Kansas pastor dies after bike accident

Stevens Stevens

David Allen Stevens, 64, pastor of Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita, Kan., died Sept. 4 after a bicycle accident the previous day.

A car struck the bicycle he was riding as he took his usual Saturday morning ride, according to a statement from the church.

“He had the proper biking safety gear,” the statement said. “It was not a hit-and-run. He died with his beloved family with him at 2:17 a.m. Sunday.”

Stevens was lead pastor at Hope since 2014. He previously served as lead pastor at Eden Mennonite Church in Moundridge, Kan., from 2006 to 2014; associate pastor at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania from 1992 to 2006; associate pastor at First Mennonite Church in Denver, Colo., from 1988 to 1992; and pastor at First Baptist Church in Salem, N.J., from 1985 to 1988.

He wrote articles for The Mennonite, Gospel Herald, Mennonite Weekly Review and Adult Bible Study.

Born Dec. 6, 1957, in Camden, N.J., he earned a bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University and a master of divinity degree at Eastern Baptist Seminary. He studied biblical interpretation at Iliff School of Theology.

In addition to his work as a pastor, Stevens taught Old Testament through Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s extension program, EMS’s School of Leadership Training and West Indies Theological College in Trinidad and Tobago. He served as a mentor to Chaguanas Mennonite Church in Trinidad.

He was set to return from a sabbatical Sept. 12.

Stevens’ obituary described him as a true shepherd who sought to be a source of comfort, peace and compassion and made certain to be present with his congregation through tragedies and joys.

He is survived by his wife, Carole, whom he married in 1984; daughters Laura (Daniel) and Katie (Josh); and three grandsons.

A memorial service was held Sept. 10 at Hope Mennonite Church.

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