Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry pairs trained lay people with individuals in need of Christian companionship during times of life crisis such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment of job crisis
  • Terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • Chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • Many other life challenges

Stephen Ministry is confidential. The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private. You do not need to be a Wilshire member to receive care from a Wilshire Stephen Minister.

Wilshire has many trained Stephen Ministers available for assignment. To learn more about receiving care from a Stephen Minister, send an email to our dedicated email address ( or call 214-452-3176. 

To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Linda Garner at 214-452-3151. New training classes are offered once a year. Ready to apply? Fill out and return this Stephen Minister Application by mail to Linda Garner’s attention at Wilshire or by email to