Stephen serves as the founding pastor of Beacon of Hope Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is also the founding director of LifeGate Worldwide, an organization dedicated to the advance of the Gospel by supporting and equipping national pastors to plant churches. Mary loves serving the women and children at Beacon and working around the edges of Stephen’s ministry. The Lonettis are blessed with two children, Joseph and Amanda Clare.
For the past 35 years, Stephen has committed his life to serve Christ by spreading the gospel and equipping His church. His ministry began with New Tribes Mission Indonesia in 1979 where he served as a pioneer church planter for 17 years. He and Mary moved to a remote Molucaan island to complete a 13-year evangelistic and teaching ministry among the Taliabo tribal people. The Taliabo work has been documented in two videos, The Taliabo Story and Delivered from the Power of Darkness (1995). Upon returning to the States, Stephen joined the pastoral team at Grace Community Church (1996-2001), where he eventually became the pastor for international ministries.
Stephen graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Organizational Leadership. He completed Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from The Master’s Seminary (2001, 2016).