Stephen Ministry

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

Stephen Ministry at St. Paul's

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 job loss, hospitalization, terminal illness, confinement to the home, 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 Stephen Ministers and Leaders program, contact Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, associate pastor at St. Paul's UMC (, 301-933-7933 ext 103).

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. 

Stephen Ministry in a pandemic

Are you feeling exhausted from all the disruptions to life brought on by the pandemic? Are you or someone you know struggling with challenges like:

• Isolation and loneliness

• Anxiety over health

• Grief due to many different kinds of losses

• Tension from juggling work, childcare, and schooling

• Financial strain or job loss

• Uncertainty about the future

• Other unexpected life challenges

If so, you don’t have to face it alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. A Stephen Minister will meet with you privately — by phone, by video chat, or, if safely possible, in person — to offer care and support. It’s free and completely confidential. 

For more information, please contact Pastor Pat (, 301-933-7933 ext 101), Pastor Kate (, 301-933-7933 ext 103) or Virginia Bickford, Stephen Leader,  to obtain more information.

Answering the Call

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

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 of becoming a Stephen Minister, or for more information, please talk to Pastor Kate (kfulton [at], 301-933-7933 ext. 103) or Virginia Bickford.

If this is your way of saying “I am here, Lord, send me,” please let your desire to join the Stephen Ministers be known.