Steve has a BS in Bible and Ministry Leadership from Lancaster Bible College. He also attended graduate school at Southern Adventist University studying Outdoor Education. He was a Chaplain in Rescue Missions both in Pennsylvania and Washington DC for a total of ten years as well as the Director of Camp Bennett in Brookeville, MD for seven of those years. It was at the camp that his passion for outdoor ministry really took root as he developed a wilderness based leadership program for both teens at the camp and adults who were in recovery from Drug and Alcohol addiction. He also was the Executive Pastor at Christ Fellowship Assembly of God in Olney, MD during that time. Steve has been an electrician since moving back to Pa.
While in Maryland, Renée worked as the church secretary for Christ Fellowship Assembly of God as well as working as Director of Operations for Camp Bennett in the summers. While at the camp, she began homeschooling both of their kids and did so through their graduation. After raising their children, Renée spent 17 years working in the mental health field at Faith Friendship Ministries in Mountville, Pa. She currently works for By Your Side, an in home elder care organization.
Steve and Renée have been married since 1987 and have been residing in Lancaster, PA since 2002. Both of their kids are now married and have children of their own. Steve and Renée plan to relocate to Alaska in early 2020.
Serving as missionaries with LightShine Ministries, Steve and Renée will be working through Regent Life Church in Homer, AK. One of the major things that they will be doing is helping to develop a prison ministry and eventually a “transition to community” ministry for men and women coming out of prison.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to work through Regent Life Church and developing a prison ministry with them. We look forward to bringing LightShine teams from the lower 48 to build into the lives of those who have made poor choices and are now paying the consequences for those choices. Sharing the hope that is only found through Jesus Christ and helping these individuals learn to walk victoriously through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Steve and Renée are looking to raise $5000.00 per month in missionary support. If you or your church would be interested in giving towards this ministry endeavor you can click the link below. Feel free to call Steve and Renée at 717-799-8041 for more information. More than the finances, your prayers are coveted as they take this step of faith for the next season of life. You can also follow them on Facebook.