Pastor Ripton Stewart was born to Jamaican parents in the city of London, England. He remained in Europe until his teenage years, when his family relocated to the United States. They joined other family members who had previously moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon moving to Milwaukee, he attended Daniel Webster, Junior High School, he graduated and attended Custer High School and completed his high school career when he graduated from Bay View.
From there he attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Though he was doing well in college, he decided he wanted to see more of the world so he joined the U. S. Navy and spent the next four years serving his country and traveling the world. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1986, the young Stewart returned to Milwaukee. Eyes had not seen, nor had ears heard, what the Lord had in store for this young man.
Upon his return to Milwaukee he began to seek a stronger relationship with God. He states that since he was a child he felt a strong sense of God around him, a sense that went far beyond his years. He will tell you that he knows it was God’s Spirit guiding him through life. He soon heard confirmation of God’s call to the ministry of preaching and teaching, which he had heard early in his life. In 1993 he became a licensed minister. He attended Trinity International University, and after much training and continuing education, he became ordained in December, 2002.
As a lay person, and later associate minister, he served in a variety of leadership and support roles during a 15 year membership at Christ the King Church in Milwaukee. During this time he met and married Cynthia (Davis) Stewart and the two now enjoy the beauty and love of their daughter and handsome son. It was also during his time as an associate minister that he maintained a career in law enforcement with the Milwaukee Police Department where he worked as a police officer and was later promoted to detective. Even though law enforcement was a career he enjoyed, it was not his passion. His desire to preach and to minister to the masses was a pull he was unable to ignore. In the summer of 2003, Rev. Stewart retired from the Police Department after 14 years of service. In spite of his plans to relocate to a warmer climate, God laid it upon his heart to plant a church in the Milwaukee community and in February, 2004, he began to take guided steps according to God’s leading, to develop the ministry that we now know as Transformation Temple. In June, 2004, Transformation Temple opened its doors for its first worship service. The congregation has been growing and developing steadily since that day.