Stephen received his very first “music excellence award” while attending elementary school in his hometown of New Castle, Indiana – an affirmation that inspired his lifelong passion for music and ministry.
After graduating from Jackson College of Ministries with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Stephen accepted a position as an assistant music director under the Grammy-nominated Gospel music composer, Lanny Wolfe, while also serving as an instructor at the college. In the years following, he developed his strengths as an accomplished arranger, worship leader, pastor, and mentor.
Stephen is married to Jana, his wife of 34 years, and together they have four children and one grandchild. He enjoys classical music, long walks, good food, family gatherings, all things Disney, the ocean and his dogs Bella and Lacey.