Pastor Dennis served St. Stephen’s as Associate Pastor from 2002-2014 until his retirement. He served previous parishes in Morehead City, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Gastonia, N.C.; and West Columbia, S.C. Pastor Dennis received his B. A. in Religious Studies from University of South Carolina (1975); Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (1979); Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary (1984); graduate work and teaching assistant in the Department of Religion at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is a certified clinical member of Hospital Chaplains Association; having served at Duke University Medical Center, S.C. Mental Hospital and S.C. Baptist Hospital.
Pastor Dennis is married to Angela and they have two daughters: Jessica Schaefer who lives in Arvada, Co. with husband Eliot and children Elianna and Cameron; and Brittany Shipes who lives in Lindale, Texas with husband Clay.
Pastor Dennis is honored to be serving part-time as Pastor of Visitation and Welcome with the staff and church family at St. Stephen’s.
The mission of St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Churchis to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through Worship, Learning, Witness, Service and Stewardship. Our calling is to be individually and collectively a redemptive people of God's love in the world.