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“Stephen Ministry provides a one to one distinctively Christian confidential ministry that opens lives to God’s love and healing.”

 Who could benefit from time with a Stephen Minister?

People who would benefit from a Stephen Minister might include those who are hospitalized, terminally ill, bereaved, experiencing a job crisis or divorce, dealing with chronic illness, adjusting to change, or going through a time of questioning. A church member and Stephen Minister are paired by the same gender. Names and details are kept within the privacy of the relationship. The length of the relationship is variable, based on the pair’s mutual decision.


How does a person ask for a Stephen Minister?

Contact the Stephen Ministry Referral Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Lisa McIlvenna .
You may contact other Stephen Leader Team members:

  • Kendall DeVuyst – 989.631.9577
  • Terry Townley – 989.835.7564
  • Jo Winchester – 989.631.0122

to request a Stephen Minister who will meet confidentially with you once weekly.


How can I become a Stephen Minister?

Fifty hours of training, monthly continuing education and peer supervision equips a lay person to listen, support and pray with and for a church member experiencing a period of difficulty in his or her life.