Meet our Pastor

Bio: Pastor Stephanie Oden

Stephanie is originally from Gainesville, Florida and a graduate of  Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. She is an experienced result-oriented proposal manager/writer – with more than 25 years of experience in the Federal and State Government, Telecommunications, Gaming, and IT Software industries.

Stephanie began her ministry under the mentorship of Rev. Theresa Dove-Waters at Allen Temple United Methodist Church in Buford, Georgia. She is a 2011 UMC Leadership graduate and 2019 Licensing School graduate. She attended Local Pastors Course of Study at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2022.

Over the last ten years, she has served her local UMC churches in the capacities of  Youth Pastor, PPRC Chair, United Methodist Women President, Administrative Council Chair, Lay Leader, Lay Servant/Speaker, Liturgist, Communications Coordinator and Certified Clergy Candidate.

She stepped into her appointment as Pastor-in-Charge here at New Prospect UMC in July 2021.

Stephanie has a passion for building God’s Kingdom here on earth. She is married to her husband Randy and has one child, Nigel.