Drew Stever, Lead Pastor
Pastor Drew Stever was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He went to his family's Lutheran church every Sunday and Wednesday and his Catholic school's mass services every week. Despite the frequent church attendance, Drew hasn't always been a fan of church, or Christianity. But that started to change thanks to the mentorship of a community of women. It was during his internship with the chaplain at a state correctional facility that he heard the call to ministry.
In October 2016, two months into seminary and one month before the U.S. Presidential election, Drew came out as transgender. This transition propelled Drew into noticing and witnessing and experiencing God's presence in the in-between places of life. God did not just create sun and moon, but twilight and dawn as well.
God loves weirdos. This is a saying that Pastor Drew lives by. Know that if you feel like you don't fit in anywhere, you fit in here. You are already welcome at Hope.
Pastor Drew now lives in Thousand Oaks with his family and dog. You can usually find him lounging outside in the hut he built, or at Target.