Apostle Stephen E. Young
Twenty one years prior to the conception of this special vision, a ministry was spawned by the spiritual and social outreach efforts of a young, aspiring community activist. Inspired by the prominent leaders who took personal issue in guiding his spiritual plight, Stephen E. Young, Sr. began utilizing his talents that he had become noted for, music. His position as Minister of Music for Jordan Baptist Church was utilized as a catalyst to deliver young people from economic and social impoverishment, awarding them an opportunity to express their gifts while recognizing their self worth. Under the leadership of Rev. William James Smith, Pastor of Jordan Baptist Church, his continuous progression toward the ministry evolved. In November of 1977, he was ordained a Deacon. Within the realm of this position, a complete dedication to the youth of the church and surrounding communities manifested. This program's progression became recognized as a weekly special on one of Washington's most acclaimed gospel radio stations, WYCB, where his rapid popularity accelerated to include Evangelistic outreach and motivational speaking efforts.
A revolutionary, spiritual growth emerged proclaiming a higher calling to the ministry. Thus, in 1982, he received his license to preach and went on to graduate from the Washington Baptist Seminary, June 1989. On October 4, 1992, the Holy Christian Missionary Baptist Church For All People (HCMBC) opened its doors for their first church service at Zelcy's Banquet Hall, allowing him to continue his religious and social pursuits while focusing on revitalization of at-risk neighborhoods. In addition to the duties and responsibilities as Pastor and Organizer of The Holy Christian House of Praise for All People, he is a loving father and grandfather to many. Apostle Young recently resigned as Committee Organizer for the Brandywine Street Association, thus allowing him to become a full-time Pastor. He also serves on the Mayor's Interfaith Council, a consultant for the Family Life Services Initiative and panelist for the District of Columbia's Superior Court-Metro D.C. Male-Fatherhood Network.
As an extension of his duties and responsibilities, operational plans for in-house and outreach ministries were implemented inclusive of the following: (1) STEP (Give Yourself a Chance), counseling for alcohol/substance abuse; (2) Clothing Ministry; (3) Community Service Hours awarded to Maryland, Virginia and the District inmates; (4) Literacy and Tutoring Programs; (5) Peace In The Streets Forum; and (6) Life After Homicide Ministry and countless other social/economic endeavors. Pastor Young is an acclaimed orator, efficient and effective leader, and Ambassador of Peace and Good Will. His pragmatical will, yet humble spirit are indicative of the gallant soldier before you whose works proclaim "No Matter Which Way The Winds Holler, The Mountain Will Not Bow To It."