Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care for anyone experiencing a difficult time in life: grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen Ministers aren't counselors; they're specially trained people from all walks of life with a passion for being great listeners, and bringing Christ’s love and care to people during hard times. A Stephen Minister usually meets with a person once a week for about an hour.

Become a Stephen Minister

Training is offered every couple of years. There is an application and interview process. If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Mara Marsman. You will be contacted when the next training is being scheduled.


To request assistance or for more information about this ministry, contact Mara Marsman or call the church office at 616.698.3170.

Mara Marsman