Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Stephen: I was born in Beach Grove, Indiana on February 10, 1979. My family moved to Huntington, Indiana when I was 5. I attended Gateway College of Evangelism in St. Louis, Missouri and majored in Music Ministry with a minor in Theology. After college I began get heavily involved in church music programs and ultimate spent 14 years as Worship Pastor at a local church in Huntington. I moved to Pensacola, Florida in 2015 when I joined the Dixie Echoes. I remained with them until September 1, 2019 when I joined The Mark Trammell Quartet. I now reside in Gadsden, Alabama.
Mercy: Could you share your salvation testimony?
Stephen: I spent my summers growing up attending church camp. It was always the “cool” thing among campers to get the Holy Ghost at camp but I actually received the Holy Ghost at my home church on October 16, 1988 which just happened to be my parents wedding anniversary. I can show you the place and even the location at the altar where it happened. I’ll never forget it!
Mercy: If you didn't become a singer, what would you be doing right now?
Stephen: I would probably still be involved in church work in the music somehow and preaching on occasion.
Mercy: Who is someone that has influenced your singing?
Stephen: I would say one of the biggest singing influences that I have tried to emulate is Danny Funderburk. What a voice! I have many favorites though; Chris Allman, Bill Shaw, Roy McNeal, and Rosie Rozelle to name a few. I try to incorporate their style in what I do and yet still create my own distinct style.
Mercy: What is your favorite song to sing and why?
Stephen: Thats a tough question. There are so many good songs to choose! My favorites change constantly so its hard to stick with just one. I’ll just say for now one of my all time favorites was written by Garry Sheppard, “He’s All I Need.’
Mercy: What is your favorite and least favorite part of traveling
Stephen: My favorite part of traveling is getting to see the friends and fans every night. Of course I enjoy the travel part as well. Believe it or not, sometimes I sleep better in my bunk on the bus than I do at home! I haven’t found a least favorite yet.
Mercy: If you could meet anyone in the past or present, who would it be?
Stephen: I would love to meet G.T. Haywood. He was from my home state in Indiana and wrote many great songs that we still sing today.
Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Stephen: Thats not a fair question! Thats the same as asking me to pick a favorite song! There are just too many that are good, especially when it comes to the Bible!
If I had to chose, I would say one of my top favorites would be 1 Timothy 3;16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” This is perfect explanation of who God is.
Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers
Stephen: We spend our life telling everyone who will listen that Jesus loves them. We do our best to encourage the saint, and reach out to the lost. Without the support of our friends and family, we couldn’t do what we do effectively. I do not take that for granted. From the bottom of my heart, I say Thank You.
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