Stephen Ministry

Christ Caring for People through People.

 FPC Stephen Ministers - Class of 2012
Commissioning of FPC Stephen Ministers
We all experience challenges in life—times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty and bring Christ's love to hurting people. Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

This Christian Care Ministry began at FPC with the commissioning of ten Stephen Ministers in June 2010. Currently there are twenty lay ministers who provide care for the FPC family, hospitals, and the community. A new class was trained in the spring of 2013 and commissioned in June. If you or a friend are in need of a caring person to walk alongside of you during a time of sadness or illness, please contact Denise Ellis, RN 843.448.4496.

If you are a trained Stephen Minister or have ever experienced the help of a Stephen Minister, we'd love to hear from you.



The Stephen Ministry program was introduced to me in 1989 when I lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The objectives and purpose of the program captured my attention. As a result, the Stephen Ministry program has given me many skills that are useful in my daily life as well as working with a care receiver. My listening skills have improved as well as my ability to share the work of the Lord with others. My ability to pray with others has improved. Setting aside a specific time each day to communicate with the Lord strengthens my relationship with Him. Being a Stephen Minister creates situations where I have to become an outstanding listener and sounding board. Trust and confidentiality are of the utmost importance for a successful program. Serving as a Stephen Minister has given me the opportunity to reach out to others as well as make many new friends within our supervision group.

Barbara Peterson, FPC Stephen Minister