Hello and welcome to St. Stephen's Community Church, United Church of Christ where we listen, believe, and do God's work to learn, teach, and create strong and committed disciples. "No matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here." We are blessed with diverse gatherings form all walks of life seeking to engage God and God's people.
St. Stephen's Community Church, United Church of Christ strives to be welcoming and supportive of all people, to teach and share boundless faith, and to express a dynamic worship and praise in order to build a firm relationship with the Holy Trinity. We long to be committed to Christian love and service by becoming advocates of social justice, inclusiveness, and peace.
At St. Stephen's, 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. Our goal is to expand the stewardship ministry while using our gifts, talents, and resources to assist those in need. As an inclusive community, we aim to become a safe haven that supports and encourages the continued renewal of spiritual growth. We encourage all peoples to join us in celebrating God's love, compassion, justice, and peace through special praises, worship, and music.
As led by God, we will seek to live out a common vision, mission and ministries both individually and collectively.
We value all people under the sun and all those created in the image and likeness of God. Hoping to spread the love of Jesus Christ, we value all forms of worship and praise. God works through us in different ways and we'd love to hear how He works in and through you!
Reverend Sameerah L. Shareef, M. Div.
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 has served the Mid-Michigan area as a Maternal Child Nursing professional since 1986 and Certified Nurse-Midwife since 1993.
She is a mother of three children, grandmother of eight, and a great-grandmother of four. "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.
Reverend Charles Corley, PhD
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.
He is the father of 4 children and a grandfather of 2. He currently resides in the state of Michigan.
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