Steve Holdman was born in Missouri, and as a child lived in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. He prayed to accept Jesus as his Savior when he was six years old. As a youth, he was active in his church youth group, but reflecting on his teenage years, he characterized his youth as mirroring the attitude of a Pharisee. As a young man, Steve, felt God’s call to ministry and started his college education with plans to enter the ministry. However, in college, he lost his way and became a prodigal. For the next ten years, he moved from job to job, from working in security, to a Police Officer, retail, and finally settling into a career in purchasing and operations. Steve later completed his BA in Organizational Management from Concordia University and earned an MBA from Eastern New Mexico University.

In February 1986, Steve reached a crisis point in his life. After years of personal failure and a failed marriage, he decided he was a disappointment to himself, his family, and his God. He decided to take his life and as he placed a gun to his head, a scripture verse came to mind, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13. Steve believes it was the voice of his merciful Father reaching out to restore him. He cried out to God to forgive him, cleanse him, and be his Lord and Savior.

 Later that year, the Lord opened a door to ministry, Steve sang on weekends in a traveling Gospel Quartet, and he shared the Gospel wherever the Lord opened the door. Over the years, Steve has been active in the body of Christ in various capacities as a choir member, music leader, Sunday school teacher, and various other areas of service. Steve and Denise moved to New Mexico in 2006. They have three children and eight grandchildren. In 2017, they moved to Belen and started attending CCRGV, where he began serving in the Greeter and New Believer Ministries. In 2019, he began serving as a deacon. After hearing the vision of The Citadel, Steve felt the Lord was leading him in a new direction. He left a successful business career in early 2020 and took a step of faith looking to God to lead him. Little did he know that the Lord had a plan for his life to serve on staff at CCRGV as an administrator. Steve now oversees the accounting procedures at Calvary, and he looks forward to serving the body in any way that the Lord leads, while sharing the message of the love and grace of a merciful God.