Our worship messages are simple, practical and apply Biblical standards and principles that people of all backgrounds can base their lives upon and use to embrace a new life in Christ. At St. Stephen, you can grow and develop a deeper relationship with God to become all that He wants you to be.
We would love for you to experience the loving atmosphere in our small church by being our guest next Sunday!
St. Stephen loves children! We provide a loving, caring, safe, and gospel-centered environment. It is our goal to effectively minister to your child and show them the love of Christ while you are able to enjoy the service without distraction or diversion. Children are invited to come into worship with their parents for the first part of the service, and are then dismissed to a Children's Church.
Our Nursery is staffed with a loving, caring attendant. The Nursery is adjacent to the sanctuary, making it convenient for parents to be close to their little ones. There is also a soundproof family room where one may still see and hear the church service. The nursery is for infants and toddlers up to age 3 and is conveniently connected to the sanctuary. Parents can check their children in before services begin, or bring their infants into the sanctuary. A "cry room" is available in the event your infant becomes unsettled so that you can watch and hear the service from behind sound-proof glass.
St. Stephen offers a very casual and relaxed atmosphere. Don't feel like you need to wear anything special to be accepted by us or by God. Come as you are - be who you are! (shorts, jeans, suits, ties, business casual, flip flops, t-shirts - you'll find it all). Just come with an open heart.
Doug became pastor at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in July 2017. He grew up in San Diego, serving in youth ministry while a student at San Diego State University. He taught high school for a couple of years in the inner city of San Diego before enrolling at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey to explore pastoral ministry.
After graduating with a Master of Divinity from Princeton, Doug became pastor of Plumsted Presbyterian Church in New Egypt, New Jersey. A year later, Princeton Seminary called him to serve as a Visiting Lecturer in preaching in addition to his pastoral duties. He later returned to southern California and joined the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena in 1984. Over the years Doug has taught courses in preaching and communication, serving for a time as Fuller's Director of Chapel.
He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller, with further graduate study in Scotland. He has served on several occasions as an interim pastor for churches in the US and in England, including at the historic City Temple in London. He has presented papers at theological conferences, spoken at numerous churches and colleges, and has taught at Allahabad Bible Seminary in India.
Doug is delighted to be serving again as a pastor, especially in our small congregation! He is helping St. Stephen Presbyterian Church become a loving and growing community which studies the Word, worships the Lord, and prays for each other. Join us!
John became our Worship Leader in July, 2017. John writes “my life is about sharing my musical knowledge, using my talents to help other performers create inspiriting music, and now sharing my own music with the public in hopes that it brings them pleasure and a sense of peace.” The listing of his career accomplishments is very lengthy in a wide variety of styles and sensibilities and as he has showcased his abilities as a pianist, composer, vocalist, and arranger, in virtually all art forms of music…he’s performed everywhere from the Grammy Awards®, to the Nobel Peace Prize to the Michael Jackson Memorial concert, from a cappela choral work to full symphony orchestras. John’s skill and commitment have made him a go-to-professional in vocal coaching, recording projects, and faith based performances in local churches and Japanese Akira Takimoto Ministries. He provides instrumental music for digital and streaming sights as well as being seen in high profile commercials for Apartments.com (in a Superbowl 50 spot), Chrysler and Hewlett Packard.
Since beginning formal piano lessons at 8 years old, John has lived a life in music, and he is passionate about sharing that music with the world.
|Jay Clifford||Elder of Finance and Preschool|
|Gloria Ellis||Elder of Personnel & Fellowship|
|Carol Gorton||Elder of Worship|
|Bette Williams||Elder of Outreach and Mission|