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Lonnie Steven Southern, American minister. Ordained to ministry Christian Church, 1974. Decorated Army Achievement medal with oak leaf, Commendation medal with oak leaf, National Defense medal, Reserve Officer Achievement medal, Meritorious Service medal with oak leaf, 1993; named Best Senior Officer, 1990; recipient California Medal of Merit, District of Columbia National Guard Impact award, 1994.


Southern, Lonnie Steven was born on September 6, 1947 in San Diego, California, United States. Son of Henry Benjamin and Juanita Hilda (Fishburn-Bandy) Southern.


BTh, Northwest Christian College, Eugene, Oregon, 1970. Doctor of Ministry, School Theology, Claremont, California, 1977.


Minister to youth Hillsboro (Oregon) Christian Church, 1967-1969. Associate minister Lebanon (Oregon) Christian Church, 1969-1970. Minister in training 1st Christian Church, Pomona, California, 1970-1974.

Associate minister, pastor Sullivan (Illinois)-Allenville Christian Churches, 1974-1976. Senior pastor South Bay Christian Church, Redondo Beach, California, 1976-1980. Pastor Allenville (Illinois) Christian Church, 1980-1986.

Senior minister 1st Christian Church, Selma, California, 1986-1988, Bethany Park Christian Church, Rantoul, Illinois, 1988-1993, Fairfax (Virginia) Christian Church, since 1993. Vice president Sullivan Ministerial Association, 1975, president, 1982-1983. Chairman Regional Christian Education Commission, Sullivan, 1983-1986, Lakeland Cluster of Christian Churches, Sullivan, 1983-1986, South San Joaquin Cluster of Christian Churches, Fresno, California, 1986-1988.

Board directors, member executive committee Southern California Council of Churches, Los Angeles, 1976-1978. Vice president, board directors All Peoples Community Center, Los Angeles, 1977-1979, College Christian Professional Ministers, Illinois, Wisconsin, 1988-1990. President South Bay Interfaith Council, Redondo Beach, 1979-1980, Selma (California) Ministerial Association, 1987-1988.

Regional board directors Christian Churches of Illinois and Wisconsin, 1983-1986. Dean East Prairie Cluster, Rantoul, 1989-1991. Vice president Christian Church Capital Area Ministers Association, 1994-1995, president 1996-1998.

Consultant Pilgrimage Christian Church Inner City Ministry, 1993. Religious/human services coalition Fairfax County Faith in Action, since 1998.


  • Ordained to ministry Christian Church, 1974.


Member Redondo Beach Coordinator Council, 1976-1979, Redondo Beach Mayor's Roundtable, 1977-1980, Moultrie County Adult Youth Awareness Council, Sullivan, 1981-1986, Base Reuse adn Development Executive Committee, Rantoul, 1990-1993. Member executive committee Save Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, 1990. Major United States Army District of Columbia National Guard.

Member Rotary (Paul Harris fellow 1990).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, golf.


Married Vicki Leona Musgrave, August 18, 1968. Children: Katherine Michelle, Jesse Ryan.

Henry Benjamin Southern

Juanita Hilda (Fishburn-Bandy) Southern

Vicki Leona Musgrave

Katherine Michelle Southern

Jesse Ryan Southern