Stephen Ministry The Stephen Ministry is a well-regarded and long established program in which lay people are trained in the basics of pastoral care giving and commissioned to journey alongside those in the congregation who are going through a difficult transition. It might be the loss of a job, or a loved one. It might be the birth of a child, or a farewell to one’s children as they leave home for the first time. It could be a divorce, or even a marriage. Stephen Ministry is not therapy, nor is it a brand of professional counseling. Rather, it is faith-centered care giving, a pastoral relationship offered to those who may need more regular and ongoing care than our pastors can provide. If you think that you, or someone you love, might benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister—or if you are interested in being trained as a Stephen Minister please contact Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller.