Accomplishments of St. Stephen Church Through God’s Power

  • St. Stephen is the largest private Black employer in West Louisville
  • Over 98% of St. Stephen employees are from the Black Community
  • St. Stephen has made ongoing economic investment in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the nation
  • St. Stephen sponsored the Jubilee Festival, which brought arts, culture, and music to West Louisville
  • St. Stephen has the only Black orchestra in West Louisville
  • St. Stephen has the largest Black music program in Kentucky
  • St. Stephen makes housing available to the homeless via the Family Life Center
  • St. Stephen is the first Black church in Kentucky to build a Family Center
  • St. Stephen has an indoor fitness center, racquet ball court, basketball court and an indoor walking track
  • St. Stephen renovated the California Community Center, a public building located in one of the poorest zip codes in the city, at no expense to the city
  • St. Stephen finances the largest Black senior citizen’s support services entity in West Louisville, and utilizes St. Stephen transportation
  • St. Stephen brings Blacks and whites together by channeling social and economic capital into a poor neighborhood daily
  • St. Stephen owns more contiguous property than any other Black or private institution in West Louisville
  • St. Stephen’s $13 million in assets are controlled by Blacks
  • St. Stephen is the first church in the State of Kentucky to ordain women into the ministry
  • St. Stephen publicly advocates for justice for all citizens, regardless of race, age, or sexual orientation
  • St. Stephen operates the largest Black Christian Education program in Kentucky
  • St. Stephen has raised millions of dollars to support Black higher education through Simmons College of Kentucky
  • St. Stephen’s pastor refused over $700,000 salary from Simmons College of Kentucky to strengthen the college’s economic stability
  • St. Stephen empowers Black parents and their children through SOAR, an after/summer school enrichment program
  • St. Stephen awards $50,000 annually in college scholarship Funds
  • St. Stephen houses one of West Louisville’s sit-down family restaurants
  • St. Stephen houses the only mini-mart grocery store in the California Community in West Louisville.
  • St. Stephen conducts the city’s largest voter registration campaign, including record expungement
  • St. Stephen brought to the California Community the only physical therapy clinic in West Louisville
  • St. Stephen has brought to the California Community the most comprehensive recreational center in West Louisville.
  • St. Stephen has brought residential housing & apartments to the California Community in West Louisville.