Rob was born in the hills of North Carolina in 1977 and as a young child came to a very basic understanding of his need for a Savior. He asked Jesus into his life and was baptized.
In college God began to redirect Rob’s life totally in two ways. First, he met the love of his life, Denise and they were married Denise in 2001. Here God also placed a call on Rob’s life to full-time ministry. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 2000 and enrolled in Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where for the next 4 years God cultivated his walk with Jesus and began to clarify His call on Rob’s life.
Upon graduating from SEBTS in 2004, Rob accepted a call to be the youth pastor/associate pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Glenwood, MD. He ministered there for over 7 years and it was there that his first two boys, Wyatt and Ty, were born. In Maryland God began to place a clear pull on Rob and Denise’s heart for church planting. Through 3 years of ministering to college students God clarified that His call was for the Stephens family to plant a church in a collegiate context.
In June 2011 Rob and his family relocated to Harrisonburg, VA to be a church-planting apprentice in the Aletheia Network. In Harrisonburg their family grew when their 3rd son, Levi, was born. During their time in Harrisonburg God clearly communicated to Rob and Denise that He was indeed drawing them back to Maryland. In August 2013, the Stephens family moved to College Park, MD to plant Aletheia College Park.