Pastor Stephen Wilson grew up in the Philadelphia area, the 2nd of 7 children. He was brought up in the Methodist Church, but came to know Christ personally through an organization called Young Life which reaches out to high school students. While completing a B.S. in Health and Physical Education at West Chester State College, Steve spent his summers serving as the Director of Counselors in Training at a Christian boy’s camp in Maryland. After graduating he was invited to pursue youth ministry in a Presbyterian Church in Delaware. After a couple of years in full time youth ministry he resigned to attend Westminster Theological Seminary in the Philadelphia area where he completed a M.A. in Religion and a Master of Divinity. During this time he served for a few years as a part time youth pastor and then joined the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Over the ten years that he served with InterVarsity he served at Ursinus College, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College and West Chester University. He left InterVarsity to take a pastoral position in Lancaster, PA in 1992, where he became ordained as a minister of the gospel with the Presbyterian Church in America. He left Lancaster in 2000 to become the pastor of Hope Church. Pastor Steve has a lovely wife, three grown children who are all married, and four grandchildren.