Apostle Shawn Stephens

Senior Pastor


Apostle Shawn L. Stephens  is a powerfully anointed

man of God that is uniquely gifted to flow in every area

of the five-fold ministry. He is an uncompromising,

balanced leader, mentor and spiritual father to his

local church with a devout apostolic mandate to the

Nations. He is known for birthing leaders and

coaching ANYONE that has a desire to reach his/her

full potential and destiny in Christ. 

A native of Danville, Virginia, Apostle Stephens was

born to Elder Lois Stephens. As a single mother

raising a young man, Elder Stephens committed her

life to teaching and instilling the principles of faith and

living a God-filled life to her son. His involvement in

the local church leads him to accept Christ as his

Lord and savior at the early age of seven years

old. He quickly developed a passion for music and

began playing the drums and piano, which drew him

into a closer relationship with God. He was called by

God to preach the word at 12 years old, and has been

serving in leadership roles in the Lord's church for 26

years: Deacon, Adjutant, Lead Musician and Minister

of Music to name a few. 

His anointing as a Minister of Music afforded him the

privilege to serve and glean under the tutelage of

several great men of God. He was mentored under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. H.G. McGhee Sr., of Greater

Triumph Missionary Baptist Church (Chatham, VA), Reverend Dr. Everett Dickerson of Blackwell Baptist Church (Yanceyville, NC),

Apostle William L. Bonner of Greater Refuge Temple (New York, NY), and Bishop George White Sr. of West End Full Gospel Church

(St. Louis, MO). Apostle Stephens was educated in Danville public schools. 

Recognizing the mandate by God on his life, he matriculated at several institutions of higher learning. He graduated from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA in 1998 with a Bachelors of Theology, and in 2001 with a Bachelors of Christian Counseling. He also received an Associate's degree in Worship Ministry from Christian Leadership University in 2003. He continues his studies today in various specializations of Theology and Christian Counseling. 

Apostle Stephens has been pastoring for 18 years. In 2003, he and his wife, Overseer Yolanda M. Stephens became the founders and pastors of Restoration Outreach Kingdom Church. In 2006, he was consecrated to the office of Bishop and was affirmed as an Apostle in 2009, at which time he began to cover several pastors and churches. In December 2012, he and Prophetess Stephens launched IGNITE Kingdom Church International, Leesburg, VA where he serves as Senior Pastor. He is the Presiding Prelate of Fresh Fire Ministries and Fellowship International. Presently, Apostle Stephens is under the apostolic covering of Apostle Ricardo Grant, and has been since 2003. 

Apostle Stephens is the establishmentarian for Restoration Full Gospel Church, Restoration World Outreach Ministries International, ROK School of Ministry and Fresh Fire Ministries International, an apostolic and prophetic covering for pastors and ministries and a place of unity for covenant fellowship and associations. 

The ministry of Apostle Stephens has a global footprint. He has ministered from the United States of America to the international waters of Aruba, Freeport Bahamas, Freetown Sierra Leone, Cayman Islands and Tel Aviv. He is a highly sought after motivational speaker, life coach, counselor and conference speaker. Apostle Stephens is an end-time prophet who God uses in extraordinary measures as a conduit for spiritual transformation to regions and mass deliverance for the lost and brokenhearted. 

His effective delivery of the unadulterated word of God, and leading by example in every area of his life has led many souls to Christ. He has birthed and launched many conferences that have impacted lives across the country, to include RHEMA Camp Meeting, CODE RED, Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Summit, Wailing Women's Conference, and hosted multi-city Healing and Deliverance Crusades. His holistic approach to the word of God has created a strong following for marriage, family, parental and personal counseling services. Apostle and Overseer Stephens are the Founders of Covenant Couples, a ministry that facilitates and nurtures success in marriage through biblical teaching and group actives. 

Apostle Stephens is well known in the community. He has strong relationships with other local ministries in the spirit of unity to reach the masses in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has served on several boards in Loudoun County Virginia including the Loudoun Aftercare Program for inmates transitioning back into the society, and Bright Life Buddies for Autistic Children. He has also served on the Circle of Love Coalition broad, a 501c3 non-profit supporting the homeless community in Loudoun County. His heartbeat is evangelism through community outreach and has actively engaged in initiatives like "love in Loudoun" and the Ignite Holiday Giveaway, where clothes, good, furniture, toys, and household goods are given away to those in need. His tireless efforts in serving God's people have afforded him any awards and recognition, to include a Letter of Appreciation from the Governor of Virginia for the service in Ashburn and the surrounding communities. 

Apostle Stephens believes in seeking the Kingdom of God first. He has a relentless pursuit to abide in God's presence, a passion for operating in a Kingdom mindset, and a heart for worship and people. Establishing order and structure for the advancement of the Kingdom is his lifestyle. When it comes to fasting, praying, giving, loving unconditionally, and the covenant of marriage, making excuses is not an option. He is best known for empowering people to pursue and cultivate their entrepreneurial dreams, gifts, and talents that will yield successful lives int he spirit and in the natural. 

Apostle Stephens is happily married to Overseer Yolanda Stephens of 15 years. They were blessed with two children, Alvin, Tiffany and four beautiful grandchildren, Londyn, Elijah, Julius and Malakhi.


"Don't Panic, God has ruled in your favor. Live like it."

- S.L. Stephens