What is Stephen Ministry?

A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women. Stephen Ministers go through 60 hours of training and continued training to provide safe, confidential, support.    

Stephen Ministry @ Bethany 

Did you know? Bethany Lutheran has one of the oldest Stephen Ministries in Texas – it’s been around approximately 25 years. Stephen Ministry founder, Rev. Kenneth Haugk and our Senior Pastor Bill Knippa were seminary classmates, both obtaining their doctorates in Psychology in the 1970’s.


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

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