Dr. Michael Stephens
Interim Executive Minister
Michael C. Stephens was born in Parkersburg, graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1966, studied Agricultural Engineering at WVU in Morgantown for two years before transferring to Alderson-Broaddus College, where he majored in Social Sciences, met his wife Sherry (Wieland), whom he married after graduation in August of 1970. During his time at Eastern Baptist Seminary, he served as youth pastor at FBC Mt Holly, NJ and Upland BC near Chester, PA and managed an apartment complex in North Philadelphia. Sons Scott and Tim were born in 1971 and 72 respectively, and Mike received his Master of Divinity in 1973.
He served FBC Arcade, NY 1973-74, worked in an interdenominational youth ministry in Springville, NY 74-76, and his daughter Julie was born in 1975. In 1977, Mike, Sherry and family returned to WV, where Mike continued bi-vocational ministry working in home construction while serving as Youth Pastor at Broadway BC 1977, then as pastor and builder of Belleville BC 1977-80. Back in full time ministry, Mike served as pastor of Enon BC near Salem, WV 1980-87, during which time his daughter Rachel was born in 1981, and he received the Doctor of Ministry to Marriage and the Family in 1987. 1987-1996 he served as pastor of Baptist Temple in Parkersburg, before becoming Northwest Area Minister in September, 1996. In 2003, he also became Director of Leadership Ministries and School of Christian Studies.
Mike still indulges his passion for farming by rolling up round bales and tending Limousin cattle on the same farm on which he grew up at Washington, WV. He and Sherry have a total of seven grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 24. He also indulges his passion for mission by encouraging and mentoring Christian leaders from West Virginia to Nicaragua.
Mike became the Interim Executive Minister of the West Virginia Baptist Convention in late August 2017.