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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is an integral part of AGIF’s mission to equip global disciples to do
what Jesus is doing.

Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our
congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Whether you are looking for a supporting person here in Shanghai or whether you feel
uniquely called to care for others in a time of need, see below for more info on who might
benefit from a Stephen Minister or how to become a Stephen Minister.

When and how do I get a Stephen Minister?

If you are experiencing any of the situations listed below, you would benefit from a Stephen Minister:

  • Transition
  • Loneliness
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • Divorce or separation
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Hospitalization
  • Loss of a loved one
  • A chronic illness
  • A terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • Relocation

There are three ways you can get a Stephen Minister:

  • Take a “Gather-Connect-Serve” card from the pocket in front of your seat at any of our weekend gatherings and tick “I’d like a Stephen Minister”
  • Talk to one of our Pastors or Stephen Leaders
  • Email stephenministry@agifshanghai.com

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

AGIF trains Stephen Ministers with 50 hours of training every fall, using high-quality curriculum provided by Stephen Ministry St. Louis in the U.S. We also provide ongoing support and supervision for Stephen Ministers.

Candidates must submit an application form that can be obtained at stephenministry@agifshanghai.com , and undergo a vetting process that includes an interview and reference checks. The 2014 training course begins Saturday, September 6.

For more information see the FAQs or Email stephenministry@agifshanghai.com

Our Team

Stephen Leaders

Nate ShowalterSenior Pastor, Elder Chair

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Position at AGIF: Senior Pastor, Elder Chair

About: Dr Nathan D. Showalter was one of the founding leaders of Abundant Grace in 2005 and has served as senior pastor since 2008. Before moving to Shanghai in 2003, Nate worked in leadership and community development in the U.S., Asia and Africa, serving for eight years as pastor of Taipei International Church and for six years with World Vision in California, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

An ordained Mennonite minister, Nate is married to Dr Christina Lee who works as an executive coach and management consultant in addition to her ministry with Abundant Grace. Their son Eli works as a graphic designer in New York City. Nate holds degrees from Eastern Mennonite University (B.A. 1971 cum laude), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A. 1977), Lancaster Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1980), and Harvard Divinity School (Th.D. 1990).

James Baumgartner

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Misook Hong

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Christina Showalter

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Position at AGIF: Senior Pastor, Elder Chair

About: Dr Nathan D. Showalter was one of the founding leaders of Abundant Grace in 2005 and has served as senior pastor since 2008. Before moving to Shanghai in 2003, Nate worked in leadership and community development in the U.S., Asia and Africa, serving for eight years as pastor of Taipei International Church and for six years with World Vision in California, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

An ordained Mennonite minister, Nate is married to Dr Christina Lee who works as an executive coach and management consultant in addition to her ministry with Abundant Grace. Their son Eli works as a graphic designer in New York City. Nate holds degrees from Eastern Mennonite University (B.A. 1971 cum laude), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A. 1977), Lancaster Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1980), and Harvard Divinity School (Th.D. 1990).

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Jane Lin-BadenElder, Stephen Leader

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Eric Baden
Eric BadenOperations Director, Stephen Leader

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Position at AGIF: Operations Director, Stephen Ministry Leader

Moved to Shanghai: He moved to Shanghai with his wife in 2003, overall he’s been in Asia for 24 years.

Favorite place: Home

Find him at: AGIF on Saturdays or Sundays, AGIF Office on Wednesdays

Jacquie Adams
Jacquie AdamsElder, Stephen Ministry Leader

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Name:  Jacquie Adams

Position at AGIF:  Elder, Stephen Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2011

Favorite place, restaurant, or activity in Shanghai: Any rooftop restaurant on the Bund (at night!)

Loves: Hot, spicy foods! If she comes to dinner at your house, make sure you have Srirachia and Chili Sauce (but if you don’t, she carries my own!)

When Cooking: Jacque sometimes imagines that she is hosting my own cooking show! If no one is home, she’ll even practices my lines out loud.

Find her at: Facebook [Jacquie Adams] LinkedIn [Jacquline Adams]

Family: Husband: Alfred; two teens: Alfred III & Taylor; one very spoiled poodle mix: Hershey

Fav Bible Verse: Phil 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

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Position at AGIF: Operations Director, Stephen Ministry Leader

Moved to Shanghai: He moved to Shanghai with his wife in 2003, overall he’s been in Asia for 24 years.

Favorite place: Home

Find him at: AGIF on Saturdays or Sundays, AGIF Office on Wednesdays

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Name:  Jacquie Adams

Position at AGIF:  Elder, Stephen Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2011

Favorite place, restaurant, or activity in Shanghai: Any rooftop restaurant on the Bund (at night!)

Loves: Hot, spicy foods! If she comes to dinner at your house, make sure you have Srirachia and Chili Sauce (but if you don’t, she carries my own!)

When Cooking: Jacque sometimes imagines that she is hosting my own cooking show! If no one is home, she’ll even practices my lines out loud.

Find her at: Facebook [Jacquie Adams] LinkedIn [Jacquline Adams]

Family: Husband: Alfred; two teens: Alfred III & Taylor; one very spoiled poodle mix: Hershey

Fav Bible Verse: Phil 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Stephen Ministers

Sunny Pratt

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Agnes Pujol

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Oscar Pujol

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Marguerite Sdrigotti

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Florence Shea

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Elly Tanadi

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Bud Valade

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Bing Li

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Chin Valade

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Vivian Hou

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Manoj VarugheseElder Vice Chair

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Blanche Fan

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Sajitha Varughese

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Kent Estes

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Haifeng Wang

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Nilushi Dissanayake

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Alison Dillemuth

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Terena Clarke

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Jessica Makona

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Joshua Paul

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