Reverend Steven Armfield, is our guest pastor for Advent... Steve grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to southern California to attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. For 46 years he has served in the Evangelical Covenant Church, pastoring in Santa Barbara, California (1971-1974); Red Wing, Minnesota (1974-1979); and Grand Rapids, Michigan (1979-2009). Steve and his wife, Janet, planted the Thornapple congregation in SE Grand Rapids in 1979 and Steve retired from the church 30 years later in 2009. From 2009 to 2015 Steve served as Associate Superintendent and Director of Congregational Vitality of the Great Lakes Conference, working with 70 + congregations in the 5-state area of the Mid-West. For 18 months in 2015-2016 Steve served as Interim Pastor of Immanuel International Congregation of Stockholm, Sweden. In 2016 and 2017 he continued to work in special assignments for the Great Lakes conference and returned to Sweden in the summer of 2017 for a short-term ministry at Immanuel International.