Birth/adoption, miscarriage, or infertility.

Stephen Ministers are lay persons who listen, empathize, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. They provide focused, confidential, one-to-one Christian care and help you experience the healing power of Christ’s love in your life. 

Are you in need of a Stephen Minister?

Care Receivers are people—church members and others in our community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. Care Receivers 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:

1. The relationship between a Care Receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.

2. Men are matched with men; women with women.

3. Care by a Stephen Minister does not replace, but rather supplements, professional counseling. 

4. 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.

If you think you could benefit from a Stephen Minister, contact Rev. Linda Zastovnik.

Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?

Our Stephen Ministers receive around 50 hours of training, with a commissioning service at the conclusion of the training class. Continuing education continues afterwards, on a monthly basis.

Stephen Ministers are expected to commit to serve for at least 2 years. During this time, there may be some periods when a Stephen Minister is not assigned a Care Receiver.

Watch this 7-minute PBS video on Stephen Ministry.

Contact Rev. Linda Zastovnik.


Rev. Linda Zastovnik

Pastor for Faith Formation & Congregational Care