July 9, 2020
Galilee is happy to announce the arrival of Steve Hall as an Associate Pastor with a focus on the congregation at the Chapel at Lansdowne Woods. Steve and his wife Brenda joined the church ranks beginning July 1.
We think this is a great fit and maybe even a God thing, because while Steve and Brenda are new to Galilee, there’s already a considerable connection. Just like Pastor Geitra, Steve received his call to ministry while a member of Sterling United Methodist Church down the road from us. Additionally, Steve’s step-daughter Brietta Miller is on staff as the director of our Bell Choir. Finally, Steve’s father Homer Hall was the senior pastor at Galilee from 1975 to 1985.
Brenda and Steve Hall with grandson Tyler and Brietta and Jon Miller with their daughter Dawn
In addition to these connections, Steve is also a good fit for the Chapel because of his background. Like a former pastor at the Chapel, Matt Sergent, Steve comes from a career in law enforcement.
“I was in law enforcement for 42 years,” says Pastor Steve, “serving in both Fairfax and Loudoun County. I attended and taught recruits at the police academy. Also, I grew up in the same era that our Chapel congregants did. I was in Vietnam and have been around the block more than once. I think I can speak to the Chapel members as someone with experiences similar to their own.”
After retiring from law enforcement, Pastor Steve entered the corporate world at a technology company. When he felt God was calling him in a different direction, he became a licensed pastor. After local church work and courses of seminar study at Duke University, he was posted to Macedonia UMC in Louisa, VA, where he served for seven years as senior pastor.
More family! Mother Ethel Hall, Brenda and Steve, son Matt, and daughter Sara with husband Curt
After reaching mandatory retirement age for a senior pastor, Steve did not feel that God was done with him. So he looked around Northern Virginia for a part-time pastoral role which would allow him to pursue his passion: preaching and leading Bible studies.
“The emphasis in my ministry is the Bible and what it actually says. I will lead Bible studies as soon as I can and create worship services with good music. Worship has many different elements that we bring together, but music has always been particularly important to me.”
Throwback pic. Galilee senior pastor Homer Hall (Steve’s father) delivers a children’s message on Easter in 1981 at our original sanctuary.
Pastor Steve is raring to get to work, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have no set date for a return to in-person worship or small groups at the Chapel or Galilee. Initially, worship will happen online. To that end, Pastor Steve will preach for the very first time in our sanctuary this Sunday, July 12. You can watch him on our livestream.
Outside of church, Pastor Steve likes to exercise. He’s impatient for a return to the gym. He and Brenda love the water, so they’ll often take a two person kayak onto the Chesapeake Bay. He loves to read and as a former police officer, that often means mystery novels.
Join Our Welcome Caravan
Swing by Galilee for a “CARE-avan” to welcome Pastor Steve Hall and his wife, Brenda, to our church.
Sunday, July 12 at 11AM @ Galilee. (You’ll want to be there by 10:45).
Enter the church parking lot from the gravel lot entrance (west entrance). Rain or shine, cars will line up to welcome Steve and Brenda. It’s a socially distanced drive-by, no stopping or getting out. Give a big wave and say hello. Volunteers will man the parking lot entrances to keep things running smoothly.
If you like, decorate your car, hold a sign, or be free with the honking. We’ll have a rolling cart out if you want to drop off a card or message.