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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.

The sudden death of his 21-year-old son plunged him into deep despair, and caused him to question whether or not God is trustworthy. All the years of pastoring, church planting, and mission work in Croatia had not prepared him to face the sudden tragedy of his son’s death.

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 and 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. In 2019, Steve released a new book, Walking in the Dark: Trusting God when Life Happens.