Lonnie Fenton
Minister of Congregational Care

There are a number of areas for you to both serve and be served in regard to the SHUMC Care Ministry. We provide visitation and support to those who are hospitalized or shut-in, support groups for those who are grieving, and opportunities to give back by helping others who are in need.

Hospital Visitation

Benevolence Ministry

Grief Support Classes

Quilting Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Care Teams

Take a Deeper Look


Get to know a little more about each different area of the Congregational Care Ministry. You are able to both attend and serve in different areas. Some may require training to participate.

What are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are trained to provide confidential, one-to-one, same gender, Christian care to adults 18 and older for one hour a week. Stephen Ministers listen to you, care for you and walk through your difficult circumstances with you. A Stephen Minister is not a counselor, a casual visitor, or a home caregiver.

Who Can Benefit?

Stressful situations happen to all of us, and sometimes they are too much to bear alone. Persons who can benefit includes those who are hospitalized, grieving the loss of a loved one, separated or divorced, experiencing job loss, caring for a sick or elderly family member, recovering from an accident, going through birth, adoption or infertility.

How Do Referrals Work?

If you know a person who is hurting and in need of Christian care, tell the person you believe they would benefit from having a Stephen Minister. With their permission, contact Lonnie Fenton. He will contact the person to determine if there is an available Stephen Minister for them.

Who We Are

Stephen Ministers are trained laypersons that come alongside persons in need of comfort and support
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Stephen Ministries has helped more than 11,000 congregations implement Stephen Ministry
Sugar Hill UMC has ten trained Stephen Ministers.


Benevolence is the desire to help someone or a feeling of goodwill toward others. Benevolence can also refer to an act of kindness or charity. Our benevolence fund is used to aid families with unexpected or high medical expenses, victims of natural disasters, the unemployed, the underemployed, and others in similar circumstances. If you are in need of assistance please contact Care Minister, Lonnie Fenton .

Give to the Benevolence Fund

The Care Teams write cards, make calls, home visits, visit members in hospitals and visit members who are not able to worship corporately. If you love people, enjoy sharing life with others and want to be a blessing, please contact Lonnie Fenton to join this rewarding ministry.

Members of this ministry design and produce “prayer quilts” for those going through illness or difficult times. Each knot in the quilt represents a prayer lifted up in their behalf by the SHUMC family. Sewers and non-sewers alike are welcome to serve in this ministry.