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Steve Lombardo

Steve Lombardo

Pastor of Discipleship and Community Life

I do not remember a time in my life that I did not believe in Jesus. I grew up in a Christian home with parents who told us the truth but also lived it out everyday, but it really wasn't until junior high that I began to understand what it meant to live as a follower of Christ. As I was growing and really making the faith my own, I was convicted by Galatians 6:7-9, which are now some of my favorite Scriptures.

There have been times in my life where God has worked on me through the pain and sorrow of sin in which He graciously led me to repentance. I am a sinner who is selfish and the Lord is constantly turning me back to His way and not mine.  

As far back as I can remember the Lord has been gently tugging me towards giving my life to him not only in salvation, but also for full time service.  God called me to shepherd His people in a dramatic way.  The Lord gave me a convicting picture of all the lost people going to hell, and the sad thing was I didn’t really care.  I was concerned about my salvation, and my family’s, and my friend’s salvation, but my heart did not beat with God’s, who desires all to be saved. (1 Tim. 2:4)  It was then and there that God solidified His call on my life to proclaim the gospel to a lost world, to shepherd, serve, equip, and protect His people.

God's way for me led me to Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to be trained as a pastor. While I am thankful for those years, I have learned so much more being a pastor for 10 years, one as a church planter and 9 as a solo pastor.

Thankfully, He has given me an incredible wife and three kids who I am accountable for. Additionally, it is a great honor and privilege to shepherd God's people at Village, but also a weighty responsibility because I am also accountable to God for them.

I am looking forward to watching God grow His people here at Village, and am excited to participate in His Kingdom advancing work through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a passion for small group ministry, and I am praying for God's to expand its' influence and scope across all four campuses. We believe that our small groups are the main vehicle for discipleship here at Village, so it is a big deal. Our small group leaders are vitally important to this ministry and I am passionate about shepherding them and helping them to lead well.