Who are Stephen Ministers

We all go through difficult times in our lives.

  • Loss of a loved one

  • Spiritual crisis

  • Hospitalization disability

  • Discouragement

  • Job loss

  • Divorce

  • Rehabilitation

  • Depression

  • Or losses/other difficulties

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”

Matthew 11:28

Stephen Ministry Leaders
Stephen Ministry Leaders

Stephen Ministry Leaders
Stephen Ministry Leaders

Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian education organization founded in 1975 that produces training and resources known for their excellence, practicality, psychological integrity, and theological depth. These resources cover topics such as caring ministry, assertive relating, spiritual gifts discovery, grief support, spiritual growth, and more.

God never intended for us to go through these experience alone.

This is why First Baptist has the Stephen Ministry! This ministry began in July 2011 with a small core of trained Stephen Ministers. Since its inception, additional trained caregivers, to include a cadre of trained Stephen Ministers Leaders, have joined the ranks.

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation. A Stephen Minister is a caring person who can help you navigate through your present situation. These compassionate people are trained to help us when we encounter such life experiences as mentioned above or simply going through a tough time. A Stephen Minister will meet with you – privately and confidentially-on a weekly basis. A Stephen Minister is able to provide a listening ear, a supportive perspective, and God’s word to make the journey easier.

To learn how to receive care from a Stephen Minister, talk to one of our pastors or a Stephen Leader, Carol Carroll, Martha Tharrington, and Mary Smaw.


Also, be sure to check out the Stephen Ministries webpage at 


Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 12,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.