Dr. Jimmy Ray Stevens

July 22, 1956 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old

Dr. Jimmy Stevens Obituary


"That God Is Something Else"

On January 3, 1982, Pastor Stevens preached his first sermon and was licensed at the Straightway Baptist Church, where his father, Rev. Willie Stevens, Jr. was Pastor in Moss Buff, Louisiana. 


On April 16th, 1984, was called to Pastorage of the Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he succeeded, Dr. N.P. Jones. He was ordained on April 24, 1984, by the 7th District Baptist Association. 

First led in developing ministry to young adults in the church and then outreach to McNeese State University including campus bible study, evangelism, and discipleship. Help to develop other ministries within the body with the emphasis on stewardship, evangelism, worship, ministry, church growth, and discipleship. Under his leadership, the church grew from a membership of 100 to over 300 families. 

In 2000 led the church in relocating from 315 North Goos Blvd to the present site at 910 Shattuck Street, building a new facility at the price of $1.2 million dollars. 


Is the founding Pastor of the New Covenant Faith Baptist Church in 2004, at 2233 12th Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Since the inception of the church, the membership has developed twenty-four ministries serving children, youth, young adults, and adults. 

The church campus is on a 6-acre tract with five buildings (sanctuary, administration building, covenant kids building, family life center, and Bethesda House) appraised at $ 2 million dollars. 

With the emphasis on the five purposes of the church: worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and missions, NCFBC reaches:  

  *The Congregation (Worship, Christian education, ministry opportunities) 

  *The Community (Monthly Food Pantry Outreach, Annual Rock the Block Outreach, Annual Outreach Share, Lake Charles Bible College, Bethesda House Prison Ministry) 

  *The Cosmos (Foreign Missions Trips to Dominica, West Indies, and St. Vincent, West Indies and yearly hosting of missionaries) 


    *Co-founder of the Voices of Truth Gospel Choir which is presently the Higher-Level Gospel Choir of McNeese State University 

     *A member of the cast of the “A Raisin in the Sun” the first Black Drama at MSU

     *President of the Student Congress of African American Culture at MSU leading to the hiring of more black professors at MSU. 


   *Graduate of McNeese State University 

   * Post Graduate studies at New Orleans Baptist Seminary, Lake Charles Bible College, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky 


      *Numerous of committees and boards:

     *Served on the Seventh District Baptist Association Board of Directors 

     *Served on the Foreman Reynard YMCA Board of Directors

     *Served on the McNeese State University Community Relations 


     * Open Door Women Prison Ministry Board of Directors 

     * Southwest Louisiana Responds (Hurricane Disaster Relief and Recovery) 

     Baptist Denomination Work: 

        *Board of Directors of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention

        *Director of Foreign Missions of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention 

        *Executive Director of the Bethesda House 


     *Past President of the National Baptist Jr. Laymen Convention, USA, Inc. 

     *Past President of the Student Congress of African American Culture 

       of McNeese State University 

     *Past President of the American Baptist College at Lake Charles 

     *Past President of the Baptist Minister’s Union of Lake Charles & Vicinity    

     *Past organizer of Hands Across Lake Charles Prayer 

     * President of Lake Charles Bible College 

     *Executive Director of Bethesda House Reentry 

     *Director of Foreign Missions of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention

     * President of the Board of Southwest Louisiana Alliance Responds

      *Newly elected President of the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association


   *Haiti (3 trips) 

   *Israel International Christian Education Initiative (2 trips) 

   *Europe International Christian Education Initiative (1 trip) 

   *Dominica, West Indies (7 trips) 

   *Ghana, Africa (1 trip) 

   *St. Vincent, West Indies (1 trip) 


     *Your Riches In Christ 

     *New Beginnings

     *Strength Like An Eagle 

     *Champions of Faith 

     *Harvest Power 

     *Inspirations of Hope 

     *The Making of a Faith Champion    

      *Lessons from a Lockdown 



     *Have enjoyed and benefitted from the mentorship of his father, Rev. Willie Stevens, Jr., Dr. M.L. Thomas, Bro. A.J. Cain, Dr. V.E. Washington, Dr. George McCalep , Dr. Don Johnson, and others in the Christian faith. 

     *Guest speaker at the Historical 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama (1980) 

     *Guest speaker at the Greenforest Baptist  Church, Decatur, Georgia, Dr. George McCalep, Pastor   (2003) 

     *Guest speaker at the Fountain of Praise, Rev. Remus Wright, Houston, Texas ( 2005)  

     *Lectured in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Sea of Galilee, and on the steps of the temple ruins in Jerusalem and travel and study in ancient Asia Minor in Europe. 

     *Meeting Coretta Scott King  (wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) at the Rising Star Baptist Church, Rev. Bryon Broussard, Pastor in Atlanta, Georgia, and receiving from her daughter, Rev. Bernice King,  a personal handwritten          message and autograph book of her first book, “Hard Questions and Heart Answers.” 

     *To have 35 associate ministers sit under his ministry, licensed 13 into the Gospel ministry, and have had 6 to have served as Pastors (Rev. Paul Stevens, Rev. Ray Captain, Rev. Darnell Allen, Rev. Larry Miles, Rev. Harold              Robinson, and Rev. Tatum) and four retired former Pastors (Rev. C. S. Keys, Rev. Eddie Conway, Rev. Willie Stevens, Jr., and Rev. Robert Perryman) 

     *To have christen, baptized, and then married his daughter, Jamie Stevens Harrison (2017) 

     *To have christen and baptized his grandson, Jeremiah Stevens 

     *To have ministered to four generations as a local Pastor 

      *To be married to Mrs. Patricia Stevens (the partner & love of his life) for the past 40 years 

       *To have been saved, entrusted with the ministry of the gospel, shepherding the people of God, and witnessing many grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 

Preceded in death by his parents Rev. and Mrs. Willie (Rose Thomas) Stevens.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 40 years Sis. Patricia Stevens, daughter, Jamie Patrice Stevens Harrison, son-in-law JJ Harrison, grandsons, Jeremiah Patrick Stevens, and newly born, Jaxson and Jayson Harrison. He was also known as Paw Paw Jimmy to Jru Tanner, Jayden, McKenzie, and Jailyn Harrison.  His siblings, brothers, Charles W. Stevens (Malinda), Rev. Dr. Paul D. Stevens, Sr.  (Belinda), Rev. Dr. Mitchell J. Stevens, Sr. (Kerri), Anthony L.  Stevens (LaTisha), and sisters, Bonita Malbrew (Donald) and Serena Goodwin (Chester). Host of nieces, nephews, friends, and family members.

Associate Ministers who sat under his ministry

Rev. N.C. Smith

Pastor Eddie Conway—Retired Pastor 

Pastor C.S. Keyes—-Retired Pastor 

Rev. Ray Captain—Licensed/Pastored

Minister Edward Jordan—Licensed

Rev. Paul Stevens —Pastored*  

Rev. Doucet 

Rev. Hershel Miller

Rev. Roy Joseph—-Licensed

Rev. Darnell Allen—-Pastored*  

Minister James Smith—Licensed

Rev. Todd Thierry—-Licensed  

Rev. Larry Payne—-Licensed 

Minister Jessie Curry—-Licensed 

Rev. Tarek Polite—Licensed 

Rev. Larry Miles—-Pastored* 

Minister Chris Meeks

Minister Shun Hartley—Licensed 

Pastor Willie Stevens, Jr.—-Retired Pastor 

Minister Russell Henderson

Minister John Miles—Licensed   

Minister Henry Carston —Licensed 

Minister Marvin Dawson 

Minister Jaylin Martin—Licensed 

Rev. Louis Guy 11 

Minister Barry London 

Minister  Orlando Sanders 

Minister Bobby Patterson 

Minister Alcede  Jack—Licensed 

Rev. Tatum —Pastored* 

Rev. Harold Robinson —-Pastored*

Rev. Robert Perryman —-Retired Pastor 

Rev. Melvin Brooks 

Minister Cory Gassaway 

Minister Barry London 

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February 9, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
New Covenant Faith Baptist Church
2233 12th Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

February 10, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Baptist Church
1800 Country Club Road
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Funeral Service
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Trinity Baptist Church
1800 Country Club Road
Lake Charles, LA 70605


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