Stephen Ministry

As Jesus sent out His disciples two by two to minister to His people, so we strive to imitate Him as we care for one another.

Petersburg Parishes are fortunate to have Stephen Ministry available to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in our congregations. The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first layperson commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (Acts 6).

What is Stephen Ministry, and why might I need it?

Stephen Ministry multiplies the number of caregivers by equipping laypeople to provide high-quality Christian care. By meeting many of the needs for care, Stephen Ministry will give our priests and deacons more time to focus on other areas of ministry. Hurting people receive quality Christian care, complete confidentiality, and deepen their relationship with Jesus. Our pastoral region becomes a warmer, more loving community as more people are equipped to care and more lives are touched by Christ’s love. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).

We are blessed to have 2 Stephen Leaders and 15 active Stephen Ministers, a few of whom are currently providing care. We are looking for more people to become trained Stephen Ministers and people who are in need of care following the death of a loved one, coping with illness, divorce, unemployment or any other life challenges. Please continue to watch for more information in our bulletins on how to become a Stephen Minister and/or receive help.

Contact Pam Coon at any time at (419)-302-0119 or

What is Stephen Ministry? Tune in as Pam Coon, Stephen Leader at the Petersburg Parishes, discusses this ministry and shares a bit of her story.

What can one expect when they receive care through Stephen Ministry? Tune in as Pam Coon chats with Holly Combs about her experience as a care receiver.