Steve Ezra
Senior Pastor
Hometown:  North Judson, Indiana

Family Info:  I’ve been married to Karen since 1990. We met and married while students at Purdue University. (Boiler Up!) I have four children: My oldest, Miriam, graduated from the Honors College at University of South Florida (USF) with a degree in business management and entrepreneurship in May 2017. She is a piano teacher, choir director, and worship director. Miriam married David Cox in 2017. The wonder twins, Elisabeth and Alex, are seniors at USF. Elisabeth is studying health sciences and plans to graduate in December 2018, and Alex is studying finance, marketing, and financial planning, and will graduate in May 2019. Our youngest, Daniel, is a freshman in high school at “the Ezra Academy” (we’ve homeschooled all four of our children). All my children are active and serving in ministry at Aldersgate. We are in a sweet spot of family life right now!

When did you join the staff of Aldersgate?  July 1, 2016.

What did you do before joining Aldersgate?  I’ve served two other United Methodist churches in the Tampa Bay area and two in Northern Indiana over the past 22 years. I have degrees from Purdue University (B.A.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.).

What do you do for fun?  I’m an antique/classic car enthusiast, starting with my beloved 1929 Ford Model A Tudor. I read voraciously, and I love to travel. Oh—and I’m a die-hard Cubs fan, and I’ve also been known to participate in an adventure race or two. (Where have you gone, Muddy Buddy?)

Favorite books?  Too many to list. It would include The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni, The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, and A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. Win Bigly by Scott Adams was fascinating, too. Time will tell if it has staying power.

Who has influenced you the most in ministry/life?  My youth pastor (and chemistry teacher) in high school who demonstrated daily what a Christian husband and father looks like. My friend and fellow pastor Mark back in Indiana, who embodies faithfulness and encouragement in ministry. My friend Chris, who reminds me that Christians can have fun and should enjoy life. My colleagues around the table in my Tampa Palms C12 Group meeting, who teach me every month what effective organizational leadership from a Christian perspective looks like.