Steve and Monica met in Owasso, Oklahoma shortly after high school  They married in 1979 and soon after Steve came to faith in Christ and experienced a call to ministry.  He began pursuing a biblical education and attended Criswell College in Dallas eventually receiving degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University and Luther Rice Seminary.

God blessed Steve and Monica with four sons – Joshua, Daniel, Jacob and David – who are all now happily married and have given Steve and Monica seven grandchildren (with more on the way)!

Steve served as a local church pastor for 25 years.  From the beginning he had opportunities to be involved in numerous mission trips.  Having ministered in Jamaica, Mexico, Italy, Indonesia, China and India, Steve’s passion for ministering overseas continued to grow.

After working among an unreached people group in India for six years, Steve clearly saw the desperate need of biblical training for church leadership.

These experiences led to God drawing Steve into a ministry with EPI.