Stephen Ministry

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Stephen Ministry

“Bear one another’s burden, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  (Galatians 6:2)

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”  (Hebrews 13: 5b)

Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”  (John13:34)

Stephen Ministry was re-established at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 2010.  Stephen Ministers provide care to persons who are experiencing some type of crisis or challenge in their lives, such as death of a loved one, divorce, health issues, loneliness, etc.  Stephen Ministers do not replace pastoral care, nor are they counselors.  Stephen Ministers are trained to walk along side someone, be a listener, and show Jesus’ love and care in a confidential manner.

Are you someone who might need the care of a Stephen Minister or do you know of someone who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister?  If any of the following types of situations apply to you or to someone you know, please contact Marty Rodkey at 765-654-5558, ext. 11.

Types of Crisis Situations:

  • Hospitalization

  • Terminal Illness

  • Death of a Loved One

  • Unemployment

  • Divorce

  • Severe Financial Setback

  • Retirement

  • Stress of Moving

  • Victim of a Crime

Types of Chronic Care Situations:

  • Disability

  • Aging

  • In a Long Term Facility

  • Homebound

  • Experiencing chronic health conditions

Types of Supportive  Care:

  • Caring for a Dying Family Member

  • Parent of a Special Needs Child

  • Supporting a Family Member through a Divorce

  • Adult Child Needing to Place a Parent in a Long Term Facility

Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?

You will receive 50 hours of education followed by bimonthly meetings which include continuing education.   If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or have questions, please contact Amanda Trent or Marty Rodkey at 765-654-5558.


  • Member of FEPC

  • Spiritual Gifts of Caring, Mercy, Faith, Wisdom or Encouragement

  • Life Experiences

  • Commitment to following Christ and sharing His love

  • Ability to Maintain Confidentiality

  • Willing to commit to 2 years to Stephen Ministry

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