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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.

How to Request a Stephen Minister

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

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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:

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

Current Stephen Ministers

Carol Mondschein


Christin Sosa-Gaston 


Gayle Gordon


Julie Taylor


Karalee Kludzuweit


Kathy Kent


Linda McGurer


Lucy Sutter


Mary Maddrey


Rob Gray


Vic Sowers


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