Stephen Minsitry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry at First Presbyterian is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another. This ministry provides a caring, non-judgmental and confidential one-to-one relationship between a trained volunteer and a person experiencing a difficult time or transition in his or her life.

Who might need a Stephen Minister?

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 needed when we are faced with a crisis, transition or difficulty such as...

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

  • Has received 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts
  • Participates in regular continuing education and supervision under the guidance of Stephen Leaders, without disclosing your name or details of your situation
  • Meets with you weekly, listens to your concerns, helps you work through difficulties and prays with and for you.
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    How to Request a Stephen Minister

    To confidentially request a Stephen Minister, call a Stephen Leader:

  • Karalee Kludzuweit (803.335.8632)
  • Linda McGurer (803.648.0856)
  • Rev. Holly Shoaf-O'Kula (803.648.2662)
  • Julie Taylor (803.979.9919)

    How to Become a Stephen Minister

    Contact one of the Stephen Leaders listed below who will be glad to discuss the application process with you:

  • Karalee Kludzuweit (803.335.8632)
  • Linda McGurer (803.648.0856)
  • Rev. Holly Shoaf-O'Kula (803.648.2662)
  • Julie Taylor (803.979.9919)

    If You Know Someone Who Would Benefit from a Stephen Minister

  • Encourage him or her to call one of the persons listed above
  • Always ask his or her permission to contact a Pastor or Stephen Leader on his or her behalf
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    Current Stephen Ministers

  • Kathy Brown
  • Nita Busbee
  • Kathy Cook
  • Gayle Gordon
  • Carol Hidlay
  • Kathy Kent
  • Mary Maddrey