/files/Congregational Care/StephenSeries-text-90.gifSTEPHEN MINISTRY at Westminster

"Bear one another's burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ."          Galatians 6: 2

What is Stephen Ministry?

In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to those in need of care (called Care Receivers).  These may include people who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or just experiencing difficult times.

Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.

Who may need a Stephen Minister?

People who are dealing with:

  • Illness
  • Family frustrations and challenges
  • Loneliness
  • Families of those who are ill
  • Separation or divorce
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Being shut in
  • A new baby
  • Terminal Illness
  • Low self-esteem or feeling down
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial setbacks
  • Struggling with faith in God
  • Aging
  • Facing changes in their lives
  • And other concerns

Consider Stephen Ministry even if it's a little problem.  Little problems can become big problems.

A Stephen Minister is:

  • a trained lay volunteer
  • a good listener
  • trained in confidentiality
  • supervised for quality care
  • ready to offer God's love through a Christian caring relationship on a one-to-one basis.

A Stephen Minister is someone who will encourage and pray with their Care Receiver.
A Stephen Minister walks beside a hurting person.
Stephen Ministers are there to care!

Interested in learning more about receiving the care of a Stephen Minister?

If you would like to receive the support of a Stephen Minister or if you know someone who could benefit from this program, please contact Ann Hatfield, Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care.

Interested in learning more about being a Stephen Minister?

Begin by talking to one of our Stephen Leaders and they can tell you more:


Ann Hatfield
 610-399-3377, x114
Virginia Jaeger
Susan Morris
Mary Anna Reimann

Shelley Jones


 New classes are usually held every two years and Stephen Ministers make a two year commitment to train and serve. More information about our training schedule.


FAQ about Stephen Ministry