Meet Our Pastor & First Lady
Dr. Joe L. & Brenda Stevenson
In 1984, Dr. Stevenson and his family moved from St. Louis to Kansas City, Missouri. During a 6-year residence in Kansas City and pastoring at the Temple of Faith Missionary Baptist Church for the last six of those years, he conducted a full-time radio gospel ministry. The divine intervention of the Holy Spirit led him to relocate with his family to Detroit, Michigan, in August 1990 in acceptance of the call to pastor the 500-member New Liberty Baptist Church. During his 16 year pastorate at New Liberty Baptist Church, God profoundly blessed the ministry to over 1,000 members. In May 2006, Dr. Stevenson accepted the call of the pastorate of the Macedonia New Life Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, a transitioning church in a transitioning city. Dr. Stevenson considers it to be his assignment to lead this great church in shaping the future for Christs church. As a church planter, Dr. Stevenson and Macedonia New Life Church, is nurturing the Iglesia Hispana Macedonia.
In 2003, he was selected as a Mentor for the Lilly Pastors of Excellence Program This selection positioned Dr. Stevenson as a mentor to pastors resulting in the professional development of pastors for healthier congregations of Jesus Christ. Dr. Stevenson is an adjunct professor at Ashland Theological Seminary, Detroit, MI. Dr. Stevenson has taught classes on Pastoral Care, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation and Social Activism, Person in Prayer, and Spiritual Disciplines.
Dr. Stevenson is a highly regarded office holder and member in the Ecumenical Council, conventions, and congress on the state and national level. He served as the Second Vice President of the Baptist Missions and Education (B. M. & E.) State Congress of Christian Education, as Director of ushers and served as the Field Missionary for the Prospect District Association of Churches. Always an active force in civic and community affairs, he is the former Chairman of Friends of Detroit City Airport, holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Eastside Emergency Center, and is a member of the Empowerment Zone Ecumenical Council (EZEC). Dr. Stevenson is a Board Member of the Raleigh Urban League; he holds a seat on the Board of Directors of LUCC; and a member of the NAACP. Dr. Stevenson and his wife Brenda who is an educator in the Wake County Public School District, have five children--three sons LeVaughn, Joseph, and Brennan; and two daughters Makiea & Briona.