A direct descendant of famous 17th century Boston Puritan ministers, Increase and Cotton Mather, Pastor Steve graduated from Coronado High School in 1967. While an undergraduate at Whittier College, he spent a year studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East. Steve attended the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, earning two graduate degrees, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. In September, 1974 he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister by the Presbytery of San Diego.
Steve began his ministry with a call to become Assistant Pastor, from 1974-1976, at his home church, Graham Memorial Church in Coronado, CA, where he served under the Rev. Kenneth Carson, an experienced minister nearing the end of his 42-year pastorate. Steve’s other ministries were in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, Philadelphia, PA, and Anaheim, CA. In addition, Steve also taught at the Los Angeles campus of the Massachusetts based Springfield College.
From 1998 to 2005, Steve served on the national board of directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its Clergy Advisory Board. He has been active in the religious community as a voice for reproductive rights. In July 2005, Steve returned to a full-time preaching ministry as Pastor of the Coronado Community Church, Coronado, California and retired June 2021. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for Pastoral Theology.