Rev. Steve Abraham was the recipient of this year’s Kingdom Leadership Alumnus of the Year Award. Steve graduated from LIFE Bible College in 1990 with a Theology degree, and today he serves as lead pastor of Oxnard Northeast Foursquare Church, also known as New Life Community Church, in Oxnard, CA.
When asked about a professor, Chapel speaker, or experience that changed his life while he studied at LIFE, Steve said,
“I had a few incredible professors at LIFE, but my favorite and most impactful was the late Dr. Hammond. He was a man of the Word and had an impeccable reputation.” His favorite memory of his time as a student was “winning the National Championship and meeting my wife. Not in that order!” In 2018, Steve was inducted into the Warrior Athletics Hall of Fame at LPU as a member of the 1988 Men’s Basketball Championship Team. That team became the first National Champions from LIFE and Steve was named All-American.
Over the last 30 years, Steve kept what he learned as a student and has used the strong biblical foundation he received at LIFE every week in his preaching and leadership.
After graduating, Steve and Tami ’89 began their ministry as youth pastors before planting New Life Community Church in 1997 with a group of 40 people. They’ve seen it grow to over 2,500 people. However, the most meaningful thing beyond all the growth and life change, is that all three of his kids are on his church staff and love Jesus deeply.
Steve and Tami ’89 have three children Riley, Brenna ‘19, and Ryan (wife Ashton)
Andy Lovelace ’92 says this about Steve,
“Steve began in ministry right out of LIFE as a youth pastor and then planted New Life Oxnard in 1997. Together with his wife, Tami, they have led the church through many seasons and have experienced significant growth. Steve’s focus on seeing people come to experience salvation in Jesus has been a core part of his story and ministry. In 2022 Steve was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and has continued to serve while facing incredible physical obstacles. I believe Steve models the creativity, perseverance, and resilience of a passionate Christian leader.”
Rev. Steve’s heart for God, His people, and the Church have been evident since his time at Life Pacific and into his flourishing pastoral ministry. Congratulations to Rev. Steve Abraham for receiving this well-deserved award.