Meet Steve and Terry
Steve and Terry grew up in Lee's Summit, Missouri, and together attended the University of Missouri at Columbia. Steve earned his B.S. in Recreation and Park Administration, and Terry holds a B.S. in Nursing. Steve went on to receive his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa. His doctoral project was, "Utilizing Astronomy to Teach Discipleship Principles to Junior and Senior High Youth in a Church Camp Setting". Steve and Terry have many years pastoral ministry experience serving local churches in Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri and North Kansas City areas. They have directed and counseled in summer youth camping ministries for over 34 years combined service including Astronomy Camp at Wilderness Conference and Retreat Center, Lawson, Missouri. Their current home is near Holden, Missouri, where the night skies are quite beautiful.
A "retired" ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Steve House currently pastors the Holden U. Methodist Church part-time. Under an "Extended Ministry Appointment", Steve previously served as the Director for the Center for Christian Ministry Studies at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. In addition to teaching and developing CMS courses, he gave support to students through advising, pastoral counseling and sponsorship of several general and campus Christian organizations.
Having special interests in the witness of creation to the character and purposes of God, Steve is passionate about exploring the complimentary roles of science and faith in understanding the universe and experiencing God. An additional special interest is celebrating Christian unity among all followers of Jesus Christ. His personal research pursuits and avocations include Celtic Christian spirituality, astronomy, telescope making, mineralogy, backpacking, nature photography, fly-fishing, canoeing, herpetoculture, beekeeping, model railroading and bonsai.
Terry's nursing career has included many years of pediatrics, newborn and newborn intensive care nursery, and school nursing. She recently worked in the St. Charles School District as a substitute school nurse, but now flourishes in her role as "pastor's wife". Her interests include helping children discover the wonder and awe of the night sky, and developing children's astronomy resources. Terry and Steve have two adult children, Jennifer and Christopher, and two grandchildren, Dylan and Audrey. Together they are committed and passionate about developing Starfield Ministries and sharing the exciting experience of listening to God through the virtues of the starlit heavens.