In Memory of




Obituary for Reverend Steve Spears

Steven Doyle Spears, 71, completed his earthly journey and entered eternity on November 1, 2022.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 46 years, Teri Spears; son and daughter-in-law Shane and Teryn Spears, daughter Shannon Spears; grandchildren Seth, Eli, Zach, and Sam Spears, and Zoe Harris; and sister Judi Boyd, husband Randall, and their children Jacob and Rebecca and their respective families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle Lamar Spears and Faith Spears White, as well as brothers David and Daniel Spears.

Steve was born into a family of evangelists, entered full-time ministry as a teenager, and never looked back. When he was 21, his family became the first global evangelist missionaries to be commissioned by the United Pentecostal Church International. The Spears family ministered in over 30 countries and were instrumental in the development of the UPCI’s Partner in Missions program, which currently supports churches in 238 nations. Steve was a gifted musician and singer with multiple recordings, and preacher, whose strong gift of faith allowed him to see thousands of people healed and filled with the Holy Ghost.

In 1971 at the UPCI’s General Conference in Miami, Steve first met Teri Tenney and as was obvious for the rest of his life, it was love at first sight. They married in 1976 and continued their lifelong pursuit of furthering the Kingdom of God together. For over four decades, they worked together in ministry, both as evangelists and pastors, and he held her hand as he took his final breath.

Steve loved travel, music, good food, and the Dallas Cowboys. He was a dedicated and loving father, Poppa, husband, and pastor, who instilled in his children, grandchildren, and countless others a love for God, a passion for souls, and a longing for eternity. His love for life and a good laugh were contagious, and his kind and encouraging words will continue to comfort those who mourn his loss.

Visitation will take place at Gallagher Funeral Home in Pineville, Louisiana from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022. In honor of Steve’s request, the day will conclude with a simple graveside service at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 3:00 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Tupelo Children’s Mansion in Tupelo, Mississippi.