First Baptist GeorgeTown

Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-to-one, distinctively Christian care to individuals who are currently experiencing life difficulties. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains confidential. Stephen Ministers are members of First Baptist Georgetown who have been trained to be a listening ear and helpful guide through your challenging times.

A Stephen Minister is...

  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
  • A Christian companion who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages.
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long there’s a need.

A Stephen Minister is not...

  • A professional counselor or therapist.
  • A problem solver.
  • A casual visitor.

Kathy Edwards

Mike Bezner

Denice Finch

Steve Tatro

In What Kind of Situations Can a Stephen Minister Help?

We all experience challenges in life—times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you need when faced with any difficulty or crisis, which could be any number of situations. Here are some examples, but your needs do not have to be limited to one of these:

  • Relocation
  • Life Transition
  • Stress related to child-rearing
  • Stress related to caring for a loved one
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement 

  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • Terminal or chronic illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption or infertility
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • Deployment of a loved one for military service

How Do I Get a Stephen Minister Assigned to Me?

Use the form below or contact the church office at 512-869-2586 if you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister. You can also use this form to ask any questions you may have about Stephen Ministry.

How do I Become a Stephen Minister?

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please fill out the application below and complete the Spiritual Gifts Inventory via the link provided. Submit both to David Griffin, FBCGT Care Pastor.

Stephen Minister Application

Annual Training and Regular Meeting Times

  • Training for Stephen Ministry is conducted annually.
  • Classes begin the first Monday of January (unless that falls on January 1) and run through mid-May.
  • Classes meet from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • After completing 50 hours of training, trainees are commissioned as Stephen Ministers.
  • Stephen Ministers meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month for continuing education and peer group supervision.
  • Stephen Ministers also meet at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (except November and December) for peer group supervision only.

Current Stephen Ministry Leaders

Dr. David A. Griffin (Care Pastor), Jerry Bryant (Ministry Coordinator & Men's Referral Coordinator), Bob Fuller (Training Coordinator), Mopsie Cavo (Supervision Coordinator), Carey Thomasson (Women's Referral Coordinator), Bev Hochtritt (Continuing Education Coordinator), Gerry Hoerster (Awareness Coordinator), and Richard Norton (Supervision Coordinator).


Subscribe to the email newsletter.


There are many ways to get plugged-in here at FBG. Get involved today!