Stephen Ministry

1We are a Stephen Ministry congregation, meaning we have trained lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) who provide one-to-one Christian care to people who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing transitions and life challenges.
Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.

What Is A Stephen Minister?

  • a caring friend who is as near as the telephone and present in person on a weekly basis
  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting person
  • a Christian friend who really listens
  • a person who will pray for you
  • someone who considers confidentiality a sacred trust
  • Christ’s servant through whom God’s love can turn crisis into opportunity

The Stephen Ministry Difference

With Stephen Ministry–
  • Pastors don’t carry the burden of being the congregation’s sole caregivers. They have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside and outside the congregation.
  • Laypeople have a chance to use and strengthen their leadership and caregiving gifts in meaningful ministry–serving others while experiencing tremendous spiritual growth.
  • Hurting people no longer suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.
  • Congregations have a practical, powerful way to —
    “Equip God’s people for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12)
    “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34)
    “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.: (Galatians 6:2)
   “Go make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19)

Who Are Our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Leaders

Diana Eldredge (Referrals; Recruiting)
Dave Petke (Coordinator; Publicity)
Sharon Petke (Supervision; Training; Continuing Education)

Stephen Ministers

Carlista Barttels                                      
Lee Bockman                                                  Pattie Hamer
Scott Bowles                                                  Wanda Kerns
Suzanne Dobbs                                              Barbara Lane
Debbie Germroth                                       Martha Lawson
Anne Garber                                           Sylvia Rotenberry

Useful Information for Stephen Ministers

    Download WRPC Check-In Statement Form
    Download WRPC Contact Record Sheet