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Dr. Steve Wexler
Pastor Steve was born and raised in Los Angeles into a middle-class, conservative Jewish home. While attending a youth rally at Church on the Way (Van Nuys, CA), he heard the provocative statement that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. Through his study of the Bible and the testimony of Christian friends, God drew him to a place of decision. In December of 1973, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Pastor Steve became a licensed Foursquare Pastor in 1982 and was ordained in 1987. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Foursquare Church, Bremerton WA since 1989. In addition, he is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and operates NW Family Counseling Services with offices in Bremerton and Tacoma.
Pastor Steve retired in 2010 from 28 years in the United States Air Force Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and continues to counsel military couples and individuals and provide marriage workshops on U.S. military bases worldwide on couple communication and conflict resolution.
Pastor Steve enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Lois, his three sons and their families–especially the grandchildren!. Pastor Steve is also a certified rescue diver and dive instructor. He has several hobbies, including reading, weight lifting, and scuba diving.
Educational Background: Doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling from Denver Seminary; Masters of Divinity in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Western Evangelical Seminary; Bachelor’s of Arts in Literature and Psychology form Azusa Pacific University; Pastoral Ministries Diploma from Azusa Pacific University; Teacher credential from Lewis and Clark Graduate School; Life Bible College Courses.
Pastor Deanna is passionate about helping people connect with the Holy Spirit through worship. She is also dedicated to helping others pursue personal healing and spends many hours each week functioning as a pastoral counselor and certified life coach. She has been part of ALFC since 2002. Before her career in ministry, she was a professional listener–that is, a hair stylist. As a child and teen, she lived on the road as her family toured the US and Canada as traveling evangelists.
Since 2004, Phil has been helping keep ALFC current with cutting edge sound, media, and information technology, as well as other responsibilities around the building. He enjoys working on cars and operating his Ham Radio all around the world and even into space, contacting astronauts on the international space station.