Stephen Ministry

Everyone experiences challenges in life—times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide that support by offering one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing a wide range of life struggles and crises.

Stephen Ministry logoOur Savior’s has been a Stephen Ministry congregation since 1988, offering support to almost 600 people in need of a listening friend. More than 350 lay volunteers have gone through the 50 hours of in-class Stephen Ministry training in that time, and more than 300 of them have been commissioned as Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministry continues to be a vital part of OSL’s Caring Ministries program.

Stephen Ministers meet as often as needed with their care-receivers, praying with and for them, listening to their concerns, and offering them the support and encouragement they need in difficult times.

If you are going through a difficult time, or know someone who is, and would like to know more about receiving the support of a Stephen Minister—or if you wish to learn how you could be part of OSL’s Stephen Ministry team—contact Pr. Timothy Lemme (605-336-2942, ext. 19, or

See what a difference Stephen Ministry can make in your life!
Recently, OSL member Jim Green spoke about how the trained, compassionate care of a Stephen Minister has helped him through a difficult period in his life:
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View care-receivers’ stories at the Stephen Ministries website.