Mary Ann has served South Tulsa Baptist Church with her husband, Philip Stephens, since August 1990. She officially became a staff member in 2000. As Music Associate, Mary Ann coordinates the Children’s Choir Ministry, directs the 4-6 grade choir, children’s and youth handbell choirs, ladies and mixed ensembles and the orchestra. She also directs the annual Christmas Dinner Theater and the Summer Music Activity for Kids (SMAK) and PreSMAK music camps during the summer.
Raised in a Christian home in Seminole, Oklahoma, Mary Ann accepted Christ as Savior at age six; felt a call into full time ministry at age nine; and the Lord affirmed her call to the music ministry at age 16. She began her ministry as Minister of Music and Youth at Harvey Road Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma at the age of 18. After graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Music with Honors degree, Mary Ann also graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological, Ft. Worth, Texas with a Master of Church Music degree. During seminary, Mary Ann served Richardson Heights Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas as Music Associate.
Mary Ann met and married Philip during seminary and has enjoyed serving churches in dual positions. Following seminary, they served Baptist Temple Church, San Antonio, Texas for nine years before coming to STBC in 1990. Their son, David, graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University, University of Oklahoma Medical School, and is currently in Opthamology residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. David is married to Jenny, who is an RN at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Their daughter, Sarah, graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University and Baylor University with a Master’s in Vocal Performance. She is married to Andrew, and they both are currently working on the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Memphis. They are on the staff at CrossRoads United Methodist Church, Collierville, Tennessee and teach voice at the Bellevue Baptist School of Performing Arts.
Mary Ann is passionate about sharing the love of Christ and serving and encouraging others to use their God given gifts through the medium of music. She also has a deep love for missions and has served in Dominica, Mexico, Canada and Australia, as well as, local music mission projects.
Mary Ann’s life verse is Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” Other than conducting, Mary Ann enjoys cooking, decorating for holidays, seeing new places, visiting with friends and enjoying her wonderful children.