Steve Gladen attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he earned a
B.A. in Biblical Studies with minors in Greek and Philosophy in 1982.
From there he moved to Pasadena, California and received a Masters of
Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in
Pastoral Counseling in 1985.
Steve worked on 4 church staffs prior to
joining the staff at Saddleback Church in February of 1998 as the Pastor
of Small Groups. He now oversees over 3,500 adult small groups at
Saddleback. He co-wrote several books and small group materials
including: 250 Big Ideas for Small Groups, Building Healthy Small Groups
in Your Church, and Don’t Lead Alone. With over 20 years in leading
small group ministries, Steve loves seeing a big church become small through
true community developed in group life. He has been
married to his wife Lisa since 1989 and resides in Southern California with his two
children, Erika and Ethan.