Steven Paul Weber
|Steven Paul Weber|
|Education||University of Washington|
|Born||April 2, 1958|
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
|Profession||president of the International Charity Association "Emmanuil"|
Steven Paul Weber (born April 2, 1958 in Spokane, Washington) is a president of the International Charity Association "Emmanuil", a chairman of the board of the Alliance "Ukraine without Orphans" and a public figure. Today Steve Weber is heading the organizing committee of the Global Leadership Summit in Ukraine and is the regional director of the Christian Broadcasting Network in the CIS and Eastern Europe.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early years[edit | edit source]
Steve Weber was born in Spokane, Washington. He, the second out of six children, was brought up by Christian parents. When Steve was in his teens, the family moved to the more populous area of Seattle. Since high school, Steve loved mathematics and physics, so he decided to become an engineer. As the family was not rich, the school had to pay for it. After two years of college, he entered the University of Washington, where he obtained an education of a structural engineer. After graduation in 1980, he was hired as an engineer to Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defense corporations in the world. He serviced Boeing 757.
First trips to the Soviet Union[edit | edit source]
As a student, Steve and his friend created a Christian program, asking students what they thought about faith, about God, whether they believed in Jesus Christ. At that moment, he could not think that in the future his life would be very closely connected with the sphere of television. In 1978, when studying at a mission school, Steve promised to preach in the countries of the Soviet Union. During 30 days students of the missionary school got acquainted with different ministers who came as guests. One evening, a preacher spoke, challenging young people: “Is there even one among you who is ready to make a decision to go and serve in the Soviet Union?” Steve Weber was the one who responded to this challenge. In 1980, with four of his friends Steve took a plane and went on his first trip. The first city on their way was Helsinki. In 1983, he moved to the Global Frontier missions to fully devote himself to serving in the countries of the Soviet Union. From 1983 to 1987 Steve constantly traveled to various cities of the USSR, living in Pyatigorsk, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Kharkov, Moscow and Kiev, studying Russian language and culture.
A family[edit | edit source]
In 1986, one of his colleagues on the Mission invited him on a dinner, wherein also Kristi, Steve’s wife-to-be, came. Learning that she is a hairdresser, Steve offered a profitable barter: because he is an engineer and understands technology and engines, he offered to repair her car in exchange for haircuts. And the fellowship began. Then Steve left for another trip for 6 months, and when he returned, he immediately went to his hairdresser, with whom friendship began to emerge. Since Kristi herself was from a Christian family, and her grandfathers on both lines were ministers in the church, she was able to share the values that Steve had lived for a long time. The only thing - she hoped was that they would go on missionary work to China. In 1988 the couple got married. In 1990, they had their first child, the daughter Hannah. Now they raise six children, three of whom are adopted from Russia and Ukraine.
Collaboration with CBN[edit | edit source]
In 1987, Steve became a participant in one of the trainings, which revealed a completely new principle of preaching - through the media. That was the time of VHR cassettes. In 1989, the Mission where Steve worked, signed a contract with the Christian Broadcasting Network - CBN, after which Steve's life and his ministry became inextricably linked with the media. In the same year in Manila they held a general congress of ministers from all over the world, for the first time in a long time the leaders of the churches from the countries of the Soviet Union were present. This was a breakthrough and after the congress permanent visits and cooperation with the churches began. In 1990, the Webers family first went to Moscow together, where Steve was in charge of the Congress of Evangelical Churches, which was to take place in October of the same year and unite all confessions. One of the biggest changes that was the result of the congress and occurred in society is an open dialogue with the leaders of the Orthodox Church. Meetings with Patriarch Kirill, an interview with Metropolitan Sabodan - all this laid the foundation for further rapprochement between the Protestant and Orthodox directions. In 1991, Steve and his wife and an 8-month-old child moved to live in Kiev, where during the first 5 months they could not find a place to live and therefore rented rooms in hotels. Planning his ministry after the collapse of the USSR, the family of Steve and Kristi Weber decided to stay in Kiev, where they live until now. In 1992, CBN was registered in Ukraine under the name of the International Public Organization “Association of Mercy "Emmanuil", and Steve Weber became its president. In 2001, the "Emmanuil" launched additional projects that include educational assistance programs for Roma communities in Western Ukraine, as well as the project "School of Life", reaching orphans and disadvantaged children across Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, a medical clinic in Kiev, aid to the east of Ukraine, the world-famous Christian animated series "Superbook" and many others.
Positions in office[edit | edit source]
Regional Director of the CBN Office in CIS countries. President of the International NGO “Association of Mercy "Emmanuil" Chairman of the Alliance "Ukraine without orphans" Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Global Leadership Summit Initiator of the movement "The Territory of responsibility" and the Alliance "Ukraine for the family".
See also[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Facebook page of Steve Weber
- GNA reporter Peter Wooding live from Kiev with CBN’s regional director for Eastern Europe Steve Weber.
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