Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:21 AM
Following the lead of Plain Local Schools Kindergarten and preschool classes are cancelled for Monday, Jan. 26. We are open for child care realizing that parents need to go to work.

Stephen Ministries...God's Love in Action

What is Stephen Ministry?

Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister is...

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages
  • Someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life--times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more


Stephen Ministry Featured on PBS


PBS Religion and Ethics television news program recently produced a segment on Stephen Ministries. 
Click here to go to the PBS page and watch the segment.

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


Could you benefit from the confidential, one-on-one, care of a Stephen Minister?

Do you know someone else who could benefit from Stephen Ministry?

Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?

Contact one of our Stephen Leaders at 330-499-3307:

Pastor "Kip" Smith

Diane Diehl

Judy Forsythe

Rosemarie Millin 

Joe Wonsettler 


"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."  Galations 6:2