Pastor Steve's Testimony
I grew up in Portland Oregon, in a middle class family. I was raised being taught right from wrong; sadly as I grew older I decided that the wrong road was for me. In the beginning I was involved in a few petty crimes but eventually I was dealing and using drugs.
When I was twenty-one years old I was arrested for selling methamphetamines to an undercover narcotics agent. You’d think that would straighten me out, but it didn’t. By the time I was 30 years old I had lied, stolen, cheated and hated myself for it. I was smoked up, toked up, drunk up and fed up with my life!
I had heard through the years that Jesus would forgive all my sins if I would turn (repent) from them. I knew in the deepest part of my heart that I was guilty and deserved God’s judgment. I was told that if I’d put my trust in His Son and the Cross that He bore, I’d be forgiven. Well, on September 9th, 1982, I did just that. My life has never been the same!
In November of 1982 I met my wife, Annie, at New Song Church and in April of 1984 we were married. The next 5 years were years of spiritual growth and challenges. We knew God had something for us to do for His kingdom. I felt that He was calling us to Bible School so off we went in August of 1987. After graduation in 1989 we took a youth pastor’s position at Portland Victory Fellowship under the pastorate of David Hummel. In June of 1991 we welcomed our first daughter, Stephanie, into the world and three years later in May our second daughter, Lindsay.
I continued to do youth ministry until February of 2001 and then became an associate pastor at Life Christian Center under Pastor J. D. Henderson.
It was in January of 2005 that God sent us out with our pastor’s blessing. We prepared our hearts for one year before we pioneered Southeast Christian Center.