Steve joined the staff at Living Word Church in October of 2011 as Worship and Music Pastor.  He has served in Worship and Music ministry for more than 25 years, all with churches in the greater Kansas City area.  Steve and his wife Patti met while on tour with a contemporary Christian music group called "Wings of Light" in 1979.  Steve was the trumpet / flugelhorn player and Patti was a vocalist.  They were married in 1980 and have four children, Steven, Aaron (married to Kandra), Seth, and Rachel.

Steve received his B.S. in Music Education from William Jewell College, Liberty MO, and attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City MO (Masters of Religious Ed. / Emphasis in Church Music).  Steve was a public school Jr. High and Sr. High band director for 3 years before entering the full time church music ministry.

 

Role: Worship and Music Pastor

 

Favorite Quotes: "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."   C.S. Lewis

"To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God."   William Temple

 

Favorite Verses: Isaiah 40:31,   Jeremiah 6:16,   Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Favorite Food: K&M BBQ,  Springhill, KS      Hillsdale Bank BBQ,  Hillsdale, KS     We B Smokin' BBQ,  Paola, KS          (Do you think we see a pattern here?!)

 

Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs,    Oklahoma Sooners

 

Pets: 2 Welsh Corgis,  named Harley and Jazz

 

Random Fact: I learned to water ski at age 6 and made it up on my very first try.

 

Favorite Movies: Historical / Epic Dramas,   "Braveheart"  "Gladiator"   "Open Range"  "Dances With Wolves"   "The Patriot"

 

Hobbies: I enjoy motorcycles.  I own two Harleys (one with two big wheels and one with four short legs).  I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, range shooting and hiking.

 

Favorite Music: Contemporary Christian  (Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Hillsong United, etc.)   Big Band Swing,  Classic Jazz,  Classical Symphony Orchestral