Stephen Ministry

Someone to walk beside you during a difficult time in life.

Are you walking through a crisis or difficult time?

You are not alone; everyone goes through difficult times. Having a caring Christian to listen, plant a seed of hope, give encouragement and share God’s love can help you get through the confusion, stress or loneliness you may be experiencing. A Stephen Minister can help you on the road to hope, healing and wholeness. The Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another (John 15:17). Through one-to-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive loving care and support.

What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation trained to give Christian care, support, and comfort to those who are going through a period of crisis or life difficulties. They typically meet with one person weekly as long as needed. They listen, explore feelings, pray and share God’s Word, share Christ’s love, and maintain confidentiality.

Stephen Ministers care for people who are. . .

• Grieving

• In a crisis

Experiencing a spiritual low

Hospitalized or recovering

Lonely or discouraged

Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness

Facing a life transition such as divorce, parents going to nursing home, empty-nesters



The family and friends of people who are in a crisis

And countless other life challenges!

If you need someone to walk beside you during a difficult time in life, fill out the form below to request a Stephen Minister. You can also contact the Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator through the church office at (540) 662-7743 and ask for the Stephen Ministry phone extension. If you call after hours, press 4 when prompted and leave a message with your name, phone number, and time of day to reach you. You will be contacted within 48 hours.

If you know someone who attends FBC and could benefit from a Stephen Minister, ask permission to refer his/her name. Send us his/her name and contact information along with your name and phone number in the request form or call us with their information. They will be contacted within 48 hours.

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What is a Stephen Minister?

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