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Stephen Ministry


The Stephen Ministry program is a confidential, distinctively Christian caring ministry of First United Methodist Church. This ministry was developed by a non-profit religious and educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, and was brought to FUMC in 2000. Stephen Ministry links us to more than 9,000 congregations from more than 100 Christian denominations, in all 50 states, nine Canadian provinces, and 21 other countries that are now involved in the ministry.

The Stephen Ministry program provides training and a structured and confidential method for delivering a Christ-centered, one-to-one caring ministry within our congregation and our community. Stephen Ministers are trained to deliver distinctively Christian care. The Holy Spirit enables them in this role and it is God who provides the cure.

These lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide confidential Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and to others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps our pastors and congregation provide caring ministry for as long as people need it.

If you feel that the Stephen Ministry program might help you, or If you know that a friend would benefit from Stephen Ministry (even if they are not a member of our congregation) tell them about the ministry and call the church office at 623-6668 or contact Rev. Michael Mattox.

Become a Stephen Minister

  • Would you like to learn and provide supportive Christian care to others who are going through difficult times?
  • Have you discovered that you have one of the caring gifts of the Holy Spirit? CLICK HERE FOR A SPIRITUAL GIFTS INVENTORY.
  • Are you a “wounded healer” who wants to learn how to share with others the healing God has given you?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, perhaps you will consider training as a Stephen Minister when it is offered at FUMC. Call the church office at 623-6668 for information or contact Doug Miller.

    Click here for an application

    Meet our Stephen Ministers!

    Allen Bedell

    Lou Bedell

    Max Witman

    Priscilla Cook

    Doug Miller

    Bill Cluck

    Helen Southard

    Jim Mayes

    Beverly Farrell

    Teresa Holt

    Amy Thomason

    Janell Horton

    Peggy Woodall

    Byron Jackson

    Ellen Rucker

    Matt McFarling

    Patti Sweeney

    Patti Willits

    Harold Campbell

    Wayne Ogburn

    Cherry Ogburn

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