Stephen Ministry

First United Methodist Church of Conroe

Stephen Ministry may be a quiet ministry here at FUMC – Conroe, but it is a powerful one.

Week in, week out, our Stephen Ministers meet privately with their care receivers, providing a listening ear and emotional and spiritual support. Stephen Ministers are lay people. They are Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in their lives, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. They come from all walks of life and they have the same calling- to bring Christ’s love and care to people during their time of great need.

A Stephen Minister typically meets with his or her care receiver once a week for about an hour. These compassionate caring relationships last as long as the need is there—perhaps only a month or two, in the instance of someone recovering from surgery, or possibly a year or more, in the case of someone grieving the loss of a loved one.

“ It is  an amazing experience to see God work through our Stephen Ministers  to change the life of another person.” 

Are you hurting, and would you like to speak to someone who will listen to you? Please call or email your address and we will contact you. You can also fill out the Request a Stephen Minister Form.

Call Rev. Janet Stilwell at 936-756-3395 or 

Interested in being a Stephen Minister? Training will begin in September, so start the process today by emailing Anita Natale at 

Join us on May 7th at 12:15 in room 102 for a Taste of Stephen Ministry! We will be answering questions about the process of becoming a Stephen Minister. All are welcome to attend. Click here for a video that explains more about one person's experience with becoming a Stephen Minister.