Stephen Ministry



What Is A Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministry is caring ministry which enables people who are hurting to meet with a Stephen Minister who will listen without judging and will support without lecturing. Stephen Ministry equips a team of lay caregivers with training, resources and support to provide on-going care for people going through crisis. Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support for people struggling with divorce, severe illness, job loss, loneliness, disability, depression, relocation and other life difficulties.

Stephen Ministry is not a cure-all; the care-giving and receiving relationship that it fosters, however, can help you persevere in the midst of a struggle. Stephen Ministry relationships are strictly confidential: only the care-giver, care-recipient, and the Stephen Ministry coordinator know of the relationship’s existence.

Become a Stephen Minister

Stephen Ministry is currently recruiting new Stephen Ministers. Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to serve His Kingdom through this ministry. The videos below highlight the value that a Stephen Minister can have in a person's life.




Training classes for Stephen Ministry are held once a year beginning in January. Recruiting spotlight tables occur in October with interviews and information sessions in November and December. Please contact Sheryl Buckner, 757-342-1460, , for more information. 

What Happens When I Ask for Help?

When you ask for help from a Stephen Minister, a Stephen Leader will contact you to discuss what Stephen Ministry can be for you. If your needs can be best served by a Stephen Minister, you will be matched with someone who will support you through your trial. Confidentiality is a top priority for us, so you do not need to be concerned that others will discover what you and your Stephen minister discuss.


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