Stepps becomes pastor at Shady Grove MBC


Minister Robin R. Stepps was recently elected and installed to serve as the new pastor of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Tucker.

According to a news release, Stepps is the first African-American female elected to serve an established African-American Baptist congregation in Arkansas and the second woman to serve as a full-time Chaplain for the Arkansas Department of Correction. She was installed on March 9.

Stepps had served as Interim Pastor of the Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church since August 2013. She was mentored and ordained for ministry by her predecessor and former pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Harris.

Stepps earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics/family and consumer science in 1980 and a master’s degree in addictions studies from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She completed her clinical pastoral education at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in 2012. She became a licensed Missionary in 2002 and a licensed evangelist in 2004. She is a retired Arkansas public school teacher with 24 years at Central High School in the Little Rock School District. She spent the last year of her 32-year career at Jack Robey Junior High School in the Pine Bluff School District .

Stepps serves as an adjunct professor for the Department of Business Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and chaplain for the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Varner Unit.

Stepps has also had the distinction of being a motivational speaker and presenter for groups such as the Arkansas Drug and Alcohol Prevention Board and Arkansas Education Association conventions. She is the founder of “PROMISE’ Promoting Renewal Of Minds In Spiritual Education. She is a member of the Pine Bluff Retired Teachers Association and Delta Pi Beta Honors Society.

Stepps has received numerous honors and awards for her outstanding church and community service. She was honored as Teacher of the Year/ Little Rock Central High in 1999 and is noted in the current post listings of Who’s Who Among Educators, and Who’s Who Among Professional Women.

Stepps is the wife of Deacon Michael L. Stepps. She is the daughter of the late Ruth J. Tanks of Pine Bluff. She and her husband are the parents of Brittany Collins and Lametria Stepps of England, Louise Smith of Indianapolis, and Donnell Collins Jr. and LaSadie Collins of Little Rock. They have four grandchildren.