Dear Friends in Christ,
I was born in southern Minnesota and was raised in Staten Island, New York. I finished high school, college and seminary in Minnesota.
Along the way I attended Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI) in Seattle, Washington; toured with a Youth For Christ International singing team in southeast Asia and the U.S.; and finally landed in Watertown, South Dakota, for my first call as a pastor. Since then, I’ve served congregations—large and small—in South Dakota, Texas, Iowa and California.
Joanne is a Registered Nurse who has served most of her career in long-term and hospice care. She recently resigned as Director of Patient Care Services at Hospice Partners of Southern California, based in Santa Monica.
Joanne and I have three grown and married children and are the proud grandparents of seven (soon to be eight!) grandchildren.
I’m told that I’m energetic, often comical, and certainly out-of-the-box! I love telling people about a God who relentlessly loves, forgives and embraces His children.
Some of the very best and most fulfilling years of my life have been spent in ordained ministry—and some of the most painful and challenging years as well. Through it all God has proved faithful, sustained me, taught and tempered me and continued to use me in others’ lives.
I’m absolutely thrilled and humbly grateful about the opportunity to share what I’ve learned and what I’m learning through serving God by serving congregations and pastors throughout LCMC. I look forward to meeting many of you in the years to come!
Yours in Christ,
Pr. Steve Lien will begin his new position as LCMC's Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry in January 2014.
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