The Reverend Dr. Steven L. Lyons

The Reverend Dr. Steven L. Lyons was born in Sanford, NC and spent his formative years in Rocky Mount, NC, graduating from Rocky Mount Senior High School.  He attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta, GA, earning the Associate Degree in Mortuary Science.  He graduated (Summa Cum Laude) from St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  He has earned the Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling (Summa Cum Laude) from Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh.  In May 2016, Rev. Dr. Lyons earned and was conferred the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC.   His Doctoral project was entitled “Utilizing the Class Leader System and Official Board to Spiritually and Numerically Develop St. James AME Church of Winston-Salem, NC.”  He has completed further studies at Penn State, North Carolina State University and Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary.  He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities and has been honored by the Laurinburg Branch of The National Association of University Women as an African-American Man of Distinction. 

Licensed to preach in 1999 and ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in June of 2004, Dr. Lyons was appointed the Pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, Laurinburg, NC.   In May 2009, he was appointed to the pastorate of St. James AME Church, Winston-Salem, NC.  The Lord blessed Allen Chapel and St. James with various new ministries, programs and outreach initiatives including; increased membership, liquidating debt, physical upgrades/renovations and a revived, renewed commitment to kingdom building.  In April 2018, St. James, paid off the mortgage under Dr. Lyons’ leadership.  In May 2018, Dr. Lyons was appointed the proud pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Hillsborough, NC.  

Dr. Lyons is a member of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.  He serves on the Board of Examiners as an Instructor and member of the Board.  The Board of Examiners is responsible for coordinating and developing a district wide standardized training curriculum to prepare individuals for ordination.  He is the co-coordinator of the Nehemiah Ministry of the 2nd Episcopal District of the AME Church.  This ministry receives applications from churches across the five conferences of the district, awarding grants to assist churches with physical upgrades and repairs.  At the 2018 Western North Carolina Annual Conference, Dr. Lyons was elected to serve on the Conference RED Board.  This Board is responsible for overseeing the economic development of the church’s Kittrell property.  He was also elected a Conference Trustee.    

In September of 2012, the dream of the Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home became a reality as he and his family opened for business, serving families of the Raleigh, Wake County and surrounding areas under the mantra of “Trust ~ Service ~ Compassion.”  To God be the Glory, Great thing He hath done.

Dr. Lyons is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Phi Lambda Chapter, Raleigh, NC) and serves as the National Associate Chaplain.  He is a member of the New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance Board of Directors (Raleigh, NC), Transitions LifeCare (Hospice) of Wake County, NC and the St. Augustine’s University Community Development Corporation.  

He is married to the former Nikki Walker of Raleigh, his creative partner in Ministry and business.  They are the parents of one son, Joshua.  They are supported by their parents, siblings and many extended relatives and friends, carrying out the vision given to them by the Lord to “serve the present age,” their “calling to fulfill.”

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”  Isaiah 61:1-2

Contact information:

919-607-9144 cell     919-373-8621 home    919-732-5450 Church office

919-831-2596 funeral home office