The Reverend Steven D. Shepard, Sr. is in his 3rd year as the proud pastor of the Saint Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Missouri, where he provides nurturing, spiritual pastoral leadership.
His theme for the 2016-17 conference year is "A Holy Nation Getting Our House In Order," and the Scripture is 1 Peter 2:1-10.
In the community, Pastor Shepard views himself as a behind the scenes person. During his first year as the pastor of St. Peter, he set up a faith-based partnership with Hickey Elementary School. Under his pastoral care, the Promotion/Graduation Sunday was a huge success, recognizing over 30 children, youth and adults. Several special days are now being observed, recognizing our veterans on Memorial Day weekend, celebrating the women of St. Peter during Woman’s History Month, and a special service observing “Black Lives Matter,” on Sunday, September 14, 2014. St. Peter hosted the 2015 St. Louis-Cape Girardeau District Conference. A Men’s Prayer Breakfast has been incorporated and our youth participated in our first Easter Egg Hunt, in conjunction with St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, another church in our community. Our Children’s Choir is singing again during worship service after a two year absence. We celebrated our 168th Church Anniversary during the entire month of September.
Pastor Shepard was born on August 30, 1968, in Tucson, Arizona, and accepted his call to the ministry in June 1986, in Birmingham Alabama. Reverend Shepard served as senior pastor in the following charges: (12th Episcopal District) St. Mark, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, St. John, Wewoka, Oklahoma, and St. Paul, Frederick, Oklahoma. (5th Episcopal District) Fountain of Hope, Las Vegas, Nevada, Resurrection AME, Richmond, California, Walker’s Chapel AME in Oceanside, California, and St. Paul AME, in Wichita, Kansas.
Pastor Shepard is married to First Lady Sheila B. Davenport-Shepard, and together they have six children, with Aarin being the youngest. However, other youth have joined their family and stayed for periods of time. They always extend an open door to their home when guidance and support are needed.
BOARD BILL NO. 235 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN JOHN COLLINS-MUHAMMAD Pursuant to Ordinance 68937, an ordinance authorizing the honorary naming of streets, Pastor Steven Shepard Lane will begin at the intersection of Shreve Avenue and Margaretta Avenue and run west on Margaretta Avenue to Marcus Avenue. )