Carl and Steff met as teenagers at a church campmeeting. They became high school sweethearts, and after some time, were engaged. In that moment, they made a commitment to God and each other that they would always honor God and “be real” with everything and everyone.
Throughout their twenties, they grew steadily in both the Word and Spirit, while serving as young adult pastors at the Church of God in Carmi, IL. They also were trained in counseling, deliverance, and various roles of leadership. In a short time, Carl was elected to the church counsel. Then, they became youth pastors, and Carl was ordained as a licensed minister.
In 2008, Carl and Steff began leading the youth and young adults ministry at Thompsonville, IL COG. Steph also helped with the children’s Sunday School and media department. They faithfully served there for 6 years before meeting Josh, Lydia and Dan at a weekly prayer meeting. At that prayer meeting, they encountered the same desire, zeal and vision God had placed in them.
In 2015, during the foundation of Loft Church in Herrin, IL, they felt the Holy Spirit tell them they were to be planted there and serve. They quickly became pastors, and for the past four years have helped to facilitate the rapid growth at the Loft, as the Lord continues to pour out through signs, wonders, and miracles. They have a particular passion for teaching the body of Christ foundational identity and how to operate in the authority and power of the kingdom of God.