About Macedonia New Life Church

Who We Are

Macedonia New Life Church is a predominantly African-American congregation of approximately 864 worshippers. Our church is rooted in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and anchored to the solid rock of Faith. In worship, fellowship, and service, God is praised and exalted. Our ministry is "holistic" in that we minister to the spirit, mind, and body of those in our care. Our ministry touches the lives of thousands each week through worship services, Bible Studies, television, and print media ministries. Our evangelistic outreach brings needed assistance to many persons in our community and elsewhere.

Our Purpose Statement "To be a light on a hill, helping people to see, seek and serve Jesus Christ." To achieve our "mission" we call each disciple of our church family to personally and intentionally commit to a "5 Step Strategy" that will enable each of us to fulfill this mission and L.I.G.H.T. the way to Christ. L.I.G.H.T. (Live, Invest, Give, Help, Take)

Meet Our Pastor & First Lady

Dr. Joe L. & Brenda Stevenson

The LORD is my light and my salvation
— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1


Reverend Dr. Joe L. Stevenson is a noted theologian, academician and prognosticator of the gospel. For almost 40 years, he has carried the mantle proclaiming the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

A native of Crawford, Mississippi, Dr. Stevenson first acknowledged God’s anointing at an early age. In 1980, Stevenson accepted God’s calling into ministry and was ordained to preach by Reverend Joe A. Stevenson of St. Joseph Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Stevenson first pastored the Temple of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri for six years. During this time, he hosted a full-time Gospel radio ministry. Subsequently, he would go on to serve as pastor of New Liberty Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan for 16 years as God blessed the ministry to grow from 500 to 1000 disciples. In 2006, Dr. Stevenson was positioned to lead Macedonia New Life Church in Raleigh, North Carolina where he has served as senior pastor for 13 years. He considers it to be his assignment to lead this great church in shaping the future for Christ’s church. As a church planter, Dr. Stevenson and Macedonia New Life Church are nurturing Iglesia Hispana Macedonia.

In addition to Dr. Stevenson’s full-time ministry at Macedonia New Life Church, he held administrative and teaching positions at the first historically Black institution of higher education in the South, Shaw University. Stevenson served as Director of Continuing Education and remains at Shaw University Divinity School as an adjunct associate professor. Stevenson has also served as an adjunct professor at Myers Taylor School of Religion, Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Academic courses taught by Dr. Stevenson include Pastoral Care, Church Administration, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation and Social Activism, Person in Prayer and Spiritual Disciplines.

Dr. Stevenson is committed to professional, civic and social organizations. He is the former chairman of Friends of Detroit City Airport and former Board Member of the Raleigh Urban League. He served as the Second Vice President of the Baptist Missions and Education (B.M.&E.) State Congress of Christian Education, Director of Ushers and as the Field Missionary for the Prospect District Association of Churches. Currently, Dr. Stevenson holds a seat on the Board of Directors for LUCC ltd., and is a member of the Ecumenical Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and his beloved fraternal organization, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Dr. Joe Stevenson earned a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling, Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry in Formational Counseling and Pastoral Care from Ashland University located in Ashland, Ohio. He cites the psalmist David as a favorite biblical reference and adds, much like David, God’s light gave him clarity; clarity to seek salvation and in turn, God gave him covering to sustain him throughout all facets of life. Since being selected as a mentor for the Lilly Pastors of Excellence Program in 2003, he shared this mantra to mentor pastors in their professional development for healthier congregations of Jesus Christ. Now, he continues to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ internationally. He toured the Vatican City and Ancient Rome. He has lectured and preached in Lusaka, Ndola, and Sioma all in Zambia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and serves on the advisory committee for the inception of the Shikaru Leadership Academy.

Dr. Joe Stevenson and his wife, Brenda, a Wake County Public School educator, are blessed to be the proud parents of five children--three sons LeVaughn, Joseph, and Brennan; and two daughters, Makiea & Briona. They have eight grandchildren – Khloe, Londyn, Victoria, Nora, Michelle, Joey, Kaleb, and Ezra.

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