Steve Long is a local boy. He grew up in Ozark where he excelled in pretty much nothing but checking in with the principal. He experienced the transforming power of God's forgiving grace through faith in Jesus Christ when he was a young man. He has been surrounded with great teachers and has known both sides of Solomon's wise maxim, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." He grew up learning from his father who has pastored the same church for 40 years. In '95 he and his family moved to Olive Branch, MS to work with Mark Webb and the incredible Grace Bible Church. After three years there he and his family moved to Warsaw, IN to become the pastoral intern under the tutelage of Pastors Larry McCall, Steve Henry and Rollin Jump at Christ's Covenant Church. In 2000 he accepted the pastorate at Grace Baptist Church of Ozark, MO. (Full Circle) Recently the church moved from Ozark to Springfield where it became Hope of the Gospel Church. Steve has a beautiful wife, Angie, of 30 years and four children; Andrew, Alecia, Lydia and Savannah. He and Angie also have two son-n-laws (no big deal ; )) and three fantastic grandsons (big deal!) Logan, Mason and Gavin. He has worked as a letter carrier with the USPS for 27 years.