Steve was personally devastated by a divorce and turned to his faith in Christ and his local church for help. As a result, he began leading divorce support groups in his church, learning methods that would help meet the unique needs and struggles of a person facing divorce or separation. Steve later remarried, and he and his new wife Cheryl, who had also been through divorce, soon felt the Lord leading them to devote full time to divorce ministry. In 1993, Steve and Cheryl designed and developed a biblically based support group recovery program called DivorceCare (www.divorcecare.org). Today DivorceCare is in more than 14,000 churches around the world.
From there, Steve realized the need for more resource programs to help churches minister to people in other life crises, such as grief due to a death. In 1994, Steve founded Church Initiative (www.churchinitiative.org), a ministry that develops and produces video- and workbook-based programs for churches to use to reach people at their point of pain.
Steve and Cheryl live in Wake Forest, North Carolina.