Pastor Steve is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Duke Divinity School. He served as a Pastor for 11 years at two United Methodist churches, in Glastonbury, CT and in Worcester MA. While in Glastonbury as a solo pastor, his focus was the spiritual development of the congregation, focusing on covenanted spiritual life growth groups and inspirational contemporary musical events, which led to the overall growth of the congregation. In Worcester, MA, he served as Associate Pastor at Wesley United Methodist in downtown Worcester. While at Wesley he was involved in starting and developing a number of social outreach projects including: Worcester Area Unemployed Support and Networking group, Food Pantry ministry, South Africa sister church project – prior to the end of apartheid, and the Prayer for Peace Crop Walk, through the Worcester County Ecumenical Council. Four years later he began a 5 year term as part-time Executive Director of the Council, which included churches from the Roman Catholic diocese and churches from all major branches of the Christian Church, 150 local churches overall. Leaving Wesley, he transferred his ministry credentials to the Central Association of the United Church of Christ and received training as a professional Interim Minister through the Interim Ministry Network. His first interim position was in Athol , MA and this was followed by positions at churches in Sudbury, Holden, Worcester (PCUSA), Needham (PCUSA), Norfolk (Federated with ABC), North Adams, Danvers, and Falmouth. During the interim phase of his career he helped churches to experience revitalization as well as finding a new pastor. This included guiding churches in creating vital vision and mission statements and in starting new activities that reflect the new direction. These activities included, the installation of a labyrinth, leading a church through the Open and Affirming process in the mid 1990’s, going on a mission trip to New Orleans following hurricane Katrina, working with Faith Formation Director, Elsa Marshall in Danvers, in developing creative faith formation experiences, and initiating a movement of U2charist worship services in UCC churches in Massachusetts that benefit social causes, which continues until today. FCC Sharon has hosted 2 U2charists, to benefit Bridge over Troubled Waters outreach to young adults without homes and the 2015 Pine Ridge Mission trip. Pastor Steve has been married to Betsy for 37 years and they are enjoying living in Easton near the historic Bay Rd. area. They have 3 chickens in the backyard and a house cat called Pippi. Their son Kyle lives in Jamaica Plain and is a business journalist, and their son Christopher lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a professional coffee roaster. Betsy works as an Occupational Therapist and also teaches fiber arts workshops throughout the area. She is an avid dyer, spinner, and knitter of wool. Steve’s favorite hobbies are music, reading, movies, waffle-making, woodworking, the outdoors, and sports. He played football in college and has been a BMX bike racer since 1997. Highlights of his career included racing with his son Chris for the Bike Works team (RI) in the BMX Grand Nationals in Louisville, with both achieving top 20 national ranking; and racing for Team USA at the BMX World Championships in Taiyuan, China, two months before the debut of BMX racing in the Olympics in Beijing. He has also enjoyed mentoring youth from urban backgrounds in BMX racing and coaching youth BMX teams. Steve enjoys singing and playing the guitar, banjo, and trumpet, and working with the musical team at FCC. He has served the United Church of Christ as Vice-Moderator of the Central Association, Vice-chair of the Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors, facilitator of Interim Minister’s Community of Practice, and is currently on the Pilgrim Association Board of Directors.