Stephen Bates

Worship and Youth Pastor

Stephen graduated from Covenant College with a BA in Biblical Studies where he met his wife, Anna. After getting married in 2013, he attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO for his MDiv. Prior to serving at Emmanuel, he had the privilege of being a youth pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC where he was ordained in 2016.
Anna loved teaching elementary school before their daughter was born and now is grateful to be at home with Josie (1).

You may find Stephen cooking with unfamiliar ingredients, reading a quality children's book, losing his train of thought, trail running, or being chased around the living room by Josie.