About Us


Stephen grew up in a family of business owners and entrepreneurs, and caught that spirit as a young man. In each season of his journey he has been a coach, mentor, and developer of leaders. He brings passion, encouragement, insight, and experience into developing leaders, and leadership teams.

Along with his business and broad ministry experience, Stephen's musical and artistic background enable him to connect with entrepreneurs, authors, and artists for whom he has one passion — to see them coming alive, giving their unique talents, gifts, and artistry for the good of the world. Stephen has learned that when someone is fully alive in their life and work, the outcomes are powerful and their life is full of joy.

Karen's earliest memories include her father going to the farmer's market, picking out the freshest vegetables and bringing them home to cook for his family. Her love of food was sharpened in Young Life's Windy Gap kitchen, a learn-and-work community in Bozeman, and years of reading and practice for her always hungry family and their friends. Karen received her culinary certification at Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland, and has been a chef, caterer, and cooking instructor. What she most loves is to give her gift of food to intimate groups that she and Stephen facilitate together. Though not a conference speaker per se, she has been an alternative voice for women's retreats and is appreciated as a wise teacher and friend.

Stephen's journey has included singing in a rock band, touring in Italy and Spain on bicycle, and participating in collaborative learning communities in both Switzerland and Montana.

Stephen has led and coached cross-disciplinary leadership teams made up of leaders in government, medicine, law, finance, education, media, ministry and business.


Above  the Cinque Terre on the road to Genoa, Italy

Stephen and Karen have been mentors for Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission), and were participants in, and subsequently researcher-facilitators of, the Pastors Summit, part of the Lilly Endowment's Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative. Stephen continues to explore the high correspondence of leadership challenges in ministry, non-profit, and business leadership.

Drawing on research in leadership literature, research participants, and focus group interviews, Stephen's doctoral research explored spiritual formation, mentoring, and peer learning among emerging pastoral leaders.

Karen and Stephen have been married for forty-two years and are immensely proud of their three adult children, their spouses, and their nine grandchildren.

Serving up goodness for the Table Gathering

The most effective learning of all, more than all other forms combined, is going through hardship with support, and evaluation.
— Center for Creative Leadership

Starting Out

PBB, Inc. General Contractors

Baldwin Pools, Inc.

  • Young Life Leaders
  • Co-Founder of a Campus Coffee House and Acoustic Band
  • Youth With A Mission in Quebec, Ontario, Montana, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe


Swiss L'Abri, Farel House Student 1973



  • Executive Board Member 1985-1991
  • Sonship Mentors


Serge (Formerly World Harvest Mission)

  • Board Member
  • Cross-cultural Church Planters, Dublin Ireland 1991-1994
  • Pastor, Coach, Trainer, Missionaries
  • Ballymaloe Cookery School

Mission to North America

  • Church Planters / New Church Development in Colorado and North Carolina

The Genesis Project, Inc. - Board Member, Spiritual Director 2004-2015

Pastors Summit

  • Participants 2005-2008
  • Facilitators and Researcher 2010-2013

Get the book :

Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving
By Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, Donald C. Guthrie

Stephen & Karen


Needed: Pastor-Mentors for Emerging Ministers

More on faith and food in Ransom Fellowship's archives.

Watch this space for the return of Bread Blog - our vintage blog of reflections on faith, food, and life under God.


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