Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are trained lay people commissioned by our congregation to serve in one-on-one confidential caring ministry. 

At St. Paul's, we have numerous Stephen Ministers actively offering support to individuals within our church and community.


Stephen Ministers provide effective care alongside those who are experiencing hospitalization, terminal illness, confinement to the home, job loss, life transitions, separation or divorce, birth or adoption, loneliness and depression, grief, struggles with God and many other of life's difficulties.

If you or someone you know is need of a Stephen Minister, or you would like to learn more about the St. Paul's program, contact Virginia Bickford at, or call 301-598-5496, or speak with Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, associate pastor at St. Paul's UMC.

Click here for an example referral form. 

For an example application to become a Stephen Minister, click here

Visit to learn more about the history and mission of Stephen Ministry. 

Answering the Call

Could you be called to bring care and warmth to those who are struggling?

We would like to send two or three new people to Stephen Ministry training sessions, held at various church locations around Montgomery County this September. If God is calling you to serve in this way, it is time to echo Samuel and say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” 

To start the process, please talk to Virginia Bickford and our Stephen Ministers as they host Coffee Hour following 10:30 a.m. worship on July 1 or August 5.

You may also reach Virginia by email at or call 301-598-5496. 

If this is your way of saying “I am here, Lord, send me,” please let your desire to join the Stephen Ministers be known soon – responses are needed by or before August 5!