Rick I. Stevens was born Nov. 3, 1953, to Shirley Stevens at Seattle, Wash.
As a young child, he moved with his mother and stepfather to Juneau, where he attended junior and senior high school. He then moved to New Orleans where he enlisted into the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he returned to Juneau where he was married to Sherill Hodges on May 27, 1977. They both worked at the Juneau Children's Home until 1978. The couple moved to Springfield, Mo., where he attended Evangel College and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies in 1982. The family moved back to Juneau, where he worked as Director of Biblical Studies at the Juneau Christian School. Reb.
Stevens went to Ft. Worth, Texas where he pursued his Master of Divinity Degree at Southwestern Theological Seminary. He accepted a position as youth pastors position in Dallas, at Southside Assembly until 1986, when he took a senior pastors position at Lyons Assembly of God Church in Lyons, Neb. In 1989, he became the director of The Salvation Army Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Boise, Idaho for six years.
The family moved to Sacramento and Auborn, California where he served as the minister and Social Service Director for the Salvation Army. In 2000, he was called and accepted the Senior Pastor position for the Evangelical Bible Church in Dickinson, North Dakota where he has ministered until failing health.
Rick enjoyed reading and studying the Bible. He also enjoyed taking care of the yard and kept it in immaculate condition. Rick had a great ability for reaching out and helping people struggling with their drug and alcohol addiction. The children of Evangelical Bible held a special spot in Rick's heart and he always cherished their love and acts of kindness. He enjoyed making people laugh. Another trait of Rick's was the ability to select the perfect Christmas gift for his family, always coming up with the just the right thing. Rick's most precious love was for his wife, Sherill, and his three girls, and now his grandson, Elijah.
Survivors include his wife, Sherill of Dickinson; three daughters, Jessica (Joshua) Sneed, of Seaside, California, Jacqueline Stevens of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Erika Stevens of Dickinson; one grandson, Elijah Sneed; his mother, Shirley Stevens, of Sturgis, Michigan; his step-parents, Doug and Virginia Stevens of New Orleans, Louisiana; and one sister, Mary Dowd of Seattle, Washington.
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