Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times.

WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?

We all experience challenges in life - times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis of difficulty such as -

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private. UPPC has a lasting commitment to providing care to the congregation and the community. Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A STEPHEN MINISTER IS…

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need


If you are interested having a Stephen Minister, please contact:

Jill McMullen | Minister of Care and Evangelism | 253.564.2522 ext. 139 | jmcmullen@uppc.org


“Bear one another’s burdens and in this way fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2