About Us


We welcome you to St. Stephen’s Community Church, United Church of Christ where “God is Still Speaking,” (we are still listening, believing and doing God’s work) and we are “Building Strong and Committed Disciples”. We are a blessed congregational church located at 1007 Kimberly Drive in the city of Lansing, Michigan, conveniently located at the intersections of Interstate 496 and Highway 127. 

We are an open and welcoming body of Christ, “No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”  Located near the Michigan State University campus and the Frandor shopping area we are blessed with diverse gatherings from all walks of life seeking to engage God and God’s people. 

St. Stephen's Sunday worship experience begins promptly at 10 A.M. where we enjoy the presence and Spirit of the Lord. Please feel free to come and experience God with St. Stephen’s at either our 10 A.M. worship experience on Sundays or one of our Bible Studies facilitated on Tuesday evenings at 7 P.M. by Associate Pastor Rev. Charles Corley, Ph.D., or Wednesday afternoons at noon with Pastor Rev. Sameerah L. Shareef, M.Div. where inquiring minds and inquisitive appetites are well fed. 

Stop on by, say hello and receive a Word from the Lord.  We are a church that knows “God is Still Speaking” and we “never place a period where God has placed a comma.” 

Moreover, “No matter where you are on life’s journey you are welcome at St. Stephen’s Community Church.” Join us! 

Rev. Sameerah Shareef, Pastor  
Rev. Charles Corley, Assoc. Pastor 


The mission of St. Stephen’s Community Church, United Church of Christ is to be welcoming and supportive of all, while sharing boundless faith and being practitioners of the Word. We also want to express a dynamic worship and praise so that we can build a relationship with the Holy Trinity. We want to be committed to Christian love and service by becoming advocates of social justice, inclusiveness, and peace. 

As members of St. Stephen’s Community Church, United Church of Christ, we covenant with one another to affirm God’s call to our common vision and mission.


As members of St. Stephen’s Community Church, United Church of Christ, we covenant with one another to affirm God’s call to our common vision, mission, and areas of ministry. We commit ourselves to this covenant as a lifelong challenge in specific areas according to each individual talents. 

We aim to expand the stewardship ministry of the church while utilizing our gifts, talents, and resources to help those in need. We will work with one another to create a safe haven that supports and encourages continued renewal of spiritual growth. We will proclaim the love, compassion, justice, and peace of Jesus Christ for all people through our various ministries. 

We will reinforce ministries that address all age groups; children, youth, adults, and seniors-wisdom bearers. We will focus on celebrating God through special praise, worship, and music. We will seek to live out common vision, mission, and ministries both individually and collectively, as led by God.

Rev. Sameerah L. Shareef, M.Div.

Senior Pastor

Rev. Sameerah L. Shareef has served St. Stephen’s Community Church in various ministries since 1996. She has served as a Deacon, Youth minister, Girl’s Rites of Passage director, Women’s minister, Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Transition Pastor, and now serves as Senior Pastor.


Rev. Shareef holds a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s in Nursing from Case-Western Reserve University and a Master’s of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. She serves the Mid-Michigan area as a Maternal Child Nursing professional since 1986 and Certified Nurse-Midwife since 1993.


She is the mother of 3 adult children, grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 4. “There is no greater more noble vocation than motherhood. It’s the best job I’ve ever done!”

She has a love for the uplift of people and for the pursuit of the beloved community that God wants us to live in. Her greatest joy is in the Lord and the life that she has been blessed with as a result.

Rev. Charles Corley, Ph.D.

Associate Pastor & Outreach Community Developer

Rev. Charles Corley joined St. Stephen’s Community Church in 1993, became a deacon in 1997 and later became a United Church of Christ licensed minister and member of the SSCC ministerial team in 2003.  Rev. Corley has served as Chairperson Board of Directors of the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ and various other capacities.


Rev. Corley is a member of the Criminal Justice Faculty at Michigan State University whose research and other works focus upon diversity issues surrounding justice.


Rev. Corley is the father of four children and two grandchildren. He currently resides in the state of Michigan.


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