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.
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.
In June 2018, St. Peter hosted a Women's Conference, "I Love Me Better Than That ~ Mind, Body & Soul" and a Men's Conference, "From Boys 2 Men – We’ve Got Work 2 Do." During the months of December 2017, January and February 2018, St. Peter housed and fed numerous unhoused families, as well as helped them to find jobs reunited families and find a place to live. St. Peter hosted the 163rd Missouri Annual Conference in October 2017. During this conference, Pastor Shepard was presented with a proclamation from the City of St. Louis, by Alderman John C. Muhammad, of the 21st Ward.
Pastor Shepard's theme for the 2017-18 conference year was "Renew-Restore-Retool-Re-emerge." St. Peter celebrated its 171st Church Anniversary during the month of September 2018. The theme, "Higher, Deeper, Stronger!" based on the scripture, Isaiah 40:31.
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.
During the 164th Missouri Annual Conference, October 2018, Pastor Shepard was assigned to his 5th year as pastor of St. Peter. To God Be the Glory! The 2018-19 theme is United As One (Acts 2:1-2).
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. )