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 Dr. Meg Baker, Minister of Spiritual Care & Formation (, 301-933-7933 ext 104.)

Stephen Ministry in a pandemic

Are you feeling exhausted from all the disruptions to life created by the covid-19 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 one of the pastors or Dr. Meg Baker, Stephen Leader and St. Paul's Minister of Spiritual Care & Formation, 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 Meg Baker (, 301-933-7933 ext 104) or Virginia Bickford, a Stephen Leader and St. Paul's member.

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