Stephen Ministers

The Stephen Ministry is a confidential, caring lay ministry, where Stephen Ministers are matched one- on-one with a Care Receiver needing short, or long term support. Stephen Ministers are trained by Stephen Leaders with 50 hours of classes which are scheduled periodically. Supervision meetings are twice monthly with continuing education. Contact the church office at 477-6037 if you or someone you know might benefit from a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministers at First Presbyterian Church include: Betty Tenhulzen, (Chair) Sue Bolz (Leader), Barb Bruning (Leader), Gary Hughes (Leader), Ruth Stephenson (Leader), Jack Cole, Debbie DeFrain, Jim DeFrain, David Hammar, LeAnn Hammar, Barbara Hanssen, Sherry Knapp, June Pickel, Jody Spalding, Carlene Waldron, Andy White.

In June 2002, First Church commissioned fifteen trained Stephen Ministers. These care givers are available to be matched with care receivers who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances. This could include those who are terminally ill, have lost a spouse or another family member, are experiencing divorce, are in a job crisis situation, or find themselves in any of a variety of trying circumstances. This distinctively Christian one on one care involves weekly visits, telephone calls, and emotional support.

Stephen Ministers are trained to offer biblical encouragement, thereby helping care receivers to nurture and grow in faith. Strict confidentiality is always maintained.

Stephen Ministry at First Presbyterian Church is compassionate, trustworthy, skilled and full of faith.


Holy Waggers Therapy Dog Ministry


I walked into the care facility to visit Henry, bringing with me my therapy dog, Katie.  Henry took one look at her from across the room, and said, “Is that Chompers?”  with such joy and amazement in his voice!  So that day, for Henry, Katie became Chompers.

Anyone who has a pet knows how healing they can be – that unconditional love and joy oozes into us in our most difficult times.  There are times when the presence of a pet can open up hearts, and even memories.

The mission of our Holy Waggers Therapy Dog Ministry is to promote health, hope and healing by demonstrating love and compassion to others.  Handler/dog teams visit our members, friends, and community, sharing the love of God with them.


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