BBR - 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, he informs others about the issues of the day and public policy. Rev Stephens, coordinated the “Ride for Pride”, organizing several buses from Maryland to march on the South Carolina State House to protest the Confederated Flag. Rev Stephens is the founder of the Clergy Legislative Breakfast, a forum that provides legislative updates to clergy leaders. He assisted with the book, The Black Mega-Church, by Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs.
While serving as President of the New Shiloh Village Broad, over 10 million dollars in funds were obtained to build an 81 unit senior building. A second senior building is being planned in the future. Rev. Stephens served as the liaison for Baltimore City for the National Baptist Convention when it was held in Baltimore, ensuring that the attendees enjoyed both the city and convention. The convention provided over 50 million dollars in revenues for Baltimore City and State of Maryland.
Rev Stephens has also works closely as a volunteer with the Progressive National Baptist Convention on public policy and media issues. He is also active with the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland which represents over 250 churches in the State of Maryland.
He has served as a Public Relations consultant with Stephens and Associates for outreach reach to grass-tops, grass- roots groups including community-based and faith- based groups. Many consider, Rev. Stephens as an outreach expert to the religion community as well as hard to reach groups. He has connected people with issues, projects and public policy. Others have said, when you want to connect with the community, get Stephens who is connected. He has provided outreach services on behalf of the Maryland Public Service Commission, BGE, The Resolution Trust Company, and Clinton/Gore for President, Cummings for Congress, March Funeral Homes, Ketchum Public Relations, Diebold Voting Systems, and Cardin for Senate and others.
Rev. Stephens has held senior positions in local, state and federal agencies. He is currently a senior staff member for United States Senator Benjamin Cardin. He is responsible for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, the statewide faith community and special projects. Many have said he has established a close relationship between the Senator and the beloved community by having greater access and presence in the community.
A native of Plain Dealing, Louisiana. Rev. Stephens attended Carrie Martin High School which is named after his Aunt, a pioneer in education; He is a graduate of Southern University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a degree in Political Science. Rev. Stephens has attended classes at the The Determined Biblical & Theological Institute of Baltimore, Maryland.
He was a member of the inaugural class of the Associated Black Charities Leadership Program. Rev. Stephens is a member of the, New Shiloh Baptist Church, NAACP, Phi Beta Sigma, Baptist Ministers of Baltimore & Vicinity, The IMA, Visit Baltimore, 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 , an award from the NAACP of Baltimore City for his commitment to the community are just a few for his service within the community.
Rev. Stephens has been married for over thirty-four years to Paula, a Morgan State University graduate who is a public relations consultant and a retired administrator. They have two daughters, who are fourth generation graduates of HBCU’s, Candice, a graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shores and Brittany, a graduate of Lincoln University and Central State University. Brittany also has a leadership certificate from Harvard University. They have one grandson, Master Ashton Isaiah.