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. Along with Fr. Rob Lewis, Ann serves as a Stephen Ministry Leader at All Souls.

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.

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.

Father 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 and a priest in 2022. 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.