Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is God’s love in action. Having someone to walk with you in a difficult time can help you get through the hurt you may be experiencing. Stephen Ministry equips dedicated people in Plymouth’s family with the knowledge and skills that enable them to provide confidential one-on-one care to members of our congregation and community.

Stephen Ministers are members of Plymouth Church who help meet the needs of other Plymouth members who are…

  • bereaved
  • hospitalized
  • terminally ill
  • in a job crisis
  • divorced or separated
  • facing aging issues
  • homebound
  • in difficult relationships
  • facing a crisis, no matter
  • how small or large

A Stephen Minister is . . .

  • a lay person who has received
  • special training in how to provide emotional and spiritual care
  • a caring Christian friend
  • who really listens
  • one who honors confidentiality
  • non-judgmental
  • compassionate

A Stephen Minister is not

  • a counselor or therapist
  • a problem solver
  • a member of the clergy

How do you get the help of a Stephen Minister?

A person – either you or someone you know – is going through a difficult time and is in need of someone to walk with for awhile. The referrals coordinator learns about this need for care – from a pastor or from the person in need. The referrals coordinator talks with the person about Stephen Ministry. With the person’s permission,he or she is assigned a Stephen Minister to meet with weekly or on a mutually agreed upon frequency.


Make a confidential request by calling LeAnn Stubbs, Minister of Care and Welcome, at 515.255.3149, contacting her at  or using the web form on the Need a Minister? page.

Questions about becoming a Stephen Minister can be answered by LeAnn Stubbs, any other Stephen Leader, or any Stephen Minister. Look for them at worship. They wear blue and white name badges.



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