As the Senior Pastor for New Hope Family Church, Rev. Steven has been involved with the Christian Outreach to the Handicapped since our early days. With that history, our organisation now finds itself led by a strong steward and advocate, even as we hold firm to our Values and Mission for the handicapped.
What follows is Pastor Steven’s story and his thoughts about being appointed President to our Outreach.
Married to Susy Mathews, they have three children, Joshua Steven (now in a Polytechnic), Gloria Steven (15), and Caleb Steven (14). Pastor Steven’s New Hope Family Church conducts English & Tamil Services, as well as migrant worker outreach. The church branches are in Campus Crusade Building (Little India) and Big Box shopping mall (Jurong).
He has served as a full time pastor for 26 years, and for the past 2 years has led his current church, and apart from offering regular services, conducts outreach to Indian migrant workers in Singapore, with services held on Sunday evenings just for them.
Rev. Steven is also President of New Hope Community Service (NHCS) a VWO that reaches out to assist homeless Singaporeans. He is also the President for Soul Winning Theological Seminary in Kerala, India. (a bible college that trains workers for the ministry).
His Journey with COH
In the early days, Pastor Steven ministered at drug centres and prison ministries. He served in the Christian Counselling Services, and through his work with drug offenders, he became good friends with (the late) Rev Alfred Yeo, past President of COH.
Rev. Yeo invited him to contribute to COH and thus he was taken on board as a Board Member. Pastor Steven subsequently became our Chaplain for a number of years while the Outreach was based at Owen Road, and he continued his Chaplaincy at our former location at Jalan Tembusu.
The President’s Vision
Looking ahead, Rev. Steven is looking specifically to strengthen the areas of corporate governance, and staff professionalism.
“I want to look at what the organisation has been doing and how we can progress, at what can be done to get COH to the next level. I don’t think it can be done individually, but it has to be collectively, together with the EXCO members. We will connect with agencies that equip board members, and also in helping with governance.”
As the next centre takes shape in Toa Payoh (bringing the total number of care centres to three), the expansion is an opportunity to review how best COH can cater for special needs clients and to identify ways we can be of more help to their families. Meeting up with clients’ parents and caregivers will be done as part of that effort.
“COH has done well over the years, by God’s grace, and help from so many individuals, private and government agencies, I think we can still do more, in terms of reaching more special needs people. We want to find ways to work closer with the clients and their parents and caregivers, and to reach more people with special needs who are not being served and who need our help.”
On the dedicated individuals who work in COH, Pastor Steven says, “We believe that the staff, especially those working with the special needs clients at the Centres, treat their work not just as a job, but as a calling. You must have a heart for the clients, to pull you through the challenges and issues. It is the calling that gives the grace to get through the difficulties.”
“There is no limit to human potential, and we want to add to our capabilities and professionalism in order to work with our clients to reach their fullest potential. That is how we want to expand and deepen our ministry with our clients and their families.”
As President, Rev. Steven especially looks forward to connecting with the passionate staff, volunteers, and supporters of the Outreach, as well as to taking the journey towards the next level, alongside all those who give their heartfelt efforts to minister to the precious lives of those with special needs.
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