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In Loving Memory of Janice Marie (Datcher) Stephenson


A woman after God’s Own Heart, Mrs. Janice Marie (Datcher) Stephenson truly had a heart for God’s People.  Mrs. Janice Stephenson was always faithfully supporting her husband as he followed the will of the Lord but she was also a spiritual giant in her own right.  She had a heart to intercede on behalf of all that she met.  She was the embodiment of a virtuous woman as described in

Proverbs 31. 


Over the years, Mrs. Janice Stephenson formed many relationships, especially during her formative Christian years attending the Noon Day Prayer services lead by Dr. Valeria Scott.  She worked for 20 years as a Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs where she met and married Pastor Wilbur (Steve) Stephenson.  Mrs. Janice Stephenson then became a nurse (LPN) and spent a number of years working and ministering at Heartland of Adelphi nursing home in Adelphi, Maryland. Mrs. Stephenson also earned her bachelor degree in Christian Ministry.


Pastor Wil [Steve] and Mrs. Janice [Snuggy] shared a lifetime of ministry starting with their days serving as Deacon and Deaconess at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, DC.  They encouraged the leadership of Morningside Missionary Baptist Church for a number of years before the Lord called them to a peculiar ministry, Maranatha Chapel Fellowship/The Chapel Ministries. The Lord subsequently called Pastor Wil [Steve] and Mrs. Janice Stephenson to ministry and leadership of Prayer and Praise Family. There Mrs. Stephenson encouraged many thru her greeting cards, phone calls, home visitations and fellowship events.  While leading the 8am services of Prayer and Praise Family, the Stephensons were also adopted as members of the Maranatha Gospel Hall, DC.


She remained faithful and committed to her Lord Jesus Christ, her husband of 43+ years, and her children, grandchildren and so many surrogates. 


Her Assurance: Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Her Motto: 1 Corinthians 6:12 - All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

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