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 and Linda Erwin currently serve as Stephen Leaders.  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
Sue Peck.


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.



 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 also our consolation is abundant through Christ".
If you would like to talk confidentially to someone about receiving care, please email Sue Peck (