Steve was raised in southern Illinois, near St. Louis. In 1977 he was baptized into Christ through the dynamic campus ministry at Eastern Illinois University and soon became a student leader. In 1979 he attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia where he continued to lead, eventually becoming the campus minister in 1981. He met his beautiful, dynamic and spiritual wife, Teryl, in 1982. They were married in 1984 and went on to plant the church in St. Louis in 1986, then moved to Boston in 1987. They served in the campus ministry at Boston University and Boston College and then moved into leading a house church until 1989 when they left the full-time ministry.
From 1991 through 1994, Steve attended a dual degree program at Boston University where he graduated with two Master’s degrees, MPH/MSW. After some time in the trenches and foxholes of local psychiatric hospitals and emergency rooms, Steve began his private practice in Cambridge, MA, in 1996.