What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers provide emotional and spiritual support and care to people who are going through a difficult time.  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, unemployment, hospitalization, chronic or terminal illness, separation due to military deployment, relocation, or loneliness.  Stephen Ministers have been specifically trained to meet your emotional and spiritual needs; male Stephen Ministers are always matched with men, and female Stephen Ministers are matched with women. 

Did You Know...

The organization draws its name from Saint Stephen. Stephen is first mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as one of seven          deacons appointed by the Apostles to distribute food and charitable aid to the poorer members of the community in the early      church.


Do you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening?  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.

Learn more about what a Stephen Minister does on the Stephen Ministries website.  


If you are going through a difficult time, our Stephen Ministers can bring God’s warm love back into your life. They provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will meet with you privately on a weekly basis to listen, to support and encourage you, to pray with and for you, and to walk with you for the duration of your crisis.  Talk with Rev. Barbara Buck 310.377.6882, ext 22 or Barbara@spbts.org