Rev. Dr. Charles Finley Stevens

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Stevens, Rev. Dr. Charles Finley
Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Charles F. Stevens, 84, of Mesa passed away into the Lord's Eternal Care, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 with Alzheimer's Disease. He was born on April 7, 1929 in Lenoir, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna Swanson Stevens, daughter Amy Stevens Jones (David) of Tempe, and son Charles Todd Stevens (Kelly) of Ahwatukee, 5 grandchildren, Katherine Jones (Brendan), and Rachael Jones, Matthew, Connor, and Maya Stevens, a sister, Anne Stevens Carlton Clay (David) of Salisbury N.C. and a sister-in-law, Allene Broyhill Stevens of Lenoir, N.C. Charles (nicknamed Moe) graduated from Culver Military Academy, Northwestern University in Civil Engineering, and McCormick Presbyterian Seminary in Chicago. He first served as the Youth Minister at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN where he met his wife, Donna. He was called to serve First Presbyterian Church in Virginia, MN. He co-chaired a Speakers Bureau with his friend, Herb Pfremmer, speaking around the state to encourage people to pass the Taconite Amendment for the iron mining industry. The Jaycees awarded him an "Outstanding Young Man of the Year" award. His third church was First Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud, MN. Charles was President of the United Way for 2 years, President of his Kiwanis Club, and was active in Cursillo, a religious retreat. Huron Presbyterian College of Huron South Dakota awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Dr. Stevens moved his family to AZ to plan and build a Biblical Theme Park. It did not come to fruition. His last church calling was to Apache Wells Community church in northeast Mesa, a church for Seniors in retirement. Charles Stevens (Moe) was creative in his ministry. Each Christmas for the last 40 years, he and his church congregations would present a 4 day Christmas pageant of stereophonic music and electronic lighting, plus an Easter Holy Week worshipful presentation of 2' high figures representing the life of Christ. A "Celebration of the Life of Moe Stevens" memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. for friends and family, with a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memori
als to Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215, or , 3510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ. 85014.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 12, 2013
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