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 Stephen Ministry 

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church is officially enrolled in the Stephen Series, a program of equipping and empowering congregations to provide Christian care to their members. Since March 4, 2014, we have trained four “Stephen Ministers” who were commissioned on September 28, 2014. 

A “Stephen Minister” is a lay person who has received 50 hours of training from certified Stephen Leaders to provide confidential, one-to-one Christ-centered care to persons experiencing a difficult time in life, due to one or more of the following types of situations:

  • Grief
  • Divorce
  • Cancer
  • Hospitalization
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Chronic illness
  • Terminal illness
  • Job loss
  • Loss of a home
  • Military deployment 
  • Onset of a disability
  • Loneliness
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Other life struggles

A Stephen Minister begins a caring relationship when s/he is matched to a person who is struggling with one or more of these issues. Stephen Ministers are always matched with persons of the same gender. 

Pastor is responsible for referring a person in need to a Stephen Minister. The names of persons receiving care are kept strictly confidential between Pastor and the assigned Stephen Minister. 

The Stephen Minister will then contact the person and arrange to meet with them for one hour each week to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care.

Throughout the caring relationship, the Stephen Minister will receive supervision and continuing education from the Stephen Leader(s). The Stephen Minister will never share confidential information with anyone other than Pastor.

Our Stephen Ministry Team at St. Stephen’s includes:

Pastor Ritva Williams (referrals)
Gail Husmann - Stephen Leader
Marilyn Loan - Stephen Leader

Diane Daubenmier - Stephen Minister

Vicky Johnson - Stephen Minister

Ellen Kinsinger- Stephen Ministry

Stephanie Lo - Stephen Minister
Kathy Nathan - Stephen Minister

Carole Butz -Support & Spiritual Direction

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Ministrer or a Stephen Leader, please contact Gail Husmann or Marilyn Loan. 

To Know, Live, and Share Christ


St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, ELCA

610 31st Street SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 | 319-364-2637 | ©2014