God does not intend for you to struggle alone! Stephen Ministry is 1-on-1 confidential support available as you face challenging life crises. Stephen Ministers are available to meet on a regular basis. All care-providers are trained, supervised, and matched with the same gender.

For more information about becoming a Stephen Minister

Check out this testimony from Ed Voth, who received support through a stressful time in his life.

Hear from a Stephen Minister first hand how they can help you.

All of us have needs in our lives. Sometimes these needs come when we are unprepared to navigate the challenges they bring. Emmanuel’s Stephen Ministry helps people in a personal way. With the guidance of a Stephen Minister, Val Braun found a healing path through challenging personal needs. She realised the benefits of one-on-one care and was motivated to support others.


Val’s story is one of many stories of strength, faith, and courage to overcome challenging needs.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry has been around since 1975, when Kenneth Haugk, a pastor
and clinical psychologist, developed training for caregivers who could assist
him in providing “distinctively Christian care” to his congregation. Emmanuel is
one of over 7,000 Stephen Ministry congregations from 90 denominations.
Today, there are over 500,000 Stephen Ministers in the United States,
Canada, and 23 other countries. For further information on Stephen Ministries check out stephenministries.org.

Who does it help?

Stephen Ministry is designed to train and equip lay persons to meet caregiving needs related to the regular challenges and crises of life.

Such as those people who are:

  • hospitalized
  • loss of health
  • terminally ill and their families
  • chronic illness
  • caring for an ill family member
  • home-bound or institutionalized
  • grieving the loss of a loved one
  • lonely or discouraged
  • disabled and their families
  • elderly
  • separated or divorced
  • unemployment or job crisis
  • transitioning into retirement
  • single parents
  • parents with children leaving home
  • imprisoned and their families
  • affected by accidental or natural
  • disaster
  • in need of support
  • inactive

Or experiencing:

  • a spiritual crisis
  • an unplanned pregnancy
  • the birth / adoption of a child
  • the stress of moving, relocating

Such needs often require more care than is commonly recognized.

If you would like to request a Stephen Minister, make a referral, or find out more about this ministry, email stephen.ministry@eefc.ca or call 203-326-9865.

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