Stephen Ministries

 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 six years.  Sue Peck currently serves as Stephen Leader.  Individuals serving as Stephen Ministers who have been trained in care giving and are currently serving as ministers are Susan Kreno and Nort Seaman  While Pastors are on the "front lines" of care, especially during times of crisis, there are times when a person needs more ongoing, individualized 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.  They provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing grief, unemployment, hospitalization, loneliness, divorce, financial stress, a terminal illness, or other life difficulties.  To learn more about Stephen Ministry, and to watch online video stories about the difference Stephen Ministers are making in people's lives, please click here:  Stephen Ministries
Advent is currently searching for individuals who would like to be trained as Stephen Ministers.  If you feel called to serve in this ministry, please contact
Pastor Chris or Terri Seaman.

Terri Seaman

Joined Advent in 2003. Trained as a Stephen minister in St Louis in 2017. I am the mom to three children, all who are actively involved at Advent. I serve on the preschool council board and play handbells. I have previously taught preschool and Sunday school and have participated as chaperone on youth retreats. I help to train Stephen Ministers, to provide continuing education and supervision and to build awareness of Stephen Ministry at Advent. 




Nort Seaman

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.



 Susan Kreno
Susan has been at Advent since 1994. She has been in vocal & handbell choirs. 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 also our consolation is abundant through Christ".

Toby Carney
I am a 19 year old studying marketing at West Chester University and enjoy every minute of it. My membership at Advent Lutheran began in the beginning of 2014 right around the time I applied to be a Stephen minister. Although I am not the most active member of Advent I feel very well fit to serve in my position as a Stephen Minister at our congregation; with my 50+ hours of training, knowledge of Christ's life and ways, and all of the other gifts God has given me.

John and Terri Dettinger

New members at Advent, they look forward to bringing their Stephen Ministry training and experience to Advent.

If you would like to talk confidentially to someone about receiving care, please email Terri Seaman at