The son of missionary parents, Steve was raised in South America. "My initial recognition of need for Christ was at age 8 while attending a boarding school in Argentina. On a Sunday afternoon, I knelt by my bed and prayed, trusting Jesus as my Savior. However, that was just the beginning of a grace-filled journey. Today the gospel is more precious to me than ever. I realize that God has held on to me much more tenaciously than I have held on to Him."
As Steve celebrates 25 years in the Christian music industry, he fondly remembers his fledgling beginning in 1984 when he established Steve Green Ministries.
After two years in college, two years with the group TRUTH, and four years with the Gaithers, the door opened for Steve to make his first recording with Sparrow Records. Following a significant spiritual awakening, Steve and Marijean began responding to invitations from churches all over America. "Looking back on it," Steve recalls, "I’m amazed at God’s patience and condescending love. In my case it is certainly true that He can use a crooked stick to draw a straight line. While I was full of zeal and determined to get it all right, I see now how my self-righteousness and pharisaical pride made me harsh and judgmental. Thank God for His mercy!"
Steve is careful to describe his spiritual progress as one who is growing more aware of his sin and frailty and more confident of the hope found in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
Throughout his years of ministry, Steve’s music has been honored with four Grammy nominations, 13 No. 1 songs, and seven Dove Awards, Christian music’s highest honor. With 29 recordings to his credit, including children’s projects and Spanish-language albums, Green has sold over three million albums worldwide.
Steve and Marijean celebrate 30 years of marriage. They have a married daughter, Summer, and a fabulous son-in-law, Mark Schulz, and are looking forward to the birth of their first granddaughter this Spring. Their son, Josiah serves at a church in the Philadelphia area.
"Twenty-five years is a significant marker", Steve muses. "I’ve been able to communicate the gospel in almost 50 countries around the world, and as God gives grace and strength, I look forward to many years to come. There are more songs to record, more people who need to hear God’s truth and more segments of our culture to be redeemed for God’s glory."
Steve knows that God’s grace is most clearly seen against the backdrop of his own foolishness, sin and shame. While he labored most his life to have an impressive record, he now confesses his need for the perfect record of another. "That’s why I desperately need Jesus", Steve says. "In end it will be clear that He alone is the hero in my story."