Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges. The role of a Stephen Minister is to listen and care, not to advise or give counsel, and to recognize when a person’s needs exceed what they can provide. Stephen Ministers maintain only one caring relationship at any given time and usually meet with their care receivers on a weekly basis. Confidentiality is preserved at all times by not discussing care receivers by name or by implication. For referral, please contact Mary Ellen Burum at the church office at 940.464.1333 or


Seeking and caring for the spiritually hurting.


To Seek the hurting, to Grow servants and Serve with the compassion of Christ.


Glorify and Honor God –We are committed to making sure that God is the One who is praised for the work we are doing.

Refuge for the Hurting–Through AUMC’s Stephen Ministry we want to provide hurting people compassion, care and Christ’s healing love by serving them through Stephen Ministers. Bare One Another’s Burdens–God wants us to love, encourage and care for one another and not allow anyone to suffer alone. Through Stephen Ministry we provide one-to-one care and encouragement. Lay Ministry–We value high-quality, distinctively Christian lay ministry and incorporate this at AUMC by equipping people through Stephen Ministry.

If you are interested in having a Stephen Minister help you through a life crisis or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Mary Ellen Burum at