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There is something within us all that wants to remember, love and honor a minister that pastored our church, led us to Christ or prayed for us when we were sick.
That minister officiated at our family weddings, funerals and attended simple Sunday dinners in our homes and showed up at our family events. The difference is, this pastor is still in in many of our lives today. The Rev. Henry L. Stevens at the age of 90 is still ministering to families in and around Texas .
Stevens moved to Orange in 1940 after graduating from Marshall College in Marshall. While attending seminary in Tulsa, Okla., Henry met his wife of 50 years. He married Mary Louise Mulford, also an ordained minister from Indianapolis. Soon they were a family with five sons and a daughter that are all still living in the area.
The Orange Bottling Works building on the corner of 11th and Scholars became the North Orange Pentecostal Church. Wide boards across wooden crates became pews. The couple put their education, ability, talents and faith together to found a church that still exist in Orange today. Within a few years, Lawson Stevens, Henry’s father, and men in the church remodeled the building. Later the two-story educational building was built that included evangelistic quarters, class rooms and nursery. Hunders of ministers still refer to Stevens as their “pastor” and honor him annually at their church events all over the United States .
Stevens’ drafting degree landed him plenty of work at the Port of Orange during the war. On a job in Sabine Pass, building a Navy Base, he built storage units for depth chargers that would be dropped on enemy subs. This job was completed in six months. Henry was given an $800 bonus by the Navy when the job was completed.
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