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Missionary Robert (Bob) Stevens, who served as the first Executive Director of the Dominican Development Group, died on July 29, 2019. The members of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Development Group express their sincere sympathy to his wife, Dr. Vickie Hall Stevens, and to the Stevens family.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, August 31, at 1 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Episcopal Church (5441 9th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710) with a Celebration of Life immediately following in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bob Stevens Memorial Fund through the Dominican Development Group (http://dominicandevelopmentgroup.org/donate) to continue his efforts to support Latin American communities in need.

For an article about his life by Garland Pollard, Director of Communications of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, click here. For a PDF copy of his book, El Peregrino: The Practical Journey of a Missionary, click here.

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant Bob, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. — Book of Common Prayer


The Dominican Development Group (DDG), a non-profit organization within The Episcopal Church, assists the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic with project planning, program development, and construction expertise; raises funds for the diocesan endowment; and coordinates the schedules and the work projects of mission teams from the United States working in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

The DDG works closely with the Episcopal dioceses with companion relationships with the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic: Central Gulf Coast, Eastern Michigan, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwest Texas, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, Western Louisiana, and Western Michigan. The DDG also helps coordinate the work of other organizations that support mission teams and other projects in the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. The DDG is a Partner Organization in the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN).

Mailing address:
The Dominican Development Group | PO Box 272261 | Tampa FL 33688-2261 USA

Office location:
The Dominican Development Group | C/O St. Mark’s Episcopal Church | 13312 Cain Road | Tampa FL 33625-4004 USA

Bill Kunkle is the DDG’s Executive Director. Contact information: Voice (813) 400-2722 | Fax (813) 963-5082 |
Email bkunkle@dominicandevelopmentgroup.org