Pastor of an Independent Baptist Church. Bro. Stephen Willis was born in Lufkin, Texas and raised in Huntington, Texas. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1994 and joined the Army a year after graduation. He served in the Army for four and half years (active duty) and was discharged with an honorable discharge. It was while serving in the military that he was saved and accepted the call to preach. After his enlistment was up he went on to pursue seminary training.
Bro. Willis married his wife Kathy during his first year of seminary and God has blessed them with three beautiful children. Dylan, Mayghan, and Brianna have blessed their life immensely.
Before going to seminary, Bro. Willis preached on several occasions, filling in as pulpit supply when needed. It was during this time that he interim pastured New Bethel Baptist Church, Huntington, Texas for four months.
He eventually enrolled at Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in the fall of 2000 and moved on campus. Bro. Willis has received his Associate of English Bible, Youth and Christian Education Graduates, Bachelor of English Bible and a Master of Theology diploma. He has also earned a Doctor of Theology from Slidell Baptist Seminary (Slidell, La), and a Doctor of Religious Education from Christian Bible College and Seminary, Independence Mo. Bro. Willis has also accumulated a number of honorary doctorates.
During his first year of seminary he pastured the Rocky Branch Baptist Church, Daingerfield, Texas. It was in April of 2002 that Sulphur Springs Baptist Church of Mt. Enterprise, Texas called him as their pastor. He served in that capacity until May of 2006.
While pastor of this rural East Texas church, the church building was paid off and a mission sponsored by the church was organized into a New Testament Church. The church was also blessed by many being saved and baptized.
Temple Baptist Church is Bro. Willis' third pastorate. Temple Baptist has made many improvements to their buildings under the leadership of Bro. Willis. Under his leadership the church purchased a van to pursue an active bus ministry. The church has taken on additional missionaries for support. The church currently supports over twenty five different ministries. Temple Baptist has also brought on additional staff under the leadership of Bro. Willis. Bro. Willis likes to work out, lift weights, and his new found love is MMA.