Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a ministry of several local congregations in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-on-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges, difficulties, or stressful times. This confidential care is provided without cost to adult members of the congregations or community. Care receivers are matched with a Stephen Minister of the same gender.

What is a Stephen Minister?
A Christian man or woman who...
  • Has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.
  • Is supervised by Stephen Leaders and participates in on-going training.
  • Will meet with a care receiver for an hour each week for as long as the care receiver will benefit from the relationship.
  • Will listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with care receivers.
  • Will maintain strict confidentiality of all situations and conversations with care receivers.
  • Follows Scriptural instruction to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
A Stephen Minister is NOT...
  • A counselor
  • A therapist
  • A problem solver
  • A casual visitor
Care Receivers
Individuals currently experiencing these life situations may benefit from a Stephen Ministry relationship...
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, or miscarriage
Stephen Ministry is an international organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. It began in 1975 when a pastor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Kenneth Haugk, trained members of his congregation to multiply Christian care within his church. Since that time, Stephen Ministry has been extended to over 11,000 congregations, representing over 160 denominations, in more than 24 countries.  More than 600,000 men and women have been trained as Stephen Ministers and over a million and a half have received their distinctively Christian care.

Scriptural Instructions:
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
(Romans 12:15)

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
(John 13:34b)

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
(I Corinthians 12:26)

For More Information:
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Or contact one of the congregations or Referral Coordinators listed below.  You can be assured of a confidential contact from a Stephen Leader or Referral Coordinator.

Local Referral Coordinators
If you or someone you know is facing a difficult or stressful situation similar to those listed above, please consider the benefit of care by a Stephen Minister.

You may contact any one of the listed Referral Coordinators working with these Stillwater congregations for a Stephen Ministry referral.

Angela Pradia

Polly Crawley
H 405.372.1128
C 405.742.4042

Carolyn Caldwell
H 405.372.8208
C 405.747.0218

Stephen Burke
NCF OFFICE 405.624.0723

Gaye Anderson
H 405.624-7482
C 405.742.4055
Linda Bruder
H 405.377.2311
C 405.714.1188

Stacy Boehler Primeaux

Stephen Ministry Brochure

Stephen Ministry - Christ Caring for People through People