Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Tucker is the founding and senior pastor of the New Commandment Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School (Oscar Robertson) in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, and Saint Mary's Seminary & Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He received a doctorate degree from the Determined Biblical & Theological Institute also in Baltimore.
Dr. Tucker organized the New Commandment Baptist Mission with 18 members in early 1990 and was set apart later that year by Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., of the New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore. The church purchased their first building on Park Road, Washington, D.C., the number one drug trafficking block in the city at the time. In rapid succession the church purchased an adjoining house, acquired property across the street, and in the rear of their building. Later on, they would purchase an apartment building one block over for the purpose of creating affordable housing in the community.
In 1997, Dr. Tucker became a co-founder of Jobs Partnership Greater Washington, a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to bring churches and businesses together to train, mentor, and employ the unemployed, underemployed, and the hard to serve, including the ex-offender. There have been more than 3,000 participants assisted by the organization's programs.
Dr. Tucker has served on the following boards: National Jobs Partnership, Council of Churches of Greater Washington, Washington Halfway House for Women, the Collective Banking Group of Prince George's County, the Interfaith Council of Washington, D.C. & Vicinity, the Church Association for Community Service, the Ward One Drug Free Coalition, the Faith-Based Community Action Project, and the Mayor's Faith Advisory Council.
He is currently President of Jobs Coalition, Vice-President-at-Large of the National Capital Baptist Convention of D.C. & Vicinity, board member of the D.C. Students Construction Trade Foundation, and Project Bridges.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Roberta Cornell Tucker and they have two children, Kimberly and Steffani and four wonderful grandchildren, Jessica, Dewayne, Kayden, and Jordyn.