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Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV)


Are you struggling with something in your life? Do you know someone who is hurting, or grieving or just having challenges with stress in their lives? If so, then perhaps a Stephen Minister would be of value to you, a loved one or a friend and neighbor.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is one-to-one lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting, going through a crisis, grieving or just having challenges coping with life’s daily stress.

Learn more about Stephen Ministry here:

Hear Care Receivers tell their stories:

How to connect or request a Stephen Minister:

Contact St. Helena Church 610-275-7711

Deacon Ken Belanger at 610-279-8042 (

Michele Gerstemeier at 610-584-0862 (

John Schieve at 610-662-2209 (

Our History

  • Graduated 12 Stephen Ministers in October 2014 after 50 hours of training
  • Built relationships with over eight Care Receivers
  • Continue our training and education on a monthly basis
  • Host Peer Group meetings every other week to discuss process techniques

Our Mission:

St. Helena Stephen Ministry is devoted to providing the highest quality, confidential lay care to parishioners and non-parishioners who need someone to walk their challenging journey.

Global Stephen Ministry by the numbers:

  • Stephen Ministry began in 1975.
  • Is now in more than 12,000 congregations from more than 170 Christian denominations, in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 28 other countries.
  • More than 75,000 pastors, church staff, and laypeople have trained as Stephen Leaders (those who oversee and direct Stephen Ministry in the congregation) at a Leader’s Training Course.
  • More than 1,000,000 people have trained as Stephen Ministers (laypeople who provide care to those who are hurting) in their congregations.
  • More than one-and-a-half million people have received care from a Stephen Minister in a formal one-to-one Stephen Ministry caring relationship, and millions more have been touched by Stephen Ministry in many ways.

Our Members:

Leaders and Facilitators:

Deacon Ken Belanger
Michele Gerstemeier
John N. Schieve

Stephen Ministers:

Ann M. Keane Elizabeth V. Wilson John Janick
James McLaughlin Janet DeSante Karen L. Kelly
Kathleen Sheehan Mary Agnes Klenk William L. McKernan III
Helen DeLeonard

May God, through the intercessions of St. Helena and St. Stephen, bless us all.