By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Meet the folks willing to help you
Stephens Ministry
Desireee Johnson - photo by Photo provided.
Many people, whether they admit it or not, have considered ways to serve others. To many, the desire to help fellow men, women and children is a continuous voice or vision, often brought on by a life-changing event.
There are many ways to be of service. Lend a helping hand to a neighbor, friend or relative in need is a great way to get started.
Military members certainly are familiar with the concept of serving others. The experience they gain from being deployed and serving at home may reinforce the connection they feel to others.
Mothers often help out at their children’s schools. They  join the PTA or become scout leaders,  teacher’s assistants and volunteers.
There are others who take care, kindness, compassion and love to levels far beyond what most people encounter in their daily routines. These people are driven by a passion to dedicate their lives to helping others. They are driven by Christ’s love in their hearts and lives to do all they can to share their faith, feelings, life experiences, backgrounds, education and energy with those who need them. These people come from all walks of life, all age groups and occupations. They have true hearts of service.
As the director of Stephen Ministry at First Baptist Church, I have been introduced to some of our community’s finest people. They answered the call of service to become Stephen Ministers. I would like to introduce the members of our Stephen Team, who work every day in our community to serve so many.

Craig Dunham   
“Doctor D,” as we affectionately refer to him, is a retired Army chaplain with the 3rd ID. He served soldiers all over the world for more than 20 years.  He lives in Hinesville with his family and is a certified guidance counselor with the Liberty County School System and a professor of religious studies at Brewton-Parker College. Craig is driven to serve the Lord with care and compassion by reaching out to those in need in our community.

Paulette  Stetzer  
Paulette is a Hinesville native who worked 25 years as an English teacher in the Liberty County School System. She is a true servant of her faith and has spent many years helping others and reaching out to those in our community.  

Ray Lancia   
Ray is a retired 3rd ID soldier. He is an ordained minister with a background of service to fellow soldiers, community members and those in the penal system of Georgia. Ray and his wife, Kathleen, have spent years working to meet the needs of many right here in Hinesville.

Becky Carter   

Becky has been an active member of many organizations at local, regional and state levels.
She has been a teacher of gifted education in the Chatham County school system and now is a member of the Liberty County Board of Education. She has been a devoted servant to her church, the Lord and many area families.

John Stetzer   
John is a retired 3rd ID Army officer. He has served as a church leader and as an adjunct professor at Savannah Technical College. John installed the first micro computer at Fort Stewart. His service and dedication to others in the community is an inspiration to everyone who knows him.

Desiree Johnson
Desiree has been a career soldier with the 3rd ID. She is driven to help those in the armed forces and in the community. She has a heart of service, insight to meet the needs of those around her and the dedication to serve the Lord.

Judy Scherer  

Judy has spent her life serving the Lord and countless children. She has been a dedicated educator for 30 years.
Judy has a doctorate degree in education and other graduate degrees in inter-related special education and child development. She is and always has been eager to reach out to those in need, especially people dealing with family or developmental issues.

If you or someone you know could use the compassionate care and dedication of a Stephen Minister — in total confidence, on a one-on-one basis, free of charge — call John at 320-7840 for a confidential appointment.
Sign up for our e-newsletters