DISTRICT ELDER RON E. STEPHENS, PASTOR
Elder Stephens is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a graduate of Soldan High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He continued his education at Louis University where he received a Master’s Degree in Management.
Elder Stephens was employed with METRO (formerly Bi-State Development Agency) as Service Area Director of the DeBaliviere Station for thirty-three years.
Elder Stephens is a former member of the Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served under the tutelage of the late Bishop James A. Johnson.
He served in many capacities such as president of the Bethesda Temple Young People’s Department, instructor at the Bethesda Temple Bible Institute, President of the Bethesda Temple Men’s Ministry and as a Sunday school teacher for the Relationship Building Class. He also served as President and Auxiliary Director of the Midwestern District Council Men’s Ministry, Secretary to the Advisory Board.
Elder Stephens is an ordained minister of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. For over thirty years he has traveled extensively preaching and teaching the Gospel in Germany, Israel, England and the United States.
Elder Stephens was installed as pastor of the Temple Church of Christ in 2008. He is the fourth minister to hold the position as pastor at Temple Church of Christ in the church’s 98 years of history. Under his leadership and with the help of the Lord the congregation has grown from 13 to approximately 200 members. “Hitherto has the Lord helped us!”
Elder Stephens is married to Dorretta (Marks) Stephens and is the father of two daughters and a son, Sophia, Sarah (Biobele) and Sam.
FIRST LADY DORRETTA D. STEPHENS
Lady Stephens was saved in London, England at Calvary Temple United Pentecostal Church, under the leadership of three fine pastors, Rev. Mervyn D. Miller, Rev. James Dallas and Rev. S.G. Sappleton.
She received a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Ministry from St. Louis Christian College in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a diligent worker and has served in various capacities such as: Young People President, Sunday school teacher, praise and worship leader, choir director, prayer band leader, president of the Ministers wives.
She is currently employed as the Corporate Secretary for the Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. (her former church) under the leadership of the Honorable Bishop James A. Johnson.
Lady Stephens is married to Elder Ronald E. Stephens, Pastor of Temple Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith Inc. She is the mother of two daughters and one son, Sophia, Sarah and Samuel.
One of her favorite Scriptures: It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~ Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV)