May Agnew Stephens

May 22, 1865, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

March 19, 1935, Nyack, New York.


Stephens joined the Salvation Army in New York’s 3 Corps in 1890. She helped edit The War Cry, and worked on the training home staff and in the Candidates Department. Around 1897, she began serving as song leader and pianist at the Gospel Tabernacle with Albert Simpson. Two years later, she helped found the Eighth Avenue Mission, and in 1902 married Harold Lee Stephens (later pastor of the Parkdale Alliance Tabernacle in Toronto, Canada). For the next two and half decades she and her husband were traveling evangelists in America, Canada and Britain. Her works include:

  1. Afar from God in Weariness and Sin
  2. Come, Whosoever Will
  3. Far Away in Heathen Countries
  4. Have Faith in God
  5. I Choose Thee, Blessed Will of God
  6. I Will Follow Jesus
  7. Is There a Heart That Is Waiting?
  8. My Lord and I
  9. Prayer Changes Things
  10. ’Tis Better Far to Follow Jesus
  11. What, Never Thirst Again?

Stephens’ burial place