Rev. Dr. James E. Stevenson
Scott United Methodist Church
Reverend James E. Stevenson, Sr. was born in Brooklyn, New York. As an adolescent, he went to reside with his grandparents in South Carolina. While attending Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, North Carolina (on a full football scholarship), he answered God’s call to ordained ministry. During the same summer (1980), James gave up his full football scholarship and transferred to Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina to pursue his religious studies.
After graduating from at Claflin University (Cum Laude, BA, 1984) and Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta Georgia (Cum Laude graduate, M. Div, 1988), Reverend Stevenson pursued additional studies at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Reverend Stevenson recently received his Doctor of Ministry, Degree at Azusa Pacific University, Haggard Graduate School of Theology in Azusa, CA. (December, 2008) dissertation Navigating Through Church Merger: Administrative and Pastoral Aspects.
Rev. Stevenson served in various roles for 15 years in the South Carolina Annual Conference. While serving in the South Carolina Annual Conference, he served at nine churches during his tenure. His appointments were: in Pendleton, South Carolina, Bethel and Central churches, from 1985 to 1988: in Easley, S.C., Easley Chapel and John Wesley, from 1988 to 1990: in Hartsville, S.C., Centenary and Kingsville churches, from 1990 to 1996: and, in Cheraw, S.C., Bethel, Mt. Zion and Wesley churches, from 1996 to 1998.
While serving in the South Carolina Annual Conference, he was a member of several ministries and councils: South Carolina Department of Mental Health Action Council; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Chairperson of the District Superintendency Committee; Conference Board of Church and Society; Conference Board of Religion and Race; DCOM; and Board of District Cooperative Ministries.
In July 1998, Reverend Stevenson transferred his membership to the California-Pacific Annual Conference and was appointed as pastor of Scott United Methodist Church in the Pasadena District, for the past 15 years having the longest pastoral tenor in the life of Scott’s ministry. Reverend Stevenson is the past chairperson of the Pasadena District Board of ordained ministry. Reverend Stevenson is the current Vice- Chairperson of the California-Pacific Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He is also a member of the Conference Leadership Team and Conference Executive Committee. Reverend Stevenson is an Adjunct Professor at Azusa Pacific University, Haggard Graduate School of Theology in Azusa, CA. He also currently serves as an on call Hospice Chaplain for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.
Driven by a fire that you can’t put out, Reverend Stevenson fondly known as “Big J”, strongly believes in the motto, “if you are faithful to God, God will be faithful to you”. Tirelessly laboring in Gods Vineyard, Rev. Stevenson is personally ambitious and unselfish, industrious in his service, human in sympathy and sane on social questions, democratic in temperament, ever zealous in the gospel of grace and redemption, fearless in denouncing evil and upholding what is deemed true and right.
Pastor Stevenson is married to Sara E. Bibb-Stevenson. Sara has served as District President of United Methodist Women and Secretary of the California Pacific Annual Conference Clergy Spouse Committee. Reverend Stevenson and Sara have two children, James E. Stevenson, Jr. and Brandin E. Stevenson.