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Steven Garber spacer Steven Garber
Board Member

Steve has been on our Board of Directors since Ransom Fellowship began in 1983. Our friendship and commitment to one another started with a conversation at Bear Trap Ranch in the mountains of Colorado on a snowy December night years ago. Within minutes it seemed that Steve and Denis were long-lost friends. When Ransom was born several years later it seemed natural that Steve should contribute to our vision.

Steve is married to the lovely, Meg, and is father to five children, all them grown, and the owner of one slightly out-of-control dog. Currently, he is director of The Washington Institute [www.washingtoninst.org] where he writes, teaches, and faithfully challenges us to live as Christians who engage our culture, our vocations, our loves in a way that begins to heal the fractures that come from living in a fallen world. He puts it like this: “We are not interested in knowledge for its own sake — never, ever. Rather our concern is for a way of knowing that connects what we believe with the way that we live – our convictions about God, human nature, and history, with the reality of everyday experience. From beginning to end we are most interested in understanding why, how, and that ‘mere Christianity' shapes life, from the most personal areas of human concern to the most public arenas of human responsibility.”

Steve is widely known as a scholar, a writer, a speaker: He's been many things to many people: a Lilly Scholar at Calvin College, a professor at the American Studies Program in D.C., author of The Fabric of Faithfulness , a mentor, a thoughtful friend and net-worker for people in every calling of life.

But we know him as a fellow pilgrim always plotting a way for us to live and minister next door to one another so we can share an evening meal, a movie, a cup of tea. He's been the friend who dares hug my husband and ask him how are you loving your wife. We know him as a city farmer, a keeper of chickens who will fly a half dozen eggs across the country so we can experience what “organic” really means. He's been one to share our follies, our sorrows, our joys. And still, he can say: “Not only am I deeply committed to the vision of Ransom, but Denis and Margie are among my dearest friends in the whole world. I know them and I love them, as they know and love me. And that is a great grace.” Indeed, Steve, it is our great grace, as well.


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