Pr. Steve grew up in Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He served congregations in Indiana and California before coming to Esperanza in 1997. He also earned a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University and has served as a counselor in both healthcare and private practice settings. He enjoys playing a variety of stringed folk instruments and the Irish Bodhran and has what borders on an unhealthy obsession with boats. He and Cyndy. his wife of over 30 years, have two grown children and one grandchild.