Stephen Ministry can be found in congregations from more than 160 Christian denominations, across the U.S. and Canada and in 29 other countries. First Church is blessed to call ourselves a “Stephen Ministry congregation.” Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips laypeople to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives – experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry.  The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.

Stephen Ministry training is typically scheduled for the winter/spring of the year and encompasses 50 hours together where each person learns skills to equip themselves for providing one-to- one care.  The group also learns about themselves, explores life situations, and supports each other.

2016 Stephen Ministers:

  • Margaret Barber
  • Larry Bunch
  • Pete Franks
  • Don Harris
  • Ariel Husband
  • Duane Kovach
  • Tim Larsen
  • Jackie Linzy
  • Lori Martinez
  • Vaden Spurlock
  • Michael Stephens
  • Jenna Sullivan
  • Margaret Tremwel
  • Amanda Worthy
  • Martha Zumbro

If you could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister or are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Rev. Judy Van Hoose [email protected].