An Encouraging Word
Chaplain Steve has lived the life
Queensgate Chaplain Steve Petersen
Steve Petersen, 55, can relate to many of the men who walk through the doors at the Queensgate Lord’s Gym.
Long before he was a part-time chaplain at the location, Steve struggled with drugs and alcohol.
“I grew up in a God-believing family,” he said. “After I was hurt by the church, I walked away. I got into a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have.”
In his 40s, while in Cleveland, Steve lived across the street from a church. Church goers would visit his porch often to speak with him and pray for him.
“They wore me down,” he laughed.
Their kindness and persistence changed his heart
“I was re-baptised,” he said. “As a child I was baptised because I was told to. At age 42, I did it to show my dedication to the Lord and I knew what it meant.”
From there things changed in Steve’s life. He eventually came to Cincinnati and got on to his road to recovery. He since married and owns a home. He began working at Lord’s Gym, after several years of working out and volunteering in 2016.
“I’m here because I can relate with a lot of the men because I know the paths their on,” Steve said. “I have empathy toward them. I have shared in their experience. Most importantly, I’m a living witness to the life-changing power of God.”