To make a difference in the lives of those around us by imitating Christ and spreading his love – one person, one heart at a time.
There is one true God who reveals himself to the world as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, commonly referred to today as the Trinity doctrine (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus, the Son of God, is our one and only Lord and Savior. He was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins and rose from the dead after three days. (John 14:6, Acts 2:22-24)
The Bible is the only written message of God and is inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)
A person is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:23-25).
Each individual must, through faith and obedience, reach out to receive this free gift of salvation when they are mature enough to understand the consequences of their sins (James 2:14-26, Luke 14:25-33).
When people are baptized, their sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit begins to work in their lives (Acts 2:36-41).
Only baptized individuals are members of God's church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
The greatest command in the Bible is as Jesus stated in Matthew 22:37-39: to love God with all your heart and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. While salvation is based on grace and not our good works, Christians have a responsibility to live and work for God as laid out in the Bible. This includes helping others to become Christians (Matthew 28:18-19), training or helping one another to love God and stay faithful to Him (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 3:12-13, Colossians 1:28-29), and serving the poor and needy (James 1:27).
Love God. Love people.
Steve and Bonny Stephenson were baptized into Christ in Gainesville, Florida in 1977 and entered the ministry in 1989. They have served in Orlando, Jacksonville, and New Orleans. After leading The New Orleans Church from 1997 to 1999 prior to moving to Orlando, they returned to NOLA in 2007. They bring a love for God, the church and the City of New Orleans.
The Stephensons have three children, Bryanna (Bynum), Zack and Lydia Stephenson, and two grandchildren (Sam & Darcy Bynum).
Steve received a BA in English and a BS in Agriculture from the University of Florida. Bonny has a BS in Nursing from the University of Florida and has recently retired to care for her parents who live with them.
The Stephensons have been married since 1977. The strengths they bring to The New Orleans Church are their strong beliefs in Faith, marriage, family, unity, love, compassion, encouragement, and how to enjoy life while serving as Christians.