Called to pastor Lake Pointe shortly after its founding in 1979, Steve leads a congregation that has grown from an attendance of 53 at its inception to more than 12,000 each week meeting at nine campuses. In addition to leading Lake Pointe, Steve provides coaching to partnership churches in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Cuba, Russia, Mexico, South Africa, and North America. Lake Pointe has been instrumental in planting flagship churches in New York City, Las Vegas, Portland, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Washington, DC, and Montreal, Canada. Steve mentors young pastors in the Next Generation Pastors group of Leadership Network in Dallas. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Leadership Network as well.
Pastor Steve’s spiritual gifts are evangelism, leadership, and teaching. He has a passion for seeing that the Gospel is presented to unchurched people in a culturally relevant style without compromising its truth. He also believes that one of the keys to an effective church is keeping a balance between evangelism and discipleship. Because of this belief, he is a strong supporter of the small-group ministry at Lake Pointe.
Although he is a sought-after speaker and church consultant both nationally and throughout the world, his heart is for the local church, and he looks forward to many more years at Lake Pointe.
Pastor Steve graduated from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, with a B.A. in Psychology and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hardin Simmons. Additionally, he received the Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife Marsha have two grown daughters, three grandsons and two granddaughters.