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About Steve Mickel

Lead Pastor Steve Mickel

Steve Mickel grew up in the home of a pastor, faithfully attending church every week. He graduated from LIFE Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a masters in strategic leadership.

With his wife of over 26 years, Suzanne, their three sons and daughter-in-law, along with an amazing host of friends and family, they navigated the valley of the shadow of death after his 21-year-old son was killed in a car accident. Together, they discovered a deeper and more sustaining trust in Jesus.

Presently, Steve serves as the Lead Pastor at Westside Church in Bend, Oregon and loves spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and enjoying the outdoors. Even through life’s hardships, Steve continues to encourage people to connect with Jesus in meaningful and purpose-filled ways. Steve writes frequently at his blog, stevemickel.com and recently released his new book, Walking in the Dark: Trusting God when Life Happens.

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