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Many of you have gotten to know Pastor Steve Henderson and his lovely wife Linda through the open-air prayer and praise events we sponsored Downtown on Sunday afternoons in August and October.

Steve and I first got to know each other working together for the Faith & Grace Recovery Summit in March and continued to meet together to pray and strategize on how to reduce the opioid crisis in Roanoke. 

The first time I heard Steve share his testimony, sing, and lead worship, I was blown away. Pastor Steve is a man who has God-given musical and singing gifts; earlier in life, Steve was on the fast track to fame at age 18. He also was more of a churchman than a Christian. He was doing drugs and on the slow slide into misery.

Right before he was to appear on the late 1970’s version of America’s Got Talent, the Lord called Steve to lay down his pursuit of fame and his drugs and to play and sing for Him.

Steve obeyed.

He hasn’t looked back.

Steve and Linda (who by the way is a phenomenal discipler and teacher) are a JOY to be around. They emanate the love of Christ.

A non-CHS member has given a generous gift so Steve can join our staff as Pastor for Recovery and Addiction Ministries. He will be using many of his gifts. He and Linda will help with Celebrate Recovery, he will preach occasionally, he will mentor, he will help Shannon lead our partnership with Lucy Addison Middle School, and help lead a cooperative outreach to the city with Straight Street, the Rescue Mission, Faith & Grace Recovery Ministries, and Gentle Shepherd Center for Development and Mission Advancement.

Aside from the love and joy that emanate from Steve and Linda, they both are committed to making disciples and teaching God’s Word. Every time I see Steve, he asks the same question, “How will we make disciples of them?”