Steve was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska. He is a sixth generation Nebraskan with a great-great-great- grandfather homesteading in Nebraska in 1867 after the Civil War. Steve graduated from Kearney High School, attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln, St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
He served in the US Army/Nebraska Army National Guard for 20 years as an enlisted Soldier achieving the rank of Master Sergeant (E8) and 10 years as a Chaplain achieving the rank of Captain (O3E). Steve was trained for security missions and ultimately served as a US Army Chaplain. His dates of service covered over 30 years from 1987 to 2018. Steve’s extensive service included Honduras, Germany, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia with Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
Steve also served as the senior command Chaplain with the Nebraska State Patrol and was trained at Quantico, VA to serve as the senior FBI Chaplain for Iowa and Nebraska.
Steve’s many interests include reading, shooting, chess, movies and playing cards. Steve is currently a Catholic priest, retired from the US military, with the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln, NE. He was given his new battle buddy DJ by Puppy Jake Foundation in July 2020. Steve lives in Lincoln, NE.