Rev. Stephen E. Bryant, Sr
Rev. Stephen E. Bryant, Sr
The Rev. Stephen E. Bryant, Sr. was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is the middle child of three children born to the late Deacon Claude E. Bryant and Mrs. Cynthia L. Bryant.
Pastor Bryant is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and received his first appointment from Bishop Richard Franklin Norris to St. James AME Church, East Millstone, New Jersey. Under his leadership, the First Episcopal District saved the property and continued ministry efforts in the Somerset community. Subsequently, he was appointed to the pastorate St. Mark AME Church, Cranford, New Jersey. During his tenure, the congregation experienced increased growth in several areas. His leadership and vision of winning souls for Christ and making disciples positioned the Church to carry out the Great Commission in the Union County area. He was a member of the Cranford Clergy Council.
Appointed Pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Hightstown, New Jersey by Bishop Gregory Gerald McKinley Ingram, the Church has experienced growth, community involvement, and renovated parsonages. The Church has grown to four locations St. James AME East, East Windsor, NJ, St. James-West, Hightstown, NJ, and St. James AME- Ghana, Africa.
Pastor Bryant implemented the Community Empowerment Initiatives Ministry. Programs include the “Start on Track, Stay on Track” Financial Solutions Program, the Mercer Street Friends Food Pantry, the Farmers Against Hunger Produce Ministry, Public Policy and Information ministry, the RISE Partnership, and Bombas Socks Corporation Giveaways.
His community involvement included partnering with the Muslims Against Hunger and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, which has served over 35,000 meals to the community. In addition, he developed the Temporary Affordable Housing Program, partnered with temporary agencies, and created the job solutions program. Pastor Bryant was also instrumental in securing an articulation agreement with Mercer County Community College in offering English as a Second Language class to community members. As a result, the ESL Program has grown to two locations. He continues to scale ministry efforts via targeted and strategic alliances, including Primerica and Bombas socks. The Honorable Janice Mironov, Mayor of East Windsor, NJ, recognized Pastor Bryant as an influential leader with a Proclamation due to his efforts.
He was appointed the Coordinator of the Rev. Dr. D. Albert Turk Ministry of Evangelism for the New Jersey Annual Conference. He also serves as Church School Superintendent for the New Brunswick District. In addition, he currently serves on the Windsor Hightstown Area Ministerium (WHAM). A member of the World Christian Leadership Conference headquartered in South Korea and the American Clergy Leadership Conference, he was appointed the Somerset, New Jersey Coordinator of the organization to help bridge ecumenical divisions and work toward world peace in addition to spreading the gospel message of God’s loves through his son Jesus Christ.
He was selected and installed as Nana Kojo Abir I Nkosohene (Chief of Development) of Gomoa Otaprow, located in Central Ghana, by his excellency Nana Osompa Nyamekye II. Pastor Bryant is helping to rebuild the educational infrastructure for students in the Gomoa Otaprow Village situated in the Central Ghana Region in this exciting role. Rev. Bryant believes that this massive international undertaking will help facilitate growth in the community and serve as a catalyst for developing communities.
He is the Founder, and President of SBryantSpeaks, LLC, a firm committed to education, training, and personal development. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Educational Concepts, Inc., an educational consulting firm. Pastor Bryant loves teaching and has held adjunct faculty rank at Monmouth University, William Paterson University, Camden County Community College, Centenary College, Montclair State University, Metropolitan College of New York, and Passaic County Community College. Moreover, he also has held several university and community college administrative positions, positively impacting the lives of thousands of students.
Pastor Bryant earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and a Master of Arts Degree in Education, Rowan University, located in Glassboro, New Jersey. In addition, he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Pastor Bryant is married to Ms. Renee M. Bryant. They have three children: Yakeema S. Cobb, Ariel A. Bryant, and Stephen E. Bryant, Jr.