Steve is a pastor at Hope Community Church. Born and raised in in Kingston, Jamaica, Steve came to the U.S and attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he met his wife, Tori, and obtained a degree in Economics. The Blake’s now have two amazing kids, Saylen and P.K. Steve was a pastor in Washington, D.C. for 10 years and has a M.A, Ministry, with a concentration in Christian Leadership from Hope International University. Being multi-national and multi-ethnic, Steve is passionate about multicultural community in which people embrace and celebrate the image of God in each other. More than anything, Steve wants each person he interacts with to be all that God has made them to be. As a social entrepreneur, Steve is committed to collaborating with others for social good. Steve believes that the person and teachings of Jesus provide individual and collective fulfillment as Jesus is the one who allows us to be redeemed, reconciled and restored back to God and one another. Having lived in Kingston, London and Washington D.C, Steve loves Austin because he sees it as a model for emerging cities of the world.
Hola! I was born and raised in Texas, but left the Lone Star State for a brief interim period for college. I have a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.In the following year after seminary, I then completed a one-year pastoral residency in Chicago before moving back to Texas to start this church. I currently live in East Austin with my wife, Michelle, and our two kids. My wife and I have been married for over eight years. Michelle has a Ph.D in 18th-Century German literature and you can find her writings on faith, family and diversity with Christianity Today Women, Think Christian, (in)courage and iBelieve, among other places. We are both passionate about reaching all the peoples here in East Austin. Having grown up in multicultural homes and environments, we value diversity and long to see peoples across ethnicities be restored to God and to each other. We do this through life-on-life relationships – both ourselves and members of our church live, work, and serve within the community that we do ministry. I am also passionate about teaching people the beauty of color and seek to empower our people to do the same. In addition, we seek the peace of our city by calling out injustices, advocating racial solidarity, and pursuing holistic restoration for community. Beyond our church, I speak regularly at other churches, ministries, and non-profits on the topics of inter-cultural ministry, racial solidarity and holistic restoration. If you would like me to speak at your upcoming event, you can contact me here. A few more things about Michelle and I: we created a devotional blog called “The Art of Taleh” (theartoftaleh.com), which provides a new teaching model accessible for anyone for studying the Bible. And, in our free time, we enjoy cooking together, gardening, and watching soccer.
creative arts & music director
Hi there! I was born in Honduras and moved to the U.S. in 2000. I’m married to Jeff and we have two sweet pups. Jeff and I moved to Austin from New York in 2015, about two weeks after getting married! We are now setting roots down in Southeast Austin and are so happy to call Austin our home. I’m the co-owner of a creative agency where I work as an Interior Designer and the Director of “catch-all” (disclaimer: self-given title). I am passionate about helping others value environmental sustainability, and intentional living, so I started a small business called Heart + Space. I really enjoy watercoloring, puns, dad-jokes, miniature things, traveling and orange juice.