St. Stevens Baptist Church was established in June of 1847.
At St. Stevens Baptist Church we welcome ALL to partner with God as He converts the sinner into a "Saint" and then equipping all Saints to face the challenges of this world, while remaining faithful to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Our "Mission" is to share the love of Christ in our communities where we live, the places in which we work and to every person that we meet.
WHAT WE DO
"WE PUT JESUS FIRST"
Through Love And Faith
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FIND YOUR FAITH
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Matthew 17:20He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
OUR CHURCH HISTORY
God’s hand has been upon St. Stevens Baptist Church, as evidenced by our history, and by the grace of God, the congregation is still here. Founded in 1847 with 97 members, by 1860 the membership of St. Stevens had almost doubled in size to 190 members. A thriving church in 1863, it was destroyed in a fire by Civil War soldiers.
Rebuilding began soon thereafter and was completed in 1874, yet the building met the same fate of destruction by fire. Until the church was rebuilt, the congregation met for services at an old school house on Batna Road. A gift of land was given to St. Stevens by Dr. Edwin Barbour in 1886. The third church building was erected with all the lumber being cut by hand. A third fire at St. Stevens caused the congregation to attended church at Shiloh Baptist in Brandy. The old sanctuary that is used today as a dining room was built in 1916, and the new sanctuary was built in 1990. St. Stevens Baptist Church is a living testimony to unyielding steadfastness in worship and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The pastor during the new building of 1886 was Reverend Ship; and some of the members were Deacon Jim Lewis, Deacon Marlow Robinson, Deacon Sam Giles, Bro Willie Newman, and Bro Harry Mack. Some of the Mothers of the church were Sis Ella Lewis, Sis Bettie Newman, Reverend Willie Williams, Reverend Clifford McDonald, Reverend Norman A. Gray, and Reverend Stephen Wiley (who recently retired in February 2009).
The members of St. Stevens Baptist Church give all honor and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our collective prayers for a preacher and teacher as represented in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 have been answered as we the body have recently been joined with Reverend Derrick J. Mathis Sr., in April 2011, who is now serving as our Pastor.