Wakefield Central Baptist Church’s Pastor
 
Dr. Joel L. Stephens
 

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching

Aug 2006 to Dec 2008

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

 Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages

Aug 1997 to May 2005
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Aug 1992 to Dec 1995 
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE:

Senior Pastor – Westfield Baptist Church

2001 to Present                   

Minister of Children and Youth – Bannertown Baptist Church

 1998 to 2001

 Youth Pastor – Pleasant View Baptist Church

1997 to 1998                  

MISSIONS EXPERIENCE:

Hungary, Romania (2013-2015) –

Served on the charter faculty of the Roma Bible Institute to “Gypsy” Pastors in Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine.

Oak Hill, West Virginia (2012)

– Lead 23-member team to assist in distribution of school supplies to underprivileged children.

Indonesia (2011)

– Served as part of a three-member team representing the NC Baptist State Convention to investigate a new partnership with South China Sea Region. Preached in local churches and lead pastors’ training conferences.

Gulfport, Mississippi (2005)

– Led a nine-member team from Westfield BC to aid in disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina.

Eastern, North Carolina (2003)

– Led a two-member team from Westfield BC to aid in disaster relief and provide counseling following Hurricane Isabel.

Capetown, South Africa (1996)

– Served as part of a 12-member team to lead in revival services at Northpine BC, participated in door-to-door evangelism, and served in relief aid to the squatter camps.

Encouraged, equipped, and mobilized other members of WBC in missions to Haiti; Ecuador; Japan; Honduras; Israel; Thailand; Kenya; Charleston, SC; Gulfport, MS; West Virginia and Eastern NC.

DENOMINATIONAL SERVICE:

2016~present: First Vice-President of the NC Baptist State Convention

2015-2016: Second Vice-President of the NC Baptist State Convention

2012-2014: Chair of the Committee on Convention Meetings for the NC Baptist State Convention

2012: Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Committees

2009-2010: Executive Committee of the NC Baptist State Convention