The logo tells the story of our journey from brokenness to wholeness through the transforming power of the cross of Jesus. It serves as a simple reminder that it is not the Stephen Minister who restores a person to wholeness–rather, it is through the cross of Jesus that a person can be made whole.
Advent has participated in the Stephen Ministry Program for over four years. Currently, Allen Johnson and Sue Peck serve as "leaders" and Marge Greenwald, Jim Nussbaumer and Nort Seaman serve as "ministers" involved in care giving. Additionally, Susan Kreno and Linda Erwin are being trained to be care givers. While Pastors are on the "front lines" of care, especially during times of crisis, there are times when a person needs more ongoing, one to one care than a pastor can provide. Stephen Ministry provides a Biblical solution. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide. Stephen Ministers confidentially reach out with God's love to people who are hurting to both congregation members and nonmembers alike. Common challenges faced by individuals for which a Stephen Minister may be helpful include; loss of a loved one, medical issues, relationship issues, loss of job, aging, loneliness etc. For more information, about Stephen Ministry, please click here: Stephen Ministries
Allen served as a college faculty member for 33 years at West Chester University, including service as Department Chair and Interim Assistant Dean. He has been a regular church attendee at Advent since the early 1980’s. Upon retiring, Allen regularly participates in the adult Wednesday morning bible study group, the 9 AM Sunday school hour, and actively assists with Stewardship. He attended the Steven Ministry Leadership training course in Pittsburgh, Pa. in August 2010, and has served as a Stephen Leader since that time, helping with publicity and continuing education.
Sue Peck Bio
Sue became a member of Advent in 1984, and she was trained as a Stephen Leader in Pittsburgh in August 2008. She is the wife of Jim, mother of three grown children, and grandmother of Logan. She has worked full time at Delaware County Assistance Office since 1978 and is currently a casework supervisor. She has served on church council and her interests include bells, choir, and the Women’s Gathering in addition to Stephen Ministry. She has helped to train Stephen Ministers, provide continuing education and supervision, and help to build awareness of Stephen Ministry at Advent.
Nort Seaman Bio
Since 1973 I have had the privilege of being with the Sunday School program, on and off, for about 30 years. The choir took me on when auditions were no longer required. I have been involved with the landscaping projects for many many years and have had the honor of serving on the Church Council. However the greatest gift I have received has been my training and service with the Stephen Ministry program.
Marge Greenwald Bio
I was born, lived and educated in Wisconsin. As a registered nurse served in the US Air Force. Married to Warren and we have three adult children and 4 grand children. Have been a member of Advent since 1995 and have been a part of the Altar Guild, Quilting, Bells, Adventurers. Hospitality, Communion Assistant and Assistant Minister ministries. After completing the Stephen Ministry course have had two clients and have visited "shut-in members" with communion.
Linda Erwin Bio
Linda looks forward to being commissioned as a Stephen Minister in April 2013. After 27 years in public service, she feels God has called her to serve Him in this ministry. She enjoys currently serving Him as a Communion Assistant, Altar Guild member, and Greeter. Linda is grateful to the Lord for her loving Christian parents.
Susan Kreno Bio
Susan has been at Advent since 1994. She has been in vocal & handbell choirs and participates in adult Bible study on Sunday morning. Susan is wife to David, mother of two daughters and is an IT Project Manager. Her Stephen Ministry motto comes from 2 Cor 1:4-5 "so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction...so also our consolation is abundant through Christ".
If you would like to talk confidentially about receiving care, please e-mail Sue Peck (email@example.com) or Allen Johnson (AJohnson@wcupa.edu) .