St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church is located on the West Bank of New Orleans, Louisiana in the community of Algiers. It was established in 1928 by the late Arthur Monday, Sr. and a core of dedicated members who wanted to share the word of God with the local community. It was originally located in a small building in the 1600 block of LeBouef Street in Oakdale, a subdivision of Algiers. As church membership continually increased, it was relocated to Magellan Street and then to Whitney Avenue in the same block of the neighborhood.
When the Reverend Arthur Monday, Sr. went home to be with God in 1974, his son, Arthur Monday, Jr., who was already the pastor of Pure Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, Dean of the Union Baptist Theological Seminary and Christian community leader inherited the pastoral position for St. Stephen. He continued the legacy of his father and expanded the ministry to include a viable Christian education ministry and implemented an improved building structure and financial organization to the church.
Upon his death the Reverend Doctor Arthur Monday, Jr. Multipurpose Community Center, located on Newton Street in Algiers, was built and named in his honor.
After receiving a unanimous vote from the congregation, the Reverend Norman Nathan Francis, an associate minister of the church, was installed as the church’s third pastor on June 20, 1980.0
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St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church is currently constructing a new church at 1738 L.B. Landry Ave.,
New Orleans, Louisiana. 70114
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