Steve and Stacey have been married for twenty-three years and they have a daughter, Ashlyn, who is eighteen-years-old.
For twelve years Steve served as a youth and missions pastor in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Lord moved them from there to rural Illinois to help start a ranch for at-risk teenagers. There they lived with thirty boys, seventy horses, nine dogs, and some cats on one hundred acres of ranch land. The goal was to offer young men a place to escape the problems of home and get a new start in Christ while finishing their high school education and learning vocational skills.
Since returning to Hampstead in 2009 to begin the process of planting a Christ-centered, Bible-teaching church, Steve has been our bi-vocational pastor. Steve continues to work during the week with children in crisis throughout the week providing them a place of hope for the future as he works with a movement called Safe Families for Children (https://www.facebook.com/SafefamiliesSENC). Safe Families is a movement of Christians that returns the Church to the forefront of caring for the most vulnerable people group in society, at-risk children and their struggling parents.
Steve has his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and his Master of Divinity and Doctorate in Youth and Family Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Here is a short video that will help you understand the heart of Safe Families for Children.