Stephen Ministry

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

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry at St. Paul’s Cathedral equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.


Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are cathedral members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice each month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Care Receivers

These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—perhaps experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, change in the family make-up at home or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
• The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
• Men are matched with men; women with women.
• When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.

Learn more:
If you know of someone you believe could benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister, or if you have an interest in being a Stephen Minister, please contact one of the Stephen Leaders at St. Paul’s Cathedral:
• Dean Penny Bridges (
• Terry Kelly (
• Rev. Canon Brooks Mason (
• Ellen Meier (