The winner of this award is chosen each year by the Faculty Committee on Research and Scholarship. Lee President Dr. Paul Conn officially recognized Stephenson for this award during spring commencement in May.
Stephenson began teaching in Lee’s Department of Theology in 2008. His areas of specialization include theological method, pneumatology, Christology, and Pentecostal theology. His current research projects include works on baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the theology of Amos Yong, and the work of Jesus Christ (for Eerdmans’s “Guides to Theology” series).
Stephenson has published articles in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, Istina and Religion Compass. He frequently presents at the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
As an ordained bishop, Stephenson is an active member of the East Cleveland Church of God congregation, where he regularly teaches, preaches, and contributes to Sunday liturgy.
Stephenson earned his doctorate in theology and ethics from Marquette University, and his master of arts and bachelor of arts from Lee University.
Stephenson and his wife, Lisa, also a Department of Theology faculty member, have two daughters, Abigail and Bella.
The Excellence in Scholarship Award is one of three faculty excellence awards recognizing teaching, scholarship and advising. They are considered the highest honors bestowed on Lee faculty each year.