The members, family and friends of Rev. Danelle Stephens gathered on June 8 to celebrate ‘Pastor’s Love Day’ in honor of Stephens 10 years of service to Ezra Emmanuel Ministries (EEM).
Rev. Danelle M. Stephens was born on March 4, 1961 to the proud parents of the late Rev. E. H. Stephens, Sr. and Bertha J. Stephens in Memphis, Tenn. Danelle Stephens accepted Christ at Oak Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of his father. Due to the untimely death of his father in 1972, his mother persisted in keeping Stephens and his brother in church. Pastor Stephens gives credit to his mother for being a single parent and spiritually mentoring him in the things of God. When his family moved their membership to New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church where his grandfather, the late Rev. Hugh Morris served as founder and pastor. Stephens served as a junior deacon, ordained deacon, percussionist, and transportation specialist.
When Rev. Stephens came to Nashville in 1983, he attended The Temple Church and under the leadership of Bishop Michael Graves, he announced his calling to the ministry. Shortly thereafter, he united with Golden Gate Baptist Church under the direction of his brother, Bishop E. H. Stephens, Jr.
Rev. Stephens has also owned two successful transportation and limousine companies. He is a member of the IMF (Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship) and served the AFLCIO. He served under two presidential administrations at Fisk University. Stephens has also pastored Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Smyrna, Tenn.; New Life Ministries in Murfreesboro and Columbia, Tenn.; and Mt. Sinai Presbyterian in Nashville.
This day of celebration was observed with two worship services. The 9 am worship services consisted of praise and worship, praise dancing, scripture reading, announcements and a worship of giving.
Although Stephens resides in Nashville, he has traveled for the past 10 years to Clarksville, Tenn. each week to his church home, EEM, located at 2606 Union Hall Road.
Elder Daron Lakes gave the morning message. Lunch was served immediately following the morning worship services.
At 4 pm, another celebratory worship was held in honor of Rev. Stephens that provided more of the same high-spirited worship with Elder Daron Lakes as the officiant.
The afternoon services included an opportunity for reflections by the members of Ezra. Sentimental and touching remarks were made by some of the young men that Stephens affectionately refer to as his “sons”; his daughter, Carmen; his mother, Mrs. Bertha Stephens; and First Lady Cosanya; along with several other members gladly entrusting Stephens with their spiritual journey.
According to members of EEM: “God’s man answered the gospel call and yielded his life as a humble servant, a man who is willing, as was the apostle Paul. We see this as he stands in the pulpit, an instrument through which God speaks the words of wisdom, of love and peace, to lead and guide all those whom God seeks.”
Mother Kinnaman was recognized with a special tribute as the only surviving charter member of Ezra.
Danelle Stephens’ only sibling, Bishop Edward Stephens of Golden Gate Cathedral, traveled from Memphis as the special guest, to deliver the spiritual message.
The Ezra Emmanuel Ministries (EEM) Choir offered praise and worship. The guest choir, Golden Gate Cathedral Choir, provided other musical ministry.
Rev. Stephens is married to Lady Cosonya Stephens and he is the father of Carmen, Kristofer, and Khristian.
Ezra Emmanuel Minis-tries is located at 2606 Union Hall Road, Clarksville, Tenn. where the faithful pastor is Rev. Danelle Stephens.
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