Stephen Barbee: Inspirational Preacher, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Facilitator
5 years ago
In July 2001,Stephen returned to Lawrence for what he thought would be a brief visit. Still struggling with his drug and alcohol addiction, he floated from job to job and relationship to relationship. During the summer of 2005, he was still under the influence on a daily basis not knowing one of his drug locations was under federal surveillance. Twice during the month of July, he was seen at this location.
On December 21, 2007, while at work in Topeka, Kansas, two detectives came to his place of employment with a warrant for his arrest. His original charge was 10 years to life for distribution of 5-kilo of crack cocaine. On this day, he was released on a $25,000 signature bond. In May 2008, his bond was revoked because of Stephen’s continual use of drugs while out and having several dirty UA’s. He was transported to Community Correction of America (a federal detention center for federal inmates) in Leavenworth, Kansas.
On August 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 70 months in the Bureau of Prisons. While there, God began a new work in Stephen’s life. In December of 1991, he was licensed for the Gospel Ministry; September 1997, he was ordained for the Gospel Ministry. As part of his incarceration, he was assigned a work detail. They placed him in religious services/chapel. God showed Stephen that he was restored. He was able to use his spiritual gifts while in prison. He also applied to be accepted in the BOP-RDAP program. This was a 500 hour intensive drug program; if completed successfully, he would be granted an early release.
On January 18, 2012, he was released from prison after serving 44 months. When God restores, He restores because Stephen’s first place of employment was City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri, 73 days after his release.
God has truly opened doors for Stephen since his release from prison. He has served at City Union Mission, Restart Inc., Grace United Community Ministries, Metro Lutheran Ministry and Second Chance Program. At Metro Lutheran Ministry, Stephen was a program coordinator. He played an important role with their re-entry program. He understood those whom he served because of his struggles with drugs, alcohol and imprisonment.
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