What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are lay people – Christian men and women – trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation or separation due to military deployment.

A Stephen Minister begins a caring relationship when he or she is matched with a person experiencing a life crisis. The Stephen Minister then meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care.

Stephen Ministers are often described as the “after people.” Click here to learn more.

Requesting a Stephen Minister

If you would like to request a Stephen Minister or learn more about the program at St. James, please contact Stephen Leader Sue Hill at 334-1273 or Pastor Mike at 334-2012 ext. 205.

Click the image below to watch a testimonial about the Stephen Ministry program on You Tube:

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Training to Become a Stephen Minister

Click here to read Blessings of Serving: testimonials from Stephen Ministers who experience God’s grace by ministering to others.

St. James works in conjunction with Lutheran Social Services and other local congregations to offer periodic training to become a Stephen Minister. Please contact Stephen Leader Sue Hill at 334-1273 or Pastor Mike at 334-2012 ext. 205 if you are interested in future training!