Big Steve and Lil Jan met at the freshmen mixer on their first day at David Lipscomb University in 1984, were married 4 years later, and have been together ever since.
Janet was born in Spartanburg, SC, and spent her childhood as a “preacher’s kid” in South Carolina and Tennessee, eventually graduating from Franklin County High School. She loves horseback riding, traveling and reading Christian fiction. She has worked in a variety of administrative positions, most recently as the Admissions Director at Foundation Christian Academy.
Steve was born at Dover AFB, DE, and spent his childhood traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. He spent 23 years in the Air Force himself, retiring as a colonel in 2011. After working with church youth groups with Janet for more than 2 decades, he became a part-time Youth Minister at Bell Shoals Church of Christ and also taught Bible, Leadership, and a variety of other subjects at Foundation Christian Academy. He enjoys hiking, writing, and traveling. In September 2016, he completed a thru-hike of the 2189.1 mile Appalachian Trail.
Steve and Janet’s Air Force adventure took them to 40 states and 26 countries. They’ve been stationed in Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Alabama, Germany, Virginia, and Florida. During that time, they raised two sons, Jason and Kyle. Jason is married to Rachel and is in his first year of Prosthetics and Orthotics residency in Hartford, Connecticut. Kyle is married to Laci and is the Outreach Minister for the Lafayette Church of Christ in Missouri.
In 2015 Steve and Janet decided to sell their home, unload most of their possessions, buy an RV, and set out on a cross-country journey. Their goal is to try to share God’s love and make a small difference in the lives of people they meet along the way.
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