Steve Ripley is a native of Maine. He grew up in southern Maine but during his eight years in the Air Force, he travelled Europe and Israel. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University after the military and then attended Fuller Theological Seminary, CA where he completed his Masters of Divinity. Steve was then ordained in the American Baptist denomination where he became a senior pastor of a small church in NE Ohio. He has since left the pastoral ministry to become a full-time online instructor for several universities while working on his Masters of Theology with Western Seminary, OR. He hosts an online Bible study through Saddleback Community Church, CA. His wife, Dr. Sammi Ripley, is completing her Masters of Divinity with Andover Newton Theological Seminary, MA. Steve and Sammi have eight grown children, two great grandchildren, and three dogs. They love to garage-sale, travel, discuss theology, and serve the Lord in whatever capacity the Lord leads them!