Our Mission Statement

Care Receiver Testimony

A care receiver shares his experience with the Stephen Ministry program at Tampa Covenant Church.  As a result of his care receiver experience, God later called upon him to became a Stephen Minister to provide care for others.

“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2

 TCC Stephen Ministry

What are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members called and trained to provide Christ centered, confidential, one-to-one care to people who are hurting and in crisis. They meet once a week to listen and walk alongside their Care Receiver. This relationship will last as long as needed.

What are Care Receivers?

Care Receivers are a member of the congregation or the community who receives care from a Stephen Minister. Care Receivers are people struggling through a difficult time in life experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

How can I arrange to have a Stephen Minister?

Email our Referrals Coordinator, Jayne Masters, at [email protected] to request care from a Stephen Minister.

Note: Your request will remain strictly confidential since Jayne is the only person who can access and read emails sent to the above address.

How can I become a Stephen Minister?

Contact the church office at 813-968-2979 to speak to one of the Pastors or to our Referrals Coordinator, Jayne Masters.

You can email us at [email protected] for any information about the ministry or the process to become a Stephen Minister.

Also, please view the Stephen Minister Training video for information on training requirements.

Caregiver’s Compass

The four points of the Caregiver’s Compass illustrate what Stephen Ministers are all about:

  • We have COMPASSION for the care receivers’ spiritual, emotional, or physical issues.
  • We are FULL OF FAITH because we rely on God—not our own actions—to bring hope and healing to our care receivers. 
  • We become SKILLED through our initial training and twice-monthly supervision and continuing education.
  • Care receivers depend on our TRUSTWORTHINESS—confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry.
At the center of the compass and at the center of our ministry is our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST, who heals through us and fills us with faith, love, and forgiveness.

Stephen Ministers

Martha Crane, Cathy Davidson, Wayne Kail, Diane Davis, William Dobson, Charisse DuBois, Jan Wilkerson, Kathy Mayer, Richard Mayer, Diane Grey

Stephen Minister Leaders

Daniel Masters, Jayne Masters, Mark Farrell

Stephen Minister Training

Frank, Diane, and Charisse talk about the training they received to become Stephen Ministers at Tampa Covenant Church.