2017 Unstoppable Leadership Award recipients
Rev. Byron C. Stevenson and First Lady Sonya Taylor Stevenson
As Senior Pastor and founder of The Fort Bend Church in Sugar Land, TX, the Rev. Byron C. Stevenson leads a dynamic and growing church that Outreach Magazine named one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America.
The Stevensons church began with 600 members in 2004 in a small cafeteria in Sugar Land Middle school. Today, The Fort Bend Church – also known to its congregation as “The Bend” - rests on more than 13 acres, and has grown to meet the spiritual needs of more than 5,500 members, largely due to the talents, teachings and five core pillars that Stevenson and his wife, Sonya Taylor Stevenson, have established.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Stevensons are both Accounting graduates of Southern University in Baton Rouge, with First Lady Stevenson is a summa cum laude graduate. Rev. Stevenson has a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Houston Baptist University, and was named by the Houston Forward Times newspaper as one of Houston’s Visionary Pastors in 2013. Rev. Stevenson, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is a board member of the Houston Area Urban League, and is 1st Vice President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
First Lady Stevenson serves as the Executive Director of The Bend. Her interests in children and youth led her create KALEIDOSCOPE, a 501 (c) (3) organization that supports educational and enrichment programs through the church. To date, the organization has raised more than $50,000 for college scholarships, field trips and summer camp activities for youth and children.
The Stevensons are the proud parents of two college-attending daughters.
Popular Houston radio disc jockey to be honored at HCC Black History Scholarship Gala
HOUSTON [February 2, 2017] – Kandi Eastman, the award-winning midday disc jockey for KMJQ-FM/Majic 102.1 and one of the best-loved radio personalities in Houston, will honored at the 2017 Houston Community College Black History Scholarship Gala 6 p.m., Saturday, February 25th, at Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main St.
Eastman, known as “The Sweet Talker,” will receive the scholarship gala’s Unstoppable Leader award, which highlights outstanding local individuals who have made significant differences on the front lines of the community.
These awards are given to visionary leaders who are the best in their fields and are virtually “unstoppable.” They continually overcome obstacles to soar to greater heights. Eastman joins Senior Pastor Byron Stevenson and First Lady Sonya Taylor Stevenson as Unstoppable Leaders for the Class of 2017.
“We are incredibly grateful to have Ms. Eastman accept our invitation to honor her at the scholarship gala,” says Michael Edwards, chair of the HCC Black History Committee. “Kandi has worked in Houston for 22 years. She is a true icon. And her personal story of triumph is especially important to note and celebrate.”
Eastman, who worked for stations in Boston, Raleigh and Norfolk, Virginia, before joining Majic 102.1 in 1994, announced on air in 2013 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She successfully underwent cancer treatment, has since has triumphantly returned to her normal radio duties and professional life. Eastman is the mother of two grown sons and a frequent emcee at scores of community events.
Now in its 11th year, the HCC Black History Scholarship Gala raises funds to support educational opportunities for deserving students at HCC. The gala is part of the HCC Foundation, a 501©3 organization that provides college scholarships for HCC students.
The keynote speaker for the 2017 scholarship gala is the Honorable Teta Banks, chair of the United National Association. The UNA-USA promotes the mission and goals of the United Nations. Ms. Banks was elected Chair of the United Nations Association at its annual Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. in July, 2016.