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Stephen Ministry


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 difficulties in their lives.

The Stephen Ministry logo symbolizes that we are all broken people and that it is only through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole.

Christ Caring for People Through People

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 difficulty such as:

  • Loss of a loved oneSteph_min_women_hands
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce of separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crises
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry.  The identity of those receiving care and what is discussed remains private.

Who is a Stephen Minister

  • 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’s a need.

Stephen Ministers are members of the congregation who have the gifts of compassion, listening, and encouragement. They complete 50 hours of training and are commissioned into service by the congregation. A trained Stephen Minister is paired with a care receiver of the same gender for approximately two years to provide crisis care and/or followup care as the need requires. 

People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People .
Stephen Ministers are there: 
After the phone call you hoped you’d never get. 
After the divorce papers are served, and the bottom falls out of your life. 
After the funeral, when everyone has left, and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
After the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
After the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
After the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away-and the house suddenly seems empty.
After the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
After the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
After you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
After your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out. 
Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are ready to come alongside you-or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives – and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed. 

Stephen Ministry Contacts

Wally Kukuk, Stephen Leader and Pastor for Care  330-688-6935

Betty Walker, Stephen Leader
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Linda Poje, Stephen Leader 
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Stephen Ministers

ActiveLinda Edmiston, Ken Foglesong, Wally Kukuk, Louise Mulligan, Linda Poje, Betty Walker

Retired/RestingAnn Bell, Mary Butcher, Tom Edmiston, Nancy Jaekle, Maribeth Roberts, Pat Lukens, Sarah Smith

In Memoriam: Dan Schrack

Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry

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

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • 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.


If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister...

If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister…

If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry…

Please contact one of our Stephen Leaders listed to the left.

Stephen Ministry Extension Ministry


HEROES Care is a network of trained volunteers dedicated to providing comprehensive, caring support to military families through pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment. Most of these families face unique challenges.  Those living far away from a military base have limited peer support and face difficulty in receiving services. Loss of spousal income and emotional issues related to single-parenting are also concerns. HEROES Care strives to meet these needs and to proactively address potential issues for these families.

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