Stephen Ministry


Living Savior Lutheran Church has been a Stephen Ministry congregation for more than 25 years.  Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.  The rich blessings of Stephen Ministry include:

Our congregation has a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment:  “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 ESV).

Our Pastor has a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people on an ongoing basis.

Laypeople can nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.

People who are hurting have a compassionate companion—a caring Christian friend who provides emotional and spiritual support.

Living Savior has four Stephen Leaders and 14 trained Stephen Ministers (as of March 2020).  Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of initial training and meet twice monthly thereafter to support one another and receive continuing education.  Living Savior Stephen Ministers have served more than 125 care receivers since 1994. For more information on receiving a Stephen Minister, or becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact any of our Stephen Leaders:  Pastor Alexander, Karen Hoppert, Andrew Westlund, Valorie Westlund via the church office at (503) 692-3490.

To learn more about this international ministry that has reached more than 13,000 congregations since 1975, please visit the Stephen Ministry web site at

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