Stephen C Lien

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Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry

Pastor Steve Lien, our Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, works with seminarians and pastors navigating our certification process and works alongside office staff in maintaining our lists of active, available for call, emeritus and inactive pastors.  He joins others from the Ministry Board in assisting congregations in the call process, those dealing with other transitions or conflict, and helps equip, encourage and train our pastors.  

Pastor Lien grew up in New York City, graduated from High School in Minnesota, and went to Bible School, college and seminary in Seattle and Minneapolis/St. Paul.  He has served as Associate and Senior Pastor in large and small congregations in South Dakota, Texas, Iowa and California.  His background includes a Doctor of Ministry degree focused on organizing and leading congregations for ministry in the 21st Century.  He has also received consultant training and is certified in Myers-Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Pastor Lien and his wife, Joanne, have three grown children and nine small grandchildren.  He enjoys laughing, running, biking, reading and pontooning with the grandkids at their lake home.