CYPRESS CHAPEL is one of 350+ ministries in the state of Texas associated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. In addition to traditional congregations (with church 'buildings'), we are seeing more that are non-conventional in structure and location, from hosting sporting events/leagues to gathering in movie theaters or restaurants, like The Shack in Cypress.
A native of the Washington DC area, Stephen met his wife Natalie while studying at Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana. After finishing up studies at Concordia Seminary in St Louis, he was called to serve at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Covington, Louisiana. In August 2009, Stephen was installed as the Associate Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, and in 2016, helped to develop and launch CYPRESS CHAPEL, a satellite ministry of St. John. He is inspired by his wife Natalie and four children, Benjamin, Phoebe, Zoe, and Joseph. Stephen enjoys developing mission/service opportunities, while helping to empower and encourage others in their ability to walk in and share their faith.
In October 2017, Stephen was commissioned as a Chaplain (LT) in the US Navy. He looks forward to serving sailors and their families in the years ahead, while also building relationships through Cypress Chapel.
In his free time he can be found with his family, running, exercising on a basketball court/softball field, or waiting patiently in a deer stand. His favorite Bible passage is Romans 8:38-39.
JORDAN studied music at Valparaiso University where he met his wife, Stephanie. He subsequently completed graduate work as a graduate assistant at Western Michigan University. Jordan loves learning new instruments, teaching lessons and reading, and is currently serving at Covenant Academy Director of Music and Grades 5 & 6 Bible Teacher. In his spare time, he enjoys working on projects around the house. Stephanie works from home and cares for their daughter, Alexandra.
It is their fervent hope and prayer that God uses CYPRESS CHAPEL to reach the lost in the local community.
While our first year was filled with developing our identity through worship, home gatherings, DNA groups and third place events, in 2017, the Community Directors (Jordan Even, Hernan Guevara, Zach Peterson, Susan Rowan, Kristi Schultz, Robyn Tarnowski) will be tasked with developing simple systems for Cypress Chapel. [i.e. What volunteers/tasks are needed each week for worship? The system would identify how to recruit volunteers, organize, schedule and lead/serve in regular rotation with other volunteers and Directors per the worship plan. What system is in place to move worship attendees to home gathering participants?]
The Community Directors will assist the pastor in the area of building systems for corporate needs, support the mission and ministry of the congregation by financial, business, and spiritual advancement, and give guidance and counsel in additional affairs. They will also offer encouragement and be an advocate in any other matters that may affect this community.