Over the last decade, Stephen Hurd has distinguished himself as one of the leading voices in urban praise and worship music. Stephen takes great joy in serving as Assistant Minister of Music at his home church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md., under Pastor John Jenkins. In addition to being a worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist, Steven is an educator in worship ministry, running workshops and being involved in larger conferences. He believes that worship is “tapping into God’s heart and making a commitment to live in that space.” Because this is something that he practices, Stephen has become prolific in the posture of praise. He uses his innate ability to authentically usher in the presence of the Lord through corporate worship. It’s that passion for ministry that landed Stephen among a who’s who of praise and worship practitioners on Gospel Today’s August 2005 cover. He’s designed his sixth CD, O That Men Would Worship, as a tool to inspire men to take on a greater leadership role in conducting worship. Steven believes when men understand their place in the worship community and step up into that role, their family relationships will be stronger and the whole community will be blessed.