Steve and Shirley Jourdain started their ministry at St Albans in August 2000, when Steve was employed as associate minister to the senior minister Rev Rob Yule, during his two-year term as the National Moderator of the Presbyterian Church 2000-02. Steve had served the previous 14 years as minister of Dannevirke Presbyterian Church.
Before the conclusion of his Moderator’s term, Rob accepted a call to be minister of Greyfriars Presbyterian Church in Auckland. St Alban’s called Steve to be their senior minister and he was inducted in February 2002.
After 28 years, Steve still enjoys being a local church pastor, encouraging church mission and community, preaching God’s Word, sharing his faith in Jesus and serving in wider church roles. He is Convener of Presbytery Central (the middle-lower North Island region of the Presbyterian Church), is Co-Chair of Presbyterian AFFIRM (the Evangelical Network of the Presbyterian Church), has served on the National Leadership Team of New Wine NZ and been the Chair of the Palmerston North Christian Leaders Association.
In his spare time Steve enjoys golf, walking, watching rugby and being a home-handyman.
Steve grew up in the Hutt Valley and attended Victoria University where he obtained a Science Degree, majoring in Maths. Through his Christian parents, Steve was raised in both the Presbyterian and Apostolic Churches. He also became involved in the Christian Fellowship at Heretaunga College and with Scripture Union camps and coffee bar beach missions. He was actively involved in the Christian Union at Victoria University and the annual conferences of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship.
In 1975 Steve moved to Christchurch to attend Secondary Teachers’ College, specialising in teaching maths and children with special needs, and serving as the President of the Teachers’ Christian Fellowship. He was on the staff of Hagley High School in Christchurch from 1976-79 where he met and married commercial studies teacher, Shirley Lindbom, a West Coaster from Greymouth with a strong Methodist upbringing. Shirley was also an active runner and a Girls’ Brigade Captain.
During 1980 Steve worked voluntarily in their church, St Timothy’s Anglican in Burnside, leading evangelism projects. In 1981-82 he served part-time on the St Timothy’s staff as a youth worker and parish worker and taught maths part-time at St Andrew’s Boys College. He also served on the vestry and as a lay preacher. Their first daughter Rebekah was born in 1981. During this time Steve explored his long-time call to ordination and applied to Christchurch Presbytery to train as a Presbyterian minister.
Steve was accepted and trained at Knox Theological Hall in Dunedin from 1983-85, during which time their son Ross was born and Steve served as the Student Vice-President and President. In 1986 the family moved to Dannevirke where Steve began his first pastorate. During those 14 years, Kathryn was born in 1988.