Dr. Stacy L. Spencer is arguably one of the country’s emerging pastoral leaders and visionaries. He serves as Senior Pastor, New Direction Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The man of humble beginnings now leads one of the country’s fastest growing congregations with a membership of more than 7,000 members in three campuses in the Memphis area and another in Dutwya, South Africa in only 8 years.
The Olmstead, Ky. native is a tech-savvy pastor as he ministers to thousands throughout cyberspace using Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and YouTube. In July 2009, New Direction was the first church in the region to use the social networking sites to connect worshippers to New Direction’s webcast of its weekly Bible Study. Using New Direction’s mobile app, people can watch the Bible study live, post comments, and chat with other viewers. Using Twitter, congregants (online and live) can tweet about the message and post questions.
Dr. Spencer is an accomplished author. In 2018, Dr. Spencer released “3D Relationships: Three Relationship Dimensions to Lead You Into Your Purpose.” In 2009, Pastor Spencer published “Naked and Unashamed: The Journey Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage “(Stasis Productions). The book helps Christian married couples begin the journey toward sexual fulfillment. The impetus for the book was his widely successful Bible study, 40 Nights of Great Sex. More than 400 diverse couples attended the 5-week marriage seminar. The interactive classes, co-facilitated with his wife, Rhonda F. Spencer, were profiled in Commercial Appeal, Time Magazine, ABC Nightline and garnered international attention from France and Germany. In January 2010, Dr. Spencer released his second book, “U-Turn: 12 Step Guide to Spiritual Transformation”, written to help people experience a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with Christ. His daily devotional is also included in the 2007 “365 Meditations for Men by Men” (Abbington Press) and his two of his sermons were in the 2001 African American Pulpit.
Dr. Spencer serves as Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Power Center Community Development Corporation. The independent non-profit Power Center CDC launched the Power Center Academy, a Memphis City Schools Charter School, educating more than 100 sixth grade students. He earned a Doctorate of Divinity from Drew University, Madison, N.J. (1999), a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. (1993) and a Bachelor in Broadcast Communication, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky. (1990).
He and his wife, Rhonda, are the proud parents of four sons: Calvin, Omari, Jordan and Jaden Lynn.