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about the
Stephen ministry

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2, NRSV)

The Stephen Ministry program at Peace began with the training of four Stephen Leaders at St. Louis in 2019.  The Stephen Leaders Dan Stoehr, Sarah Stoehr and Larry Ehlert were commissioned in early 2020.  These Stephen Leaders then implemented the program by recruiting and training Stephen Ministers.  They continue to provide ongoing leadership for the Stephen Ministry program.

Stephen Ministers are members of Peace Ministries who have received 50 hours of special training equipping them to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation or community experiencing challenges in life such as grief, divorce, chronic illness, job loss, loneliness, or a spiritual crisis. 

After commissioning, these Stephen Ministers provide care to someone who is hurting.  A Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver at a time and meets with that person weekly for an hour. This caring relationship lasts for as long as the need persists.

Peace Ministries commissioned its first group of Stephen Ministers in 2020. A second group was commissioned in the Spring of 2021. We currently have eleven Stephen Ministers serving our congregation.

If you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from receiving the care of a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office at 715-623-2200.

*The caregiving relationship remains strictly confidential. The Stephen Ministry of Peace Lutheran Ministries affiliated with Stephen Ministry of St. Louis, Missouri.

Holding Hands


Scott Blemke

Karen Bornfleth

Carol Griffiths

Darlaen Jansen

Lori Leider

Ronda McDougal

Sandy Nielsen

Dennis Rochwite

Deb Thom

Casey Smith

Linda Smith


Bring Christ’s Care to Hurting People - Become a Stephen Minister!

To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister contact the church office at 715-623-2200.

The next class will be starting soon!

Thinking Man
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