The Campus Missioner for ESC Waco is The Rev. Steven Balke, Jr. He is originally from Michigan, where he worked at Eastern Michigan University. Passionate about education, reaching out and inspiring people to think in new and changing ways, Steven specialized in student retention, adult continuing education, and helping at-risk students find the resources they needed to succeed in the university environment.

Called by God to pursue a path to the priesthood, Steven studied at Indiana Wesleyan University for a degree in religious studies, concentrating on Biblical literature. He did his first year of seminary at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, an ecumenical seminary with a focus on bridging the divide between denominations and opening a dialogue where we can learn from each other. He then completed his final two years of seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he focused on Anglican liturgy, comparative theology, restorative justice, and family systems theory. Before being called to Waco, Steven served as a deacon at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC.

Now, Steven serves both at the ESC and as a pastor at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Waco, where he continues to focus on the importance of community, faith formation, and education.

Steven is married to Katie, who is a teacher, and they have a two-year-old son named Elliott. He loves the outdoors, cycling, running, and water sports. Being from Michigan, he is still an avid fan of ice hockey, but is learning the joys of football and basketball as well. Steven and Katie love to cook, and you will frequently find them watching cooking shows and trying to copy and improve upon new recipes.

We also have lots of other fantastic clergy in the Waco area who have pledged their support to the Episcopal Student Center. Please check out their bios at:
Church of the Holy Spirit
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

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