Stephen is an Albuquerque native who grew up here in the fellowship of First West. In 2006 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Golden Gate Baptist Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity (MDiv), and more importantly, married his wife Nikkie in 2009. Shortly after Nikkie received her MDiv in 2010, Stephen and Nikkie moved to Hilo, Hawaii to minister to college students at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. In 2011, God moved Stephen and Nikkie back to the Bay Area where Stephen returned to Golden Gate Seminary to complete a Master of Theology (ThM) in Historical Theology with an emphasis on the ethical works of Jonathan Edwards.
Following the completion of his ThM, the Lord brought Stephen and Nikkie back to Albuquerque and not long after to the pastoral staff at First West, his home church. Stephen’s love for the local church has grown exponentially through his service with World Changers, teaching Old Testament at San Quentin State Prison, serving as Associate Pastor for Education and Discipleship and now as Senior Pastor. It is Stephen’s personal desire to assist the church in growing in their knowledge and love of God’s Word through corporate worship, systematic expository preaching, and personal, small group, and family Bible study. Together, Stephen and Nikkie aspire to lead and equip parents to be the primary disciplers of their children and to illustrate the Gospel in every facet of the home and family.
Stephen and Nikkie have three daughters and a son, who joyfully occupy much of his spare time. When he isn’t chasing or carting the children around, Stephen enjoys reading, playing ultimate Frisbee, golfing, attending Lobo sports games, and watching “The Office” with Nikkie.