Bishop Kelvin G. Stewart,the founder of Rivers of Joy Ministries in Jonesboro, Louisiana encourages and inspires his sons and daughters to excel beyond the norm of just traditional church into an excellent praise and worship experience with God. With 21 years in ministry in the area, he preaches the uncompromising word of God with simplicity, clarity and understanding in an exuberant manner that reaches generations of lost souls.
Kelvin G. Stewart is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana, born to Ivory and Doris Stewart. It is to his childhood nurturing that he credits as the source of his own integrity, discipline, and self-reliance. He graduated from Opelousas Catholic High School and enrolled at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While attending, he became a member of the track team and became known for his skill in track events. In December of 1989 he earned a Bachelors' degree in Municipal and Therapeutic Recreation.
In 1980 Kelvin G. Stewart became an active member of Greater New Testament United Pentecostal Church. Since the inception of his newly found faith, Bishop Stewart has been consistently enthusiastic, effective and successful in church ministry . As an Outreach Director in 1982, he encouraged many people to change their life styles and pursue a personal relationship with God. In 1986 he became the Youth Director for the United Pentecostal Ethnic Outreach in the Louisiana State District. In this capacity, he organized summer camps for youth that drew over 300 participants from Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans, as well as the surrounding areas in Louisiana. Many attendees were saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.
In 1992 Bishop Stewart received his pastoral license from the United Pentecostal Church International. Thereafter he received 5 different offers to relocate his ministry; however, he was led by God to relocate to Jonesboro, Louisiana. His initial outreach in this area started with teaching bible study in the homes of local residents. As time passed, he recognized the need to expand his teaching. He purchased a building on Highway 167 (formerly a fishmarket) in Jonesboro and initially began ministering to a congregation of 15 members, including his wife and three children. He named the church Rivers of Joy Ministries. Because he continued to touch the lives of people in the area, the membership increased. His vision continued to move forward and he was empowered to build a new facility to accomodate the increase in members. In 1998 he purchased land to build a new sanctuary that is now located at 1723 Main Street.
Bishop Stewart received his license from the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) in May 2000 and was elected to serve as the Coordinator for African American Pastors of the IPHC Mid-South Conference , and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for the IPHC Mid South Ministries (also known as the International Pentecostal Holiness Church Mid South Conference).
Bishop Stewart is a strong advocate for economic development in Jackson Parish. He has collaborated with the local political and civic leaders to promote growth in the economy. He established a faith based economic development program known as JOY I.M.P.A.C.T. Inc. to provide the information and resources needed to help the youth and young adults of Jackson Parish to become academically successful and economically productive citizens. Programs offered under the auspices of JOY I.M.P.A.C.T. Inc. include Entrepreneurship Training, 1st Time Youth Offenders Assistance, Youth Mentorship and Job Readiness Training.
Bishop Kelvin G. Stewart is a man of integrity and wisdom, who strives for a spirit of excellence. He is indisputabley a voice of God who brings Love and Hope to the quality of life to God's people.
Bishop Stewart has been happily married to Pastor Rhonda Stewart since 1981. They are the parents of three children: Glenita, Angelia and Timothy. Their ministry began in the early 1990s