Vice President for Ministries, Senior Youth/Young Adult Director
Steve Horton, Vice President for Ministries, Senior Youth/Young Adult Director
Steve Horton has spent his entire pastoral career in the Central California Conference. In 1976, after attending Oakwood College in Alabama, he received a call to his home church, the San Francisco Philadelphian, where he served for several years before completing his Masters of Divinity at Andrews University and Masters in Public Health at Loma Linda University. He then pastored a number of churches in the Central Valley and Bay Area before joining the conference office staff, first as director of African-American Ministries and Senior Youth/Young Adults. He has been in his current position since 2001.
Steve’s 32 years of ministry are anchored in dependence on Jesus and loving people. His mission statement is to heal lives, restore people and prepare them to meet Jesus. His favorite Spirit of Prophecy passage is “Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs and won their confidence. Then he bade them, "Follow Me." Ministry of Healing, p.143
Steve’s responsibilities lie in two primary areas: nurturing God’s people, and leading God’s people into active ministry through discovering their God-given talents. "The department of Church Ministries provide opportunities for people to experience Jesus’ love, so they can become healthy/vibrant people that will attract others to God,” he states.
The ministries which he has direct responsibility are: Family Life, Youth and Young Adult, Health, and Outreach Training. Which include such ministries as: Married Couples, Parenting, Prison, Community Service, Disaster Response, Hope for humanity (ingathering) Men’s, Singles, Senior Citizen, and NSO though he also supports and oversees several others that fall under the umbrella which is Church Ministries.
“To be successful in ministry, we must use Christ’s methods of mingling with people, loving them and then calling them to follow Him,” Steve explains. “In essence, it’s all about love. When we are brushed by love we will respond in love.”
Steve is married to Kimberly, who's passion is ministering through her music and serves the community as a hospital Administrator for the Mercy Hospital System in Bakersfield. They have three talented children: Steven, an Attorney in New York; Teasha, an Administrative Secretary; and Duane, a student. They have been blessed with four vibrant grandchildren. Steve enjoys music, reading, leading people, and all aspects of health and fitness.
Malisa Kuykendall, Secretary for the Ministries Department
Malisa has worked for the Central California Conference since 2005, and often has opportunities to minister on the job. “I love it when God reminds me that I am on His schedule and gives me the opportunity to shine for His glory. So often calls come to our department in which someone is just seeking encouragement. It is a joy to be able to share the mercy of our Savior with someone whom I will never see face to face until we meet in the kingdom of heaven." she says.
Much of Malisa’s work centers around the numerous trainings, retreats, and conventions hosted by the Ministries Department, including the annual Marriage Retreat, Disaster Relief Trainings, Youth Conventions, Live Free Health program, prison ministry training, and more. With a different event taking place nearly every week, Malisa keeps busy with preparations, advertising, coordination, and follow-up, and is also responsible for Internet management, budget development/management and customer service for the department. “Even though I’m really busy, I always have time to take a phone call or help out,” she says with a smile.
When not at work, Malisa enjoys spending time with her husband of nine years, Shane, a professional painter, and their two children Sarah and Seth. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."