Care & Prayer


We all experience times when we are in need of healing, whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual. Sometimes we just need someone who will listen. Sometimes we need the support and healing power of prayer. Sometimes we need the guidance of a pastor. Whatever the situation, there are a number of different ways we can partner with you as you travel your own road to wholeness.

One-to-One Care: Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in the Bethany community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Both men and women will find support and encouragement through a relationship with a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministers are available to meet with those in our church community who are experiencing divorce, grief, unemployment, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness, or any number of other life challenges. You will usually meet with your Stephen Minister for an hour a week for as long as you are benefiting from the relationship. Trust is essential to a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry.

Once a year, men and women interested in becoming Stephen Ministers are invited to apply and be trained to come alongside others to care for a range of need areas in people’s lives. To become a Stephen Minister, email us for an application.

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Prayer Ministry

At Bethany, we believe in the power of prayer, along with confession and forgiveness, to bring about healing of heart, soul, mind, and body. We also believe in the vital importance of interceding for one another in prayer as an ongoing element of our life together. Questions? Contact Don Riggs, Pastor of Care

Sunday Prayer Team

This group of trained prayer ministers is available to confidentially pray with worshipers immediately following each service.

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Prayer Chain

This team of behind-the-scenes prayer warriors is on call continually to receive prayer requests via email and to pray as needs are submitted from within the church family. If you would like prayer or would like to join the Prayer Chain, please email Nancy Repenning.

Deacon Ministries

One of the ways we seek to foster a culture of care at Bethany is by ministering to church family members in practical ways. When a person's already established community of family, friends, small group, or ministry team is unable to fulfill a particular care need, Deacon Ministries is prepared to stand in the gap. We have identified four areas of concern in which we desire to minister proactively in intentional and specific ways:

  • Material Assistance (monetary help, budget planning and management)
  • Practical Helps (work projects, transportation, meal support, childcare)
  • Care Visitation (hospitalization and rehab, shut-ins, widows, and single moms)
  • Crisis Support (bereavement, unemployment, extended or terminal illness)

If you have need in one of these areas, we invite you to contact us—we will meet with you, assess your particular concern together, and come alongside you to minister in whatever way may be most helpful. If we're unable to serve you appropriately and effectively, we'll seek to refer you to someone who can. Contact Don Riggs, Pastor of Care

Serve with Deacon Ministries

Because Deacon Ministries is an emerging ministry at Bethany, we're in the process of building a network of volunteer care teams to join us. If you have a compassionate heart and love to serve others in practical ways, we would like to talk with you.

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Emotional Healing

At Bethany, we desire to create an environment where people can learn how to respond to the obstacles, disappointments, and pain that are part of life in today’s world. The goal is to teach unchanging principles that will provide hope for the future, healing for the past, and lay a foundation for healthy living and meaningful relationships.

Spiritual Journey

Upcoming Dates TBD

If you're feeling stuck in any area of your life, this may be the class for you! Spiritual Journey is a small-group experience and a healing environment of truth telling that teaches people to respond in healthy ways to obstacles and disappointments, avoid carrying pain from unresolved conflicts, gain wisdom to move past victimhood, learn principles for hope and healing, and lay a foundation for meaningful relationships. Questions? Contact Phil Maulding, Pastor of Congregational Life.


Counseling is often an important help and support to people seeking resolution and restoration around a range of issues in their lives. Some of our pastoral team are available to minister in this way as appropriate. We also maintain a strong referral network. Contact Pastor Don Riggs with questions or to make an initial appointment.