Grace and Steve Schaper 2009
Grace and Steve 2013

Our Story

Grace and Steve crossed paths throughout their childhood, but became great friends as freshman in high school. Their friendship eventually developed into a relationship, striving to be rooted in Christ and committed to walk through everything together as best friends. Steve knew he wanted to marry Grace early on, but had to be patient - making room for growth and spiritual maturity. They both attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and were married after graduating. Today, Grace is an assistant branch manager with Enterprise Bank. She enjoys hot summers, evening walks, a good book, and pouring out her heart in worship.  

Steve Schaper DJ Shape 11
Steve Schaper DJ Shape 12

family

In high school everyone asks what you want to be when you grow up. Steve never knew how to answer but began to give the unconventional response, "a great father." Steve viewed himself as a steward of the young people that God put in his life and considered every student part of his extended family. In 2016, Grace and Steve began a journey of foster parenthood, creating incredible bonds with children and families. In the spring of 2018 they adopted Victoria and can't wait to see how God will continue to bless them with the gift of life with young people!