Custodian Turned Seminarian Now Leads Nebraska Congregation

Steve Hoden S’2003

CHICAGO, IL (January 29, 2007) – According to an article in The Fremont Tribune, Steve Hoden S’2003 is a North Park Theological Seminary graduate living in a small Nebraska town and leading, as the Seminary’s motto extols, with “head, heart, and hands.”

As pastor of the Salem Covenant Church, Hoden was featured in the Tribune’s January 27, 2007 edition with a story tracing his transition from custodian in a Duluth, Minn. school to head minister of a rural church southwest of Oakland, Neb. To read the full text of the article, click here.

Written by Beverly J. Lydick, the article talks about Hoden’s call to ministry and the sacrifices he, his wife Kitty, and their five children made throughout his five and half years of study at the Seminary, begun when he was 43 years old.

According to Jay Phelan, president and dean of the Seminary, "No one came to Seminary with more passion, enthusiasm, and joy than Steve. Few people have worked as hard as Steve did during Seminary. His commitment to Christ, to the ministry, and to his family was infectious. It’s hard to think about Steve without a smile and a prayer of thanksgiving."

Phelan goes on to reference his excitement about the next chapter in the Hoden family’s relationship with North Park, noting that another Steve Hoden—Steve’s son—is currently enrolled at the Seminary. "He’s certainly gotten an earlier start than his dad!"