Steve’s passion for ministry is rooted in the person and purpose of Jesus Christ and in bridging the gap between personal faith and social engagement. He brings the gift of leadership to his ministry settings. Steve currently serves as the Pastor/Head of Staff for Geneva Presbyterian Church of Laguna Woods, California. Steve’s life and ministry demonstrate a deep commitment to evangelism. His dedication to discipleship and his love of teaching the Bible are equally important priorities in his ministry.
Steve responded to God’s regenerative work in his life by saying “yes” to Jesus as Savior and Lord during seventh grade Communicants Class. His Pastor recognized potential for ministry and helped Steve discern God’s call to ordained ministry through a close discipleship. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from California State University, Fresno, Steve began his theological studies at Fuller Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. The final year of his Master of Divinity was completed at Princeton Theological Seminary. Steve’s quest for knowledge continued at San Francisco Theological Seminary, culminating in a Doctor of Ministry degree. Most recently he completed a Master of Philosophy degree at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Steve’s academic pursuits have focused on historical theology, Reformed theology and John Calvin’s theology of salvation with a particular emphasis on his view of conversion.
Steve has served as a member and chairperson of various Presbytery committees. He currently serves on Strategic Coordinating Team (SCT) in the Presbytery of Los Ranchos. Steve also served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Southern Kansas in 2010. In addition, he is an active member of the Rotary Club of Mission Viejo and Saddleback Valley Kiwanis in Laguna Woods.
Steve’s hobbies include golf, baseball card collecting, exercising and reading. He is joined by his wife, Janet, who has been a source of strength and blessing. They have journeyed together through 40 years of a married life full of joys and challenges. Janet has always found her own place in ministry, participating in church activities and classes, handbell choir and entertaining in their home. She enjoys golf, water aerobics, sewing and painting.
Steve and Janet have three children (six if you count spouses!) who have filled their lives with joy. Colin, 36, (married to Becca) lives in Wichita, Kansas and works as an engineer. Karis, 32, (married to Brian Gensch) lives in Wichita, KS and works as a graphic designer and owner of Genschies, a home bakery business. Rob, 28, (married to Rebecca) lives in Morristown, New Jersey and works as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Janet and Steve are blessed that all “six” love the Lord Jesus Christ. They are also the proud grandparents of Breckyn Marsh, Carson Marsh, Avery Marsh, Tevy Gensch, Emsley Gensch and Sadie Gensch.