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Blacksburg United Methodist Church is now a Stephen Ministry congregation!


Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers — Stephen Ministers —to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.

Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Blacksburg UMC launched our Stephen Ministry program on November 11, 2018 with the

commissioning of eleven new Stephen Ministers who have each completed 50 hours of training and are ready to begin providing care to those in our congregation who are going through difficult times. Our eleven new Stephen Ministers join two other BUMC members who received Stephen Ministry training in their previous congregations. Steven Cass, Libby Pettigrew, and our pastor, Ralph Rowley, have each received training as Stephen Leaders to oversee our program.


If you believe that you or someone you know would benefit from having a Stephen Minister, please send us an email by clicking here.

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please let us know by clicking here.

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