Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or nearly any other type of crisis situation.

Ann McCarthy was born in Minnesota and lived there for three weeks before her family moved for the first of many times. Ann met her husband, Sean, at the University of Illinois. They’ve been married for 35 years and have two grown children. Ann & Sean have been at All Souls since 2005. She was raised going to church, but was born again about 30 years ago. Ann has been influenced by the writings of N.T. Wright, Beth Moore, J.I. Packer, Dallas Willard, and C.S. Lewis. She loves to travel, cook, read, and spend time with family and friends. Ann dabbles in languages (speaking none of them well) and is currently learning about deciphering Maya hieroglyphs.

Galen Dalrymple and his wife, Laurel, have been married over 50 years and have three children (two sons and one daughter) and six grandchildren. They have attended All Souls since 2019. Galen’s hobby is photography of all sorts – though nature landscapes are his favorite thing to shoot. His favorite movie is Gladiator because it speaks a lot to and celebrates great character traits such as loyalty, honor and integrity. Galen serves as one of the Stephen Ministry Leaders — with Dcn. Rob Lewis and Dcn. Joy Unger — and was also a Stephen Leader at the church he pastored in northern California.

Joel Erickson is married with five kids under the age of 9. Born in Marshfield, WI, Joel has been a Christian for 38 years and a member of All Souls for 11. His mother taught him that faith isn’t about feeling the right things all the time, and that God’s grace can always be trusted. Joel’s favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Fyodor Dostoevsky, W.H. Auden, George Herbert, and St. Augustine. He is in the process of discernment regarding a call to the priesthood in the ACNA. In his spare time he enjoys talking, reading, listening and playing music (guitar), movies, board and video games, and skiing. The Big Lebowski makes him laugh and think.

Laurel Dalrymple was born and raised in California, was an RN for a short time, and has also been a music director at a small church in northern California. Laurel’s hobby is knitting, and she loves music, travel, and being the mother of three and grandmother of six! She is a dog lover and avid reader, with some of her favorite authors being CS Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, Jane Austen, Robin McKinley and Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher).

Born in Iowa, Monica LaBrot has been married for over 25 years and has two grown kids. She became a Christian 20 years ago and has been at All Souls for four years. She served in the Illinois National Guard as a Sergeant First Class with the 404th Chemical Brigade during Operation Desert Storm. Monica’s favorite movie is The Princess Bride because it is so funny, and reminds her not to take herself so seriously. Her spiritual mentor was her maternal grandmother.

Rachel Tsen has been at All Souls since late 2010; she joined while she was in college. Rachel is currently a hopeful social work graduate student. She likes gardening and being outside, but also enjoys her student rate access to Hulu. 

Fun fact: Rachel broke someone’s teeth when she was a teenager.

Deacon Rob Lewis and his wife, Tammy, moved to Wheaton from Connecticut in 2010, and began attending All Souls in 2011. He became a deacon in 2018. Rob is a Nashotah House grad and has worked in many fields, including pastoring, marketing, and writing. Both Rob and Tammy enjoy celebrating life with friends around the dinner table. Rob began to appreciate the value of the Stephen Ministry system when he served on its leadership team while working with several care receivers at an Episcopal parish in Brookfield, CT, and is delighted to be involved with Stephen Ministry again at All Souls.