In a society and educational system that teaches moral relativism, it’s no wonder research shows that around 80% of students who start college with faith in Jesus will not graduate with those same convictions. Although Stephen does not count himself among that statistic, his own experience in his early 20s, part of which was spent at Fitchburg State University, showed him just how hard it can be to navigate the waters of those years without solid Christian community to support you along the way and keep you true to the faith. Stephen worked as an English teacher overseas for 4.5 years, an experience that taught him the beauty of the diversity of the Church and how important it is to live life with the posture of a humble learner. We are all many parts of one body, each with their own gifts for the equipping of the saints. He plans to use the lessons learned from these experiences stateside and abroad to foster a community of brothers and sisters, both domestic and international, that learn from, depend on, and challenge each other to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by Christ.
Stephen started his personal faith journey at the age of 14 after a life changing experience that left him with a deep longing for Christian community. As a teen he attended his home fellowship’s youth group, served as a peer youth leader, and worked as a radio ministry intern. However, after graduating high school, Stephen was unsure of himself and of what to do with his life. This season of lacking direction found him in and out of college multiple times, taking a gap year two times to attend a discipleship program and to work some parttime jobs, all in an attempt to find some greater and more meaningful purpose. In all this wandering it was the faithful words and presence of brothers and sisters along the way that kept him on the path and fostered his passion for discipleship and community. Today, Stephen and his wife Kayley have a shared passion for opening their hearts and home to people in need through mentoring and hospitality. They plan to live nearby FSU and create a home that can be used as a safe place for college students to come connect with each other, be encouraged in their walk with Jesus, and find support through life’s trials.
Stephen and his wife Kayley have two little girls: Alexandra and Amelia.
Stephen has a B.A. in Linguistics, minor in Chinese Language from Gordon College and a Certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Massachusetts, United States