Stephen Ministers Are Equipped to Meet the Needs of People

What is  Stephen Ministry ?
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Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with confidential, one-to-one Christian care you may need to make it through a crisis or to help you through a difficult time.

A Stephen Minister is :

  • A caring Christian who listens carefully and reflectively.
  • A member of our congregation who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.
  • A person who is ready to focus on your needs.
  • A trustworthy confident who will keep everything you say -- even your--identity--confidential.


A Stephen Minister is not :

  • A counselor or therapist.
  • A problem solver.
  • Someone who runs errands or helps with chores.
  • A casual visitor.


If you would like for a Stephen Minister to call on you, a loved one , or a friend, please contact Pastor Glen Bell, Pastor Kelly Fitzgerald, or Stephen Leader Steven Phillips at (941) 955-8119. If you would like to learn more about the Stephen Ministry program at First Presbyterian Church, Please send an email to For more information about Stephen Ministry, please visit their website at


Click on the pictures below to watch a couple of amazing stories from individuals who share what is has meant for them to receive care from a Stephen Minister