Preacher's wife begins ministering at local strip clubs

Preacher's wife begins ministering at local strip clubs

Posted: Updated: Aug 26, 2013 10:56 PM
Erin Stevens began the ministry Strip Church one year ago. Erin Stevens began the ministry Strip Church one year ago.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The wife of a Middle Tennessee preacher has begun a unique ministry program that reaches out to strippers.

Erin Stevens told News 2 she was led to begin the ministry, the "Strip Church," nearly one year ago. 

"I just felt God say, 'Go feed the strippers,'" Stevens recalled.

She made some phone calls and was shocked when the manager of a local strip club agreed to her visiting the adult businesses last October to provide workers with a hot meal.

"The manager said, 'You can come next Thursday,'" Stevens said.

At the business, Stevens met a young woman named "Sarah" who said she entered the adult business as a way to pay her bills and help make ends meet.

"[I] decided to start dancing so I could start paying the bills for my kids," Sarah explained.

After seeing Stevens at her now former workplace with catered meals on multiple occasions, "Sarah" asked why she was so willing to give her time to the newfound ministry.

"One day I decided to ask her why, why do you do this? Why do you give so much so selflessly?" Sarah recalled, adding, "[She was] kind of different because all the other people try to save you or change you, and she just wanted to show us she loved us."

"Sarah" told News 2 that since meeting Stephens, she has begun going to church and has quit dancing.

"About a week after going to church, I decided I would never go back [to stripping]. [I] didn't need it. I took a leap of faith and just put my trust in God 100%," she explained.

Since last fall, Stevens has helped women with everything from education to child care.

She added that she never goes into a strip club with a Bible or sermon.

The ministry is supported by the Friendship Community Church, where Stevens' husband serves as the pastor.

For more information on Stevens' ministry, click here.

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