Stephen Ministries

God's Love in Action

Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing challenges in their lives.

Our pastor will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than the pastor can effectively meet alone. Stephen Ministry multiplies our caring abilities by equipping God's people for this unique ministry. Stephen Ministers are trained lay persons who care and minister to individuals in and around the congregation. They are members of Pioneer who are invited to make a two-year commitment of time (50+hours of initial training, then 10 hours per month of continuing education and service). Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love to people who are hurting for any number of reasons. A Stephen Ministers is not a professional counselor or psychologist; an expert in law, finance or church doctrine).

Meet our Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders

Our current Stephen Ministers (from left to right) are: Bill DeCarlo, Caroline McClendon, Bev Knox, Gary Mahoney, Susan Sulcs, Jim Paisley, Mary K Paisley, Karen Edenfield, Betty Evans and Bob Evans.

Please continue your prayers for them and our Stephen Ministry program. If you have any questions or would like to request a Stephen MInister, please contact one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Caroline McClendon or Betty Evans.

Interested in Serving as a Stephen Minister?

Our next training class will begin soon. If you have questions, please speak with Caroline McClendon or Betty Evans. An application can be downloaded here:

Stephen Minister Application
Download, complete and return this form to one of the Stephen Leaders
Stephen Minister Application.pdf
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Stephen Ministry Featured on PBS

The PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show recently aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations. View the Stephen Ministry feature on the PBS Web site, where you'll also find several bonus features--including a nine-minute interview with Stephen Ministries' founder and executive director, Kenneth C. Haugk.

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A Stephen Minister Is...

  • a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • a congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver; meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need.

Stephen Ministry is CONFIDENTIAL

Stephen Ministry works because Stephen Ministers take confidentiality with utmost seriousness. If congregation members were not utterly convinced that their needs for care were kept confidential, few would ever agree to accept the care of a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers learn and practice ways to maintain confidentiality in the caring relationship, in supervision, with well-meaning friends and family, and elsewhere.

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

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 we need when faced with a crisis or difficluty such as:

  • 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, miscarriage or infertility
  • a chronic illness
  • the spouse of one dealing with a chronic illness
  • relocation
  • recovery after an accident or disaster

This Is YOUR Ministry

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here is what you can do:

  • Pray for this ministry, our Stephen Leaders (Caroline and Betty), and those who serve as Stephen Ministers.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn't expect you to bear your burdens alone!
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministries St. Louis is the national organization that supports our congregation's Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1975, Stephen Ministries provides training and resources to thousands of congregatoins and organizations worldwide. For more information call (314) 428-2600 or visit their website at