Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is one to one distinctively Christian care and support for those experiencing life changes, crises and difficulties, serving members of our congregation, as well as member of the community. Stephen Ministers listen, understand, accept and pray with you while expressing God’s love and healing. Stephen Ministry is extremely confidential and all sharing and concerns are upheld with utmost respect and privacy.

Need Care and Support?

If you are experiencing a crisis or difficult time in your life and wish to receive care by a Stephen Minister, please contact a Stephen Minister at or Pastor Gigie Sijera-Grant at 410-465-2977. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Divorce Care

Divorce Care & Divorce Care for Kids
Sessions Available This Fall
Tuesdays, September 5 - November 28
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The stresses and strains of divorce on adults and children are often so overwhelming to handle. First Lutheran is happy to host a 13-week program for support and discovery of finding empowerment for those touched by divorce. This is open to the church and community. While pre-registration is not required - it is encouraged and appreciated. Program facilitators for this program are Linda Serf McGeehan and David Shacrew (Adults), and Cindy Privatera (Children). For more information, and/or to express interest in volunteering to support this program, please contact First Lutheran’s church office at 410-465-2977 or via e-mail (

Those at any stage of a divorce ~ from initial separation, recently divorced, or divorced for many years ~ may find that DivorceCare can help with the healing process.  This biblically-based seminar and support group features weekly videos that address various issues such as depression, anger, forgiveness, financial survival and loneliness.    Each confidential session includes discussion of the video, sharing, and mutual encouragement.

While the parent attends DivorceCare, children ages 5-12 can participate in DC4K.   Each week a video presents divorce-related topics from a child’s perspective. Caring adults facilitate discussion and offer support.  Children also learn about and discuss their feelings through fun activities such as crafts, music, role-playing, stories and games.  DC4K provides a safe, neutral place where children are validated as they process the divorce and learn to cope.

All are welcome to attend DivorceCare and DC4K.   Registration is required. To register or request additional information, please e-mail the registration coordinator at or phone 410-465-2977. For additional information, visit or

Called to Serve?

If you are a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church and feel that you may be called to serve as a Stephen Minister, please complete the application in the link below and return it to First Lutheran Church, ATTN: Pastor Gigie Sijera-Grant or email it to The Stephen Ministry training requirements are: 50 hours of learning skills and concepts, participation in supervision meetings, a minimum of 2 years of service, commitment to preserving confidentiality and continuing education.

Stephen Minister Application


Stephen Ministry meets the diverse needs of people.

  • hospitalization
  • terminal illness
  • new or departing residents
  • grieving a death or serious loss
  • homebound and institutionalized
  • prison term or release
  • job crisis
  • aging/elderly
  • living with disabilities
  • life transitions
  • separation/divorce
  • birth or adoption
  • spiritual crisis


Stephen Ministry is confidential ministry; your concerns are held in respectful privacy.

If you or someone you know need a Stephen Minister, please send an e-mail with your contact information to

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)