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Alumni Profile - Leon Stevenson

July 13, 2009

Well into his second master’s degree at Ohio State University, Leon Stevenson envisioned his future as working professionally in a college environment and serving as a layperson in the local church. Until, he says, “God placed it on my heart that I would find no greater joy than serving Him full-time.” 

Following much research on seminaries, Leon and his wife, Rebecca, enrolled at the South Hamilton campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, hoping eventually to serve in an urban context. Together, they took courses at the seminary’s urban ministry campus in Boston, and gained a theological framework for city mission and urban evangelism. On campus and in his classes, Leon discovered what he considers one of the seminary’s key strengths: “Professors who are not just theologians. They’re also pastors and counselors active in the community, living out what they preached in our classes. It was real-life application.”

While at Gordon-Conwell, Leon was asked by an alumnus to pray about joining a new church planting team in the inner city. Praying regularly with like-minded students passionate about serving God in an urban community, he now co-pastors with two fellow alumni in the heart of Detroit. The seminary equipped him for ministry, he contends, “by giving me the tools to go to the Bible first for solutions…for God’s perspective on my inner city experiences. That has allowed me to fight this fight with far more energy and drive, knowing that God is even more passionate about the city and has far more hope for it than I do.”

Leon is currently a pastor at Mack Ave Community Church.

Listen to an interview with Leon.

Leon Stevenson Interview


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