June 20, 2019                                                               

Mary Anna Reimann                        

Stephen Ministry Leader

There is no need to struggle alone!

Stephen Ministers enjoy helping people, being used by God to bring hope to a needing person. Stephen Ministers provide confidential one-on-one support for anyone experiencing a personal crisis or challenge such as illness, death of a loved one, separation and divorce, job loss, complicated pregnancy, disrupted family relationships.

We also are available to help people through shorter term issues such as loneliness, moving, sent the last child off to school, re-housing an aging parent, loss of a pet, or struggling with a personal faith journey.

Sometimes people think their need is not drastic enough to ask for a Stephen Minister. NOT SO! The definition of support is for anyone who needs a confidential Christian caregiver to walk through whatever, sharing the burden, journeying to wholeness.

Could YOU benefit from having a Stephen Minister? Contact Pastor Ann.

She then prays about whom God would have her ‘match’ together.

Stephen Ministry is NOT simply a Westminster “thing”!

It was 1975. Fresh out of graduate school and seminary, Reverend Dr. Kenneth C Haugk had high hopes for providing pastoral care in his congregation and community. Reality quickly set in! People’s needs far exceeded what he alone could provide.

The solution was obvious~ “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” Stephen Ministry was born! Dr. Haugk developed materials to train 9 members of his congregation to provide quality one-on-one distinctively Christian care: a secretary, a teacher, an insurance agent, a businesswoman, a student, an executive, a ‘stay-at-home’ mother, a beautician and a retiree. He commissioned them as Stephen Ministers.

Out of that humble beginning: 13,000 congregations are enrolled in Stephen Ministry Series, 170 denominations, all 50 states, 10 Canadian Provinces, 30 other countries. Additional stats: 75,000+ Pastors, staff and lay people trained as Stephen Leaders, 600,000+ lay persons as Stephen Ministers, millions of people having received distinctively Christian care!

Fast forward to 1995 when  David Reitz and Mindy Murray went to Leadership Training returning to lead  Westminster’s first class. January 2019 is our 24th Anniversary. This year’s class marks over 110 members who have been trained and served as Stephen Ministers. Westminster’s Pastoral staff are extremely supportive! Were they not, this Ministry would not survive.