Stephen Lee Lyons was born in 1981 in Frankfurt, Germany to the late Bishop Dallas Lyons, Jr. and Pastor Aileen Lyons. He is a 1999 graduate of Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, NC. Shortly after graduation he attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where he accepted the call into ministry freshmen year at the age 19. In 2003 he received a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from NCCU. In April 2004 he was ordained and licensed by Everlasting Life Full Gospel Ministries located in Fayetteville, NC. Upon graduation he began work in the accounting field for a global company. It was during this time the Spirit of God led him to pursue a Masters of Divinity Degree at Shaw University. He would eventually graduate in May 2010.
He is married to Cyntria Bouknight-Lyons. Together, on September 19, 2009, they planted Everlasting Life Christian Church (ELCC). ELCC is a growing ministry that hosts weekly Monday night virtual Bible Studies; Sunday morning virtual worship services; mid-week virtual teachings; participates in community outreaches; and awards annual scholarships to college students.
Stephen is an author, a business owner, an Adjunct Instructor, Accounting Supervisor, and a mentor to young men throughout his community. He served as President of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chapter for seven years. As a bi-vocational minister, Stephen believes strongly that Christianity is a lifestyle that should overlap every area of our lives. He believes God has called all Christians to be the light in this dark and evil world. He believes WE must let the world know that our Savior's return is imminent, and that we must LOVE God more than anything in this world. His desires are that all be saved, all be baptized with Holy Ghost, all come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, and all understand their purpose on this Earth.
Cyntria Av'a Bouknight-Lyons was born in 1978 in Columbia, South Carolina to Carl and Sophia Bouknight. After graduating from Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC, Cyntria was accepted to and graduated from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC with a degree in Business Aministration. She then went back to school and obtained a Masters degree in Information Science from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Cyntria has been in the education industry for several years and has taught on both the elementary and college levels.
Cyntria served as the minstrel of music for 17 years at her home church in Sanford, NC, True Apostolic Deliverance Center under the leadership of Apostle Samuel and Mother Anne Thomas. There she was reared in the five-fold ministry and the prophetic anointing.
In August 2007 she married Pastor Stephen Lee Lyons. The couple have been together a total of 10 years. Together they planted Everlasting Life Christian Church, a growing ministry in Fuquay Varina, NC. Through this ministry they host Monday night calls where they discuss and breakdown the Word of God; facilitate weekly in-office Bible studies; and make monthly visits to Senter’s Adult Home for Assisted Living in Fuquay Varina.
Cyntria also has a singing group and is currently completing her first CD project. She also believes that HOLINESS IS RIGHT! There has to be a difference between the church and the world.