Rev. Kenneth Haugk Extended Interview

Watch more of correspondent Deborah Potter’s interview with the pastor and clinical psychologist who founded Stephen Ministries in 1975.


  • Nancy Stephens

    I am a Stephen Minister in Cary, NC and value my training in that it has helped me outside the traditional caregiver role in Stephen Ministry. I volunteer at a retirement home in Cary and use all the wonderful skills learned several times a week as I visit with my dear friends there.

  • Pat Turner

    So glad to see this in your publication/programing. I have been a Stephen Leader for nearly 8 years and can attest to the value of this ministry. Is it possible to obtain copies of the tapes/DVDs that deal with the Stephen Ministry?

  • Barbara Cressman

    I am a recent graduate from the ELCA’s Diakonia program and have been looking for a ministry within my church. As a former psychiatric nurse, esp. focused in geriatrics, I believe the Stephen ministry program would be of help for me. My pastor, also, has expressed an interest in perhaps forming such a group within our Lutheran church.

  • Ruth Carlson

    Our ELCA congregation in California has been a Stephen Ministry Congregation for several years. As both a Stephen Minister and a Stephen Leader, I have experienced the deepest blessings of being allowed to share in the lives of hurting people. As a nurse trained in a Christian university I had many of the basic skills of a Stephen Minister. BUT, it was the intensive training that made all the difference in my life as a lay care-giver. I highly recommend Stephen Ministry!

  • T. Jean Ormston

    I am so delighted that this tape has been made public. I have been a Stephen Minister for three years and have just returned from Leardership Training in St. Louis , Mo. WOW!!! What an intense week it was. There were 391 participants attending and it was just wonderful. Pam Montgomery was one of our instructors and she was outstanding as was Rev. Haugk and his daughter. I am excited about bringing fresh ideas back to my church which is John Knox Presbyterian in North Olmsted, OHio. We are in our 20th. year of Stephen Ministry and it just keeps getting better. There are so many people in this world that are hurting and it is a Blessing to be a part of this Ministry.

  • Barbara Snyder

    Could you make this talk available to Stephen Leaders on DVD?

  • Lyle Jennings

    I have one more lesson and on June 1, 2010 we will have our commissioning program. I look forward to becoming a Stephen Minister. I know that this is a great program and that it is helping so many people and this is one of the things that GOD commissioned us to do. I am in Tyler,TX

  • Wyman Bess

    I am blessed to be a Stephen Ministry Leader at Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Carrollton Texas a suburb of Dallas. We have had Stephen Ministry in our congregation since 1991. Due to the many members who have stepped forward and said; “Here am I send Me” and be trained as a Care Giver we have literally extended thousands of hours of one-on-one Christ Centered Care Giving to those in need. We have extended care from a broken bone to the death of an infant.

  • Joan House

    This ministry has just begun in our parish – Pax Christi Catholic Church in Colorado. I am honored, blessed, and humbled to be both a Stephen Minister and a Stephen Leader. This piece was the best way of recruiting care receivers and care givers! Thank you for airing it and making it available to so many. It allows a close-up view of the ministry and the theology behind it. Thank you, again!

  • Carol Belliveau

    I have been in the posistion of a care reciever from a Stephen Minister in my church, Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church in Connecticut and was so impressed and helped by this ministry that I became a Stephen Minister over a year ago. I am so grateful for being a part of the ministry and the fact our church has been open to making it available to hurting people.

  • Jeannine Jenks

    I was blessed with a Stephen Minister when I was going through the painful separation with my daughter and her new husband. From that I was blessed to be trained as a Stephen Minister (SM) and was active in the ministry for fourteen years. I was blessed probably more that my Care Receivers as they were by my ministry to them. I consider this to be God’s equation: any time you do something for another person out of Christian love, you get back more than you feel you gave. The Rev. Kenneth Haugk is right: Christianity is not a spectator “sport.”

  • Art Schrieber

    I am a Stephen Minister(inactive) with Bonhomme Presbyterian Church and found I learned so much about people through my training with Srephen Ministries, that I have to other volunteer work also as I did not have many assignments through my church. I worked with hospice patients, and currenty volunteering with the St. Louis Alztheimer’s Association.. I turned to this cause after losing two sisters to this horrible desease. There are 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease currently, and every 70 seconds a new individual is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, this number with the disease will grow to to sixteen million by mid mid-century. Stephen Ministers must be aware of this threat and do our share of comforting both the afflicted and their caregivers.

  • Annette Sullivan

    Do you have a Stephens Ministries in Georgia?

  • Ceci Hughett

    I am a Stephen Leader in Winston-Salem. This is a very rewarding ministry and it is true that God is the Curegiver.

  • Richard Gassmann

    Is there a Stephen’s Ministry on Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod? Also, in or near Asheville NC?