Stephen F. Mason, has been the pastor of Greater Pearlie Grove M. B. Church, Jackson, MS, for 22 years. He teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ that encourages, exhorts, and challenges people to move from religion to relationship.
Reverend Mason is the youngest of three children, born to the late Jonathan & Iranetta Mason. Rev. Mason’s life and ministry have been profoundly shaped by the nurturing care of his mother and the loving discipline of his father. His “real life” messages are infused with rich doses of witticisms, life lessons, and metaphors that he learned from his father.
Pastor Mason graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University in 1976. He was called to the ministry in October 1987 and was ordained in April 1988. He received further religious educational training at Wesley Methodist Seminary, Jackson, MS. He received a Masters of Divinity in New Testament Studies from the University of Biblical Studies and Seminary located in Bethany, Oklahoma, and received a Doctorate in Christian Education from Andersonville Baptist Seminary, Camilla, GA. His professional career as a teacher for over 20 years, prepared him for ministry.
Stephen pastored in Carthage, MS for seven years. May of 1995, Mason accepted the position of pastor at Greater Pearlie Grove M. B. Church. Since his tenure at Greater Pearlie Grove, Pastor Mason has allowed God to use him to promote healing and stability. He carried out a building project completion that had been started prior to his arrival.
Because of the demands associated with the church’s growth, Rev. Mason found himself faced with the choice to continue his secular job, teaching in the public-school system, or to leave for full-time service to the church. Rev. Mason chose to trust God and to serve the church as full-time pastor. As a result of his faithfulness to God, the membership increased such that the initiation of a new church construction project became necessary. God was pleased to relocate Greater Pearlie Grove from its former location at Grand Avenue to its current home at 1640 West County Line Road. On Sunday, November 11, 2012, Greater Pearlie Grove held its first worship service in the new location.
Under his leadership, the church has grown so, that more full-time staff has been employed, an on-site storage facility, and plans for a much-needed church expansion. The spiritual growth of the church has yielded a need for additional new ministries, which are designed to meet the needs of the congregation and to proclaim Christ to the community. As pastor, Rev. Mason promotes the motto “Learn, Grow & Serve” in all aspects of his teachings.
Pastor Mason is married to the former Vickie Thompson of Flora, MS. They have been married for 32 years and share two children together – Nathan Andrew and Margaret Sinclair.