Steve's truest mission is Christian ministry. His sense of calling emerged in the mid 2000s with a passion for the Bible and spiritual transformation through Jesus Christ. The years following proved to confirm this call and have begun to set a trajectory of a lifetime of ministering the good news of Jesus.
Grace and Steve began dating in high school and were married after college, in 2009. They became foster parents in 2016 and adopted their sweet daughter in 2018. The Schapers are also proud dog owners since 2011, when a puppy named Sugar came into their lives.
Steve graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 with a degree in Media and Covenant Theological Seminary St. Louis in 2015 with an M.Div. He has been mentored by many pastors, especially Rev. Dr. Thurman Williams starting in 2014.
As a pastoral intern since 2014, Steve has had wonderful opportunities to apply gifts of teaching and shepherding. He has continuously worked with young people in both school and youth group settings.