Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise– “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.-Ephesians 6:1-4
Supt. Charles A. Stevenson, Sr., obeyed this scripture, which made it easy for his children to obey it. He could easily win a “Father of the Year” award! He has been able to prioritize where other pastors have failed. He taught us that God is first, and family is second. The church should complete the trinity of our lives. Actually, he taught us so many lessons about life that his sayings have been shared with countless friends and colleagues.
His touch has been so effective and far-reaching that he has been given the name that God chooses for those He uses to do His will – Servant. Preaching the gospel with such power and conviction, he has been called the “preacher’s preacher” and earned the nickname, “Son of Thunder.” Supt. Stevenson is the Founder of the former Choudrant Church of God in Christ, now Progressive Church of God in Christ.
Furthermore, he is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Bethel COGIC located in Monroe. He also serves as the Pastor of the Epps COGIC in Epps, Louisiana. Not only does Supt. Stevenson serve in the local churches, he has also served in many capacities at the church’s state level. He is currently the District Superintendent of the Progressive Community District, First Jurisdiction of Louisiana. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Superintendents.
Supt. Stevenson is a firm believer in lifelong learning. He graduated from C. H. Mason Bible College and served as the Dean of the Monroe Chapter for nearly 35 years. In addition, he has a Certificate of Continuing Education in Theology from Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He is also supporter of the Interfaith Ministry, which led to him being the first African American pastor to preach in a Jewish synagogue in Monroe.
He is also known as an excellent husband, father, and grandfather. Since he taught his children I Corinthians 11:1, all of them work in the ministry. One son is a pastor, and the other son is an ordained elder. One daughter is a missionary, and another is a psalmist. His youngest daughter, yours truly, is a prophetess. As proud as he is of his children, we are equally proud of this Man of Honor!
Will you join us in prayer for God to continue to bless and keep him?