Rev. Stephens is a fourth generation Preacher from Plain Dealing, Louisiana. He serves as an associate minister at the New Shiloh Baptist Church of Baltimore Maryland with Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr.
A civil rights and community activist, Rev Stephens, coordinated “Ride for Pride”, organizing several buses from Maryland to march on the South Carolina State House to protest the Confederate Flag. Rev Stephens is the founder of the Clergy Legislative Breakfast, a forum that provides legislative updates about current issues and public policy to clergy leaders. He also, assisted with the book, The Black Mega-Church, by Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs.
As President of the New Shiloh Village Broad, over 10 million dollars in funds were obtained to build an 81 unit senior building. Rev. Stephens served as the liaison for the Mayor of Baltimore City for the National Baptist Convention when it was held in Baltimore. The convention provided over 50 million dollars in revenues for Baltimore City and State of Maryland. He also assisted with the National Urban League Conference and NAACP Convention when they were held in Baltimore City.
Rev. Stephens has volunteered with the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention on public policy and media issues. He is active with the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland. Rev. Stephens works with all faith groups throughout the State of Maryland. Some have said if you want inroads into the faith community, “Get Rev. Stephens, he makes it happen."
For over thirty years, he has worked as a public relations consultant with Stephens and Associates providing outreach services to those seeking elected office, non- profits and private companies. He has helped with public relations, event planning, media relations, community outreach, relationship building, public awareness campaigns, education on public policy, grass-tops, grass- roots groups including community-based and faith- based groups.
Rev. Stephens has held senior positions in local, state and federal agencies. He is currently the Community Outreach Director for United States Senator Benjamin Cardin where he works closely with the faith community, organizing events, citizen participation and engagement. Many say, Rev. Stephens keeps the Senator connected to the community by having a presence in the community.
A native of Plain Dealing, Louisiana, and Rev. Stephens attended Carrie Martin High School which was named after his Aunt, a pioneer in education. He later graduated from Plain Dealing High School after the schools were consolidated. Rev. Stephens is a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has a degree in Political Science. He has also attended The Determined Biblical & Theological Institute of Baltimore, Maryland.
He holds memberships in the inaugural class of the Associated Black Charities Leadership Program, New Shiloh Baptist Church, NAACP, Phi Beta Sigma, Minister’s Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity, Southern University Alumni Federation, The Interdenominational Ministers Alliance, Visit Baltimore and The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund.
Rev. Stephens is a recipient of many awards including the Fulwood’s Foundation award for community service, an Unsung Hero for Philanthropy, Community Award from the NAACP of Baltimore City, the Interfaith Leadership Award from the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, the Made Man Award and the Master Series for Distinguished Clergy. These are just a few awards for his service within the community.
Rev. Stephens has been married for over thirty-seven years to Paula, a retired administrator from the State of Maryland and a Morgan State University graduate. Their two daughters are fourth generation graduates of Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Candice, a graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Brittany, a graduate of Lincoln University, Central State University. Brittany also have a leadership certificate in education from Harvard University. They have one grandson, Master Ashton Isaiah.