Stephen ministry

Our Stephen Ministers extend the care of the congregations to those with a variety of needs.


Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.


We all experience challenges in life - times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as - 

  • loss of a loved one
  • hospitalization
  • divorce or separation
  • loneliness or discouragement
  • spititual crisis
  • unemployment or a job crisis
  • a terminal illness
  • incarceration
  • aging
  • birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • a chronic illness
  • relocation
  • recovery after an accident or disaster
  • and many more.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.


Could you or someone you know benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister? Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister? Contact Fred or Bev Kapelle, our Stephen Leaders, at (830) 896-0544 or contact the church office at (830) 257-3310.

congregational care

Our congregation is fortunate to have a Director of Congregational Care on staff. Gretchen Rye works with our pastoral staff to assist families facing transitions due to aging, hospitalizations, or long-term care, and to our shut-in members, in addition to assisting in visitations of sick and home-bound residents, and residents of long-term care facilities.


For more information, please contact Gretchen at (830) 257-3310 or grye@fpckerrville.org.  To learn more about Gretchen, click here.