Pastor Rob Stephens
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 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.
One thing Rob loves about Aletheia's is the commitment to biblical orthodoxy. As we walk through the scriptures together the timeless truths of God are transforming our church body. Rob's prayer is that God uses Aletheia to lead people to faith in Christ and to equip them for the work of ministry. Specifically that Aletheia would be used to both plant and revitalize churches in the DC area and around the globe!
We consider our elders as "lay pastors" performing all the duties as a regular pastor but on a volunteer part-time basis. You can contact all our elders (which include our pastors) at [email protected]
Roles: Finance Officer
Ryan was born and raised in the college town of Harrisonburg, Virginia. When he was 23 years old he heard the good news of the Gospel and gave his live to Jesus. He immediately got plugged in to a church in his hometown. It was at this church that he felt God's call to dedicate his time and energy into planting a church.
Pastor Rob began prayerfully gathering a team to move to College Park and plant Aletheia. Ryan was completely on board and through God's providence, found a job, moved in, and, with the help of other brothers and sisters, began the work of establishing a body in College Park. It was at Aletheia College Park that Ryan met Kelsea and after several years, they were married in 2017.
One of Ryan's favorite things about Aletheia College Park is the diversity within the body. Many of the members at Aletheia are students at the University of Maryland which is a very diverse university, made up of multiple ethnicities and nationalities. As Ryan continues to grow and teach others at Aletheia, he hopes to see specific ways in which God opens up doors for opportunity to plant other churches and even restore existing churches as God sees fit.
Key Servant Leaders
Our church is made up of a team of so many servant leaders who serve upfront or behind the scenes and we could not do what we do apart from them. Here are some other key leaders in our church.
Director of UMD International Ministry
Dominque, known as "Devans", visited Aletheia in Harrisonburg, VA in 2010, without knowing what he was looking for or needed. Many believers of Christ shared the Gospel with him, and he became intrigued by the Resurrection. Nine months later, Jesus revealed Himself, and saved him, with a new life full of certainty and joy.
In Spring of 2014 he moved to College Park to help with the church plant. Devans appreciates the welcoming biblical community and authentic discipleship-driven relationships at our church. He hopes to see God use his ministry to see many types of people who are marginalized be welcomed into the Body of Christ.
Community Group Leader Coach
Director of Women's Ministry