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About Pastor Steve





Random Information...
Favorite Foods:  Kebab (lamb); Lamb Shanks; Creme Broulee, Escargot, Yalanchi, Dolma; & anything else Karen cooks
Favorite Movies:  The Sound of Music; Star Wars (episodes 4-7); The Longest Day; The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Ben Hur...
Favorite Verse:  Proverbs 3:5,6
Favorite Bible Book:  Romans
Favorite Book (other than the Bible):  Mostly anything to do with history, a biography, or a good Science Fiction novel
Favorite Out of the US Location:  Armenia

Pastor Steve & Karen have been married for 27 plus years and have 4 children.


Following Jesus...
By God's grace I was born into a home with parents who were seeking to follow Jesus.  When I was four years old my parents took me to a "Five Day Club."  Through the ministry of this "club" I became impressed with the need to accept Jesus as my Savior.  One night I knelt by my bed and invited Jesus into my heart as my personal Savior. 

During my Junior High and Senior High School years I began to understand that obedience was an expectation of those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior.  During my High School years I began to sense the call of God to full time Christian ministry.  Through the encouragement of some friends God led me to Biola University and later, with God's guidance, to Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.  Looking back, it is amazing to see how God led me through these years and provided for my needs.  God has led me, through the leadership of some dynamic pastors and Christian lay people, through many circumstances, to develop and use the gifts which He has given to me.  I have watched God work through me and sustain me in ways I could never have anticipated.  Somehow, despite myself, God uses me in the capacity of pastor to accomplish His ministry. 

I share all of this with you for two reasons.  First, if you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, let me encourage you to open your life to Him and accept Him as your Savior.  He loves you so much that He came and died to free you from the guilt and penalty for your sins (John 3:16).  He lives to offer you life which goes beyond anything you can imagine (John 10:10).  By His grace, I'm learning to live that life and it is incredible.  And, this life goes on for eternity (John 5:24). 

The second reason I'm sharing all this is to encourage my brothers and sisters in Jesus to take what He has given you and use it in service for Him (Ephesians 2:10).  Allow Him to guide you in His ministry (Romans 12:1).  Every believer is in full time Christian ministry (1 Peter 2:9).  Some ministries are more noticeable than others.  But, all are important (1 Corinthians 12:20-25). Do not neglect His calling on your life.  Let's follow Jesus together!


Some Background & Ministery Experience...
Pastor Steve earned his Master of Divinity (Pastoral Emphasis) from Western
Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon and his Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies) from Biola University, La Mirada, California.   He was ordained in 1988 by the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA).  On December 15, 2011 the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), while continuing to recognize Pastor Steve's ordination and standing with the AEUNA as ongoing, transferred his ordination to the EFCA..

2003-         Pastor, Creekside Evangelical Free Church, Merced, CA
1994-2002  Pastor, Calvary Armenian Congregational Church, San Francisco, CA
1992-1994  Executive Director, Camp AREV, EJM Armenian Evangelical Conference Center, Frazier Park, CA
1986-1991  Assistant Pastor, United Armenian Congregational Church, Hollywood, CA

Pastor Steve has served on the boards of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America and the Armenian Missionary Association of America.