Pastor Deborah Stephens
Pastor Deborah has been serving Southside Assembly with her husband, Pastor Phil Stephens since April of 2005. She was born in Texas, but because her father was in the Air Force she has been able to live is places such as Germany, Alabama, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Florida. Deborah received Christ as her Savior when she was 9 years old and was baptized in water and then baptized in the Holy Spirit the same year.
Pastor Deborah met Phil when she was 9 years old. Her family had recently moved to Montgomery, AL and attended First Assembly of God in Montgomery for 11 months before moving to Pennsylvania. Through the years, Deborah and Phil reunited and were married in 1976 while Phil was attending Southeastern University in Lakeland. Together, they have pastored churches in Florida, Indiana, Alabama and Louisiana. As a couple they learned Spanish and were missionaries to Mexico City, Mexico. They are the proud parents of 2 adult children, Tim (and Cinthia) Stephens, who are currently lead pastors of Callaway Assembly of God in Panama City, FL, and Christina (and Keith) Brumbalow, who are currently lead pastors Excel Assembly of God in Excel, AL. They have 8 grandchildren (6 biological and 2 adopted, 4 boys and 4 girls), whom Deborah describes as “The joys of my life!”.
Pastor Deborah has been involved in a variety of different areas. She has been a Counselor since 1995, worked as an adjunct Professor for Southeastern University, a Public School Teacher, Social Worker, Family Specialist, and Private School/Day Care Director. Deborah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and later her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Troy University in Alabama and she is ordained with the Assemblies of God, and had taught Bible study groups, women's groups, girls groups, as well as children.
One of Deborah’s favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Deborah says “No matter what I do or where I go, if I will simply trust that God is sovereign and has it all under control, then I can be assured that He will lead me to the ultimate goal that He has prepared for me. With Him, there are no mistakes or accidents.”
Deborah currently serves as our Pastoral Counselor on staff, as well as our Pastor to Women.