What is Stephen Ministry?

Our Stephen Ministers are Christian lay people who are available to serve Fairhope United Methodist Church and community.

A Stephen Minister is...

It is a program that equips lay people to provide confidential, one on one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

What are characteristics of a Stephen Minister?

Prayerful, confidential, caring & nurturing, listening skills and relies on their faith through life experiences.

How can I become a Stephen Minister?

Apply and interview with the Stephen Ministers.  After acceptance, 50 hours of training will begin in January.

How many care receivers will I have at one time?

Usually one care receiver is placed with one Stephen Minister.

Who might need a Stephen Minister?

Someone who has experienced a change or transition in their life such as death, divorce, illness, job loss, retirement, new in the community, birth of a child, empty nest syndrome, feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.

What can a Stephen Minister offer to the care receiver?

Confidentiality, someone who walks beside you, a caring Christian friend who listens unconditionally.

For more information, contact Dr. Ann Pearson, 928-1148 or


Stephen Leaders: 

Kim Gibson, Janie Mullins, Ann Pearson

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:11