Stephen Ministry


You can find the Care Coordinators and Leadership Team Contacts at the bottom of this page.


OR download the application, fill out and return to the church.

A new class to train Stephen Ministers will begin August 30.


What is a Stephen Minister?

  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting person;
  • a caring Christian who really listens;
  • a congregational member who has received intensive training in providing Christian care;
  • a trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say - and even your identity - confidential;
  • and someone who will faithfully meet with you weekly.

A Stephen Minister is NOT…

  • a counselor or therapist; 
  • a problem-solver;
  • someone who runs errands or helps with chores; 
  • or a casual visitor.

"Love one another as I have loved you." - John 15:12

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

“Serve one another in love.” - Galatians 5:13


Our Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are:

  • grieving the loss or death of a loved one;
  • hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization;
  • coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness;
  • unemployed or in a job crisis;
  • caring for an ill or disabled family member;
  • anticipating the birth or adoption of a child;
  • homebound or institutionalized;
  • transitioning into retirement, aging, or other life transition;
  • experiencing a spiritual crisis;
  • victims of a disaster or accident;
  • or experiencing other hard situations.

Find out more:


Jan Garman, C
Brad Richardson, C 865-599-7471,


Howard C. Filston, M.D.
Kay Stoutt Filston
Jan Garman
Alissa Sayers
Robin Lefler
Brad Richardson
Suzanne Stelling