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Fred Stevens



Fred Stevens was born to Homer and Edna Stevens on June 11, 1930, in Vancouver, B.C. He was not from a Christian home, but at age twelve he was led to Christ by a Pentecostal outreach group. Fred whole-heartedly committed his life to Christ and this began his great journey of faith. Fred later had a second spiritual experience of being baptized in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. Fred felt called to the ministry and graduated from the British Columbia Bible Institute, and later began preaching in churches throughout B.C.

Fred soon felt called to the Kenya mission field and served there from 1954 to 1958, where he taught in a Bible College and trained students for ministry. Fred would later return to Canada and receive a teaching degree from U.B.C. in 1959. It was in Vancouver that Fred met his wife to be, Taimi Lige. They met one Sunday when she was walking home from church. They had many dates and on the joyful day of July 3, 1959, Fred and Taimi married.

Fred became a teacher at Strathcona Elementary School in Vancouver, where he served a full career. He was very dedicated to his work. He was known for his involvement in the school's table tennis program, which he ran. Fred poured his life into his work and into his students. When Fred was 40, Taimi gave birth to their son, Shawn, and five years later to their daughter, Krista. The family lived in North Vancouver. Fred completed his career and retired at age 55.

Upon retirement, Fred moved the family to Langley, where they lived in Walnut Grove and later south Langley. Fred and family helped clear the land and a beautiful house was constructed, where he would live out the rest of his life.

Fred Stevens, at the age of 93, died June 8, 2024. He peacefully passed in the early morning hours that Saturday. He is loved and missed by his family. He is appreciated for his rich faith experience, for his commitment to those he taught and led, for his dedication to his family, for his generosity towards others, for his sense of humour, and for his quality of life. Fred Stevens was a very special person, whose life truly had impact and influence on others. Rest in peace.

Fred's celebration of life will be on Monday, June 24, 2024, 10:00 am Rose of Sharon Baptist Church.

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