Congregational Care

Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

First Broad Street’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

What is a Stephen Minister?

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need

How can I get a Stephen Minister?

Speak with one of our pastors about receiving care by a Stephen Minister.  They then will contact a member of the Stephen Ministry Leader Team who in turn will call you to set up an appointment to meet with you.   Everything is kept in strictest confidence.

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  Mention your desire to one of our active Stephen Ministers.  Training of interested persons will be done in a group, not individually.

Who are active Stephen Ministers?

Brad Overturf, Melanie Watson, Jim Harless, and John Wilson are Stephen Ministry Leaders; Patsy Pilgrim, Mary Ann Harless, Jan Donnelly, Betsy Geiger, Mary Margaret Denton, Eric Fritz, Retta Overturf, Beth Geno, Linda Morton, Roy Geno, Todd Dickson, Frances McConnell, Chris Taylor, Tim Cornett, and Ethel Bwawa are active Stephen Ministers.

Parish nurse ministries

What is a Parish Nurse?

A Parish Nurse is a professional nurse who works in a church setting.  She works to promote wholeness so that parishioners stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit. She visits or calls those who are sick, grieving, or coping with changes. She serves as a resource, and advocate, and as a connector between those who desire to serve and those who are in need of help.

Who is our Parish Nurse?

Our Parish Nurse is Joy Eastridge, RN, BSN.  She joined our staff in January of 2005.  A graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1983, Joy has worked in a variety of settings as a nurse including pediatrics, medical/surgical, home health and hospice. Joy has a wonderful husband and three adult children. She enjoys walking the dog, cooking and reading in her leisure time.

What does a Parish Nurse do?

The Parish Nurse extends and expands the ministry and outreach of the laity and staff.  She spends part of her time in ministry with individuals, visiting one-on-one in the hospital, in her office or in homes. She also coordinates various outreach ministries of the church, including Crossroads Medical Mission, Halo Haircuts, Blood Drives, CPR Instruction, Visitation Ministry, Casserole Distribution, Stitch and Pray, Card Ministry, Home Communion, Bereavement Ministry, Caregivers Support Group and classes on topics of special interest.

How can I get in contact with the Parish Nurse?

Joy is available in her office here at First Broad Street on a part-time basis but will answer calls and emails promptly. Her office direct line is 224-1512 and her email is

Regular Monthly Parish Nurse Events

(please check the church calendar for confirmation)

  • Blood Pressures – second Sunday in chapel 9:15-9:45
  • Caregivers Support Group – 1st Wednesday
  • Crossroads Medical Mission – 2nd Thursdays
  • Halo Haircuts – twice a month on Mondays