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Pastor Steve’s Bio

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My name is Steve Sanchez and I was an associate pastor at Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach, California for over fifteen years where I served as Pastor of Evangelism, Singles, Pro-Life Ministry and Baptisms. I also oversaw half of our church’s 100+ small groups, raising up leaders, and instructing them on how to best care for our congregation.

After living a drug addict’s life and nearly losing everyone I loved and everything I owned, I  found Christ at Hope Chapel in December 1990. Or, more accurately, he found me, and saved me. (Read my story here.)

I met my wife Karen at a Singles’ Ministry in the mid-’90s, got married in July of 1996, and we had our first daughter Danielle (D.D.) in 1999, and Laurel in 2001. Karen gave up her nursing career to home-school the girls until our move to Texas in August 2013. (Read why we moved to Texas here.)

Clockwise from Pastor Steve: Karen, Laurel, D.D.

Clockwise from Pastor Steve: Karen, Laurel, D.D.

I have studied with Pacific International University, Hope Chapel Ministries Institute and am currently enrolled in The School of Biblical Evangelism. I served as a team leader for the Way of the Master’s Ambassadors’ Academy between 2008-2011, training students from around the world on how to share their faith on the streets. (I wrote a blog focused entirely on Biblical evangelism called Stone the Preacher, but now have expanded to culture and commentary. (Please go to www.StoneThePreacher.com )

On June 14, 2013 I got the call to move from Southern California (where I have lived for over 50 years) with my wife Karen and two girls, D.D. and Laurel, to Dripping Springs, Texas to plant a church. (Read that story here.)

After a year and a half, the church didn’t pan out and I thought God was calling me out of vocational ministry. But no. He opened up a door of opportunity right here in Johnson City at Community Church of the Hills through an amazing coincidence. (Read about that here.)

My heart is to see people turn to God by faith and repentance by understanding the good news of Jesus Christ, to grow up in Him and learn to share about Him with others. (I made a commitment to share the gospel daily on January 1, 2004. Read about it here.)

Community Church of the Hills is a fellowship committed to teaching biblical truth through expository preaching in a way that is practical and understandable to today’s culture.

Our church services are on Sunday, 10:30AM in Johnson City at 212 Klett Ranch Rd.

If you’d like to know what version of the Bible we use and why, click here.

Please listen to our radio show archives from when I taught on our local station KDRP (now SUN Radio) during my stint as the pastor of our church plant. Each show is a half hour and is half teaching and 1/2 music is half teaching and music. You can listen to these  programs by going to www.ShineYourLightRadio.com

WORLD Magazine interviewed me about my philosophy of evangelism and published the article in the November 30, 2013 edition. You can read the article online.

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