Our Pastor’s Background

Pastor Stevenson graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1981, and then master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University in 1982 and 1986. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan.

He joined the machine perception group at General Motors Research Laboratories where he worked on factory automation systems, imaging sensors and systems for collision warning. He was the technical lead on resolving a major safety issue centered on anti-lock braking systems in 1998.

He also worked at Delco Electronics, IBM Microelectronics, and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he led the design of an advanced satellite imaging system.

He taught full-time at Salem State University and Daniel Webster College. When Daniel Webster closed, he joined the faculty at Southern New Hampshire University on a part-time basis.  He left and joined Rivier University when the last of the Daniel Webster students graduated.

Pastor Stevenson completed his theological education at Yale Divinity School, earning a M.Div (2006) and then an STM (2009) under the Lutheran ethicist Gene Outka.

He has served as the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Peabody MA, for more than thirteen years. It is the only LCMC congregation in New England. He also serves as the vice-chair of the board of directors for the Institute of Lutheran Theology.

His wife Joni is also a Purdue engineering graduate (BS ’84, MS ’85) and they have four children and three grandchildren. Their son and oldest daughter are both Purdue graduates (Ph.D ’18, DVM ‘18).

He may be reached at [email protected]