Steven Beardsley is the Senior Pastor of Newark United Pentecostal Church in Newark, DE. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1994 as a Dean’s Scholar in Religious Studies with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude. Upon graduation, he entered The Divinity School at Harvard University and in June of 1996 graduated with a Masters of Theological Studies concentrating in the areas of New Testament and Early Christian History. Following graduation from Harvard, Steven assumed the position of Assistant to the Pastor at Newark UPC. In 1998 he was elected and served as Youth President of the NJ-DE District of the UPCI until 2000. In April of 2000, Steven was installed as Associate Pastor and became an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International. In September of 2000, he began his Ph.D. program in Religion (focusing on New Testament and Early Christian History) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. In 2005 he was elected and installed as Senior Pastor of Newark UPC and in 2010 he was elected to a two-year term as Home Missions Director of the NJ-DE District of the UPCI. Steven successfully defended his dissertation on January 12, 2012 and formally graduated with his Ph.D. in May 2012. Steven was a founding faculty member of Urshan Graduate School of Theology where he taught for 14 years and served as Academic Dean for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. He is married to Regina and has three boys (Vincent, Caleb and Marcus) and two girls (Candace and Cassandra). Steven can best be described as: Follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, teacher, writer, Bible Quiz coach. You can learn more about Steven at his personal website, stevenbeardsley.com.
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