Stephaine was teaching at Harvard after finishing medical school when her pastor John Borders III in Boston wanted her to meet Bishop Joseph Walker. Though she was skeptical about dating a minister, after a few phone calls she realized she had met the man she asked God for.
“I told him early I didn’t want to know the Bishop, I needed to know Joseph—the person he is behind closed doors,” she says.
“When I would get frustrated about meeting my mate, my mother told me what you are looking for is looking for you,” she says. "I didn’t know what that meant until I met Joseph. He was exactly what I was looking for and was looking for me.”
Joseph lost his first wife to cancer three years before meeting Stephaine. He finally felt ready to love again when they were introduced. It wasn’t easy for him trying to begin dating as a minister, and he kept his eyes outside his own church. He knew he needed help greater than him.
“I was in Nashville and she was in Boston,” he says. “I prayed and had my list on what I wanted in a wife. At the right time and the right place God will connect you. We have to keep the faith.”
Family is key to both of the newlyweds. The first time Joseph met her father, he was wearing jeans. Stephaine laughs remembering her father asking, “What kind of bishop is he?” The two families quickly bonded and celebrated the couple’s relationship.
Joseph showered his special lady with 33 presents for her 33rd birthday—and a marriage proposal last year. Stephaine belted back “absolutely” with a twang, and did the same with her vows during the wedding ceremony.