Stephen Ministry - Companionship In Challenging Times

Recognizing that many of us come to a point in our lives when we are struggling to sort things out, Stephen Ministers are available to be God’s listening presence.

Grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another, Stephen Ministry provides love and care to members of National Presbyterian and the broader community who are experiencing challenging times, through ongoing one-to-one relationships. Typically a person will meet with their Stephen Minister for one hour per week.
Stephen Ministry is confidential. The identity of those receiving care and what happens in each caring relationship is private. You may call the confidential pastoral care voicemail at any time: 202-537-7537.

Who Is Stephen Ministry For?

Stephen Ministry if for anyone going through challenging times, such as:
  • Loss of a spouse, child, close family member, friend, or relative
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Retirement changes
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • Aging
  • Being homebound
  • Unemployment
  • Chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Spiritual crises
  • Caregiving for another
  • New job
  • ...and more

Meeting with a Stephen Minister

If you are interested in meeting with a Stephen Minister or know someone who would benefit from such a caring relationship, please leave a message on our confidential pastoral care voicemail at 202-537-7537.

Who Is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is a member of National Presbyterian who:
  • Supports, listens, accompanies, prays, and cares for those receiving care
  • “Is there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for an hour a week, for as long as the need exists
  • Has been carefully selected for his or her caregiving skills
  • Has received fifty hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • Participates monthly in peer supervision and continuing education

The History of Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry at National Presbyterian is a part of a larger nonprofit religious organization founded in 1975 by Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist. While serving as the pastor of a St. Louis congregation, Dr. Haugk saw a need for care that exceeded what he alone could provide. Learn more about the history of Stephen Ministry.
For more information about Stephen Ministry and Pastoral Care at National, contact Dr. Joyce Emery, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at 202-537-7537.