Greetings to you and all those that are important in your life. I pray that you are resting comfortably in the grace and peace of Christ. My name is Anthony L. Dockery, and I am the proud Pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church. Thank you for giving us some of your priceless time by visiting our website. We pray that it serves as a spiritual enrichment tool wherever you may be on your journey with Christ.
At St. Stephen, who we are, what we do, and how we do it is simple. We strive: To Be God’s Servants, To Be In God’s Service, and To Serve God’s People. These three steps ensure we have a relationship with Christ, the Church, and our Community.
To give you a little history about my story, I was born in Orlando, Florida, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I met my beautiful wife Yvonnie in a skating rink in 1987 and married her in 1990. I attended the University of Laverne and received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. I also attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree.
I enjoyed a 21 year military career in the United States Air Force and California Air National Guard as a Pilot. I have been blessed to be a member of St. Stephen since January 1990, when I started as the Youth Minister. In 1999, I came on fulltime as Minister of Education and Youth. In 2007, I was elected Executive Pastor, and then elected as Senior Pastor in January 2008. We serve an AWESOME God!
Now that you have been introduced to St. Stephen and me, we look forward to formally meeting you. Please come join us for a worship service, bible study, musical, or sporting event on our campus. We know God has blessed you with some unique gifts and talents, so our prayer is that you couple your gifts with these at St. Stephen for God’s ultimate glory. Again, thank you for taking the time to visit us online. Prayerfully, it has motivated you to visit us in real life. Make a Great Day.
Your Servant, Tony Dockery
We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. We believe salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.