Bishop Stephen Poyser Sr., has the been Senior Pastor of the New Testament Church of God since the retirement of his father and founding pastor, Bishop Felix Poyser after 61 years in ministry. Bishop Stephen Poyser Sr. was born to Bishop Felix F. & Lilith Poyser in Shefflield, England. As a child, he witnessed the humble beginnings of his father's ministry from England to a storefront church of 7 members to now over 400 regular attendees here in Philadelphia. Before assuming the role of pastor, Bishop Stephen actively served as a dedicated musician, Sunday school bus driver, and choir director. He credits these roles for developing the skills of service, hard work, and focus which he now utilizes as senior pastor.
Bishop Stephen has been awarded his certificate and degree from Shepherd’s House Bible College in Theological Studies and is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army. Ministry is a family affair with the Poysers, with Bishop's siblings, children, and grandchildren all serving alongside him in ministry. Bishop Stephen has been married to his wife and partner in ministry Jennieve since 2007 who serves as a Sunday school teacher. Since becoming pastor, Bishop Stephen has coined the phrase “Expect Great Things” as the motto for the Poyser Way New Testament Church of God. His passion for community and reaching souls has led him and members of the church to develop a food pantry servicing underprivileged families and seniors in the Philadelphia/Delaware County region. His ultimate goal is to reach as many souls as possible and to always, Expect Great Things from God.