Stephen Ministers are lay persons who have completed 50 hours of training to learn how to come alongside someone experiencing a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness.

Stephen Ministers meet with their “care receiver” at least once a week for pastoral care with all conversations entirely confidential. Stephen Ministers are also available after services to pray or talk with people who have concerns. Do you feel God tugging at your heart to find out more about being a Stephen Minister? Call the church office at (315) 445-0331.


“I’m not sure if I’m qualified to be a Stephen Minister.”

You may be asking yourself, “What qualifications are necessary to be a Stephen Minister?” Well, first and foremost, you need to be a caring person who is willing to learn, grow, and serve. You must be willing and able to maintain confidentiality. You need to make a commitment to training, ministry, and supervision. If you meet those qualifications, your Stephen Leaders will equip you with the rest of what you need: training, support, encouragement, care, and prayers. They will make sure that you will succeed as a Stephen Minister!

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If you or someone you love is in need of the care a Stephen Minister can provide, contact the church office at (315) 445-0331 or