Stephen Ministry

Is anybody there? Does anybody care?

"When people are in pain, it’s especially important to surround them with healing love."
– David A. Paap

The Stephen Ministers of Ascension Lutheran Church are there and we care. We provide the support of a caring Christian friend. This is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

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. Stephen Leaders are trained leaders who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.

"Your presence is worth much, much more than words. Your presence communicates to the other that he or she is valued, precious, beloved. Your presence brings not only the gift of yourself into the relationship but also, in and through you, the gift of God."
Ken Haugk, in Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering

Pastors will always be on the front lines of care. But there are always more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet. Stephen Ministers are God’s instrument of care with a listening, loving presence. The journey to wholeness includes three: the person in need (care receiver), the caregiver (Stephen Minister) and God. In time of crisis, all you need to do is call and speak confidentially with a pastor.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, or if you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister, or if you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry, talk with one of our Stephen Leaders: Susanne Hopkins, Karen Shepersky, Mary Haller, and Pastor Steve Herder 805-495-0406.

Stephen Ministries St. Louis supports our congregation’s Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1975, Stephen Ministries provides training and resources to thousands of congregations and organizations worldwide. Log on to or call (314) 428-2600 to learn more.