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 & AARP Presents:

Know the 10 signs: An Alzheimer's Checklist


October 26 at 7:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the Zoom presentation “Know the 10 Signs: An Alzheimer’s Checklist” by AARP Speaker Phyllis Meyerson. 

While this one-hour event is a part of St. Paul’s Stephen Ministry continuing education program, it is open to all. 

As we age, it is tempting to attribute the gradual changes our bodies go through to normal aging. Mrs. Meyerson will identify changes we should be more attentive to, including memory lapses that begin to affect our quality of life. For more information, contact Meg Baker,

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 program, contact Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, associate pastor at St. Paul's UMC, or Virginia Bickford, Stephen Leader and member of 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?

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.