Rufus D. Stephens Living to Encourage

Speaker, Author, Master Encourager.

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Leave a Mark!

8 ways to help your students become their best selves

Teachers and school counselors interact with their students daily, class after class, year after year, impacting many children. That’s an extraordinary opportunity to mold young lives and build self-esteem—to leave positive marks! In this short but powerful book, authors Connie Johnson and Rufus Stephens offer eight clear ways to help educators provide this positive influence. Offering visibility, accountability, and belonging in the classroom are three of the “marks” discussed. Case stories and life experiences are shared to remind that marks left can be good or not so good and both will be remembered, so make sure the marks you leave are positive!

"it's not as important when you bloom as that you bloom."

Rufus D. Stephens



Becky Sansbury


"And bring it home you did, Rufus! You touched our hearts, engaged our minds, and got our feet headed in the right direction."

Meridith Oliver


"If you are looking for gravitas, warmth, and knowledge in a speaker — look no further than Rufus Stephens!"

“Rufus has a way with audiences...  That energizes and encourages at the same time” –– Wendy gates-corbett


to Encourage.

Rufus is a native of Savannah, GA. He graduated from Savannah State University and pursued graduate degrees at the University of Florida and National Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife, Cynthia, for 22 years, and they have four grown children and four grandchildren.

He is a former business owner, corporate executive, and an ordained minister of twenty years. Rufus has engaged in his passion for public speaking for over twenty-five years. He has won numerous awards for his much loved presentations. In 2015, Rufus formed a motivational speaking business called Raisin’ the Rufe Communications. His empowering presentations are always geared to energize the listener toward personal appreciation and active accomplishment.

Listed among his audiences are the DePaul Alumni Association, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Georgia House of Representatives, the National Hookup of Black Women, Savannah State University, the S.P. Richards Co., and the Delaware School Nutrition Association. Rufus is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Eta Chapter.

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