Steve Gladen

Public Speaker, Consultant, and Writer in 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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Steve Gladen is the Pastor of the Small Group Community at Saddleback Church. He oversees the strategic launch and development of Saddleback's over 7,000 adult small groups across their global campuses. He has authored Small Groups With Purpose, which is translated into 14 languages to date; Leading Small groups With Purpose; Planning Small Groups With Purpose and co-authored Big Ideas for Small Group Leaders. In 2007 Steve started the Small Group Network ( which exists to "Connect Personally"with and "Resource Strategically"Small Group Point People to "Impact Globally"to build healthy biblical communities in their local church”.

He frequently speaks at conferences and consults with church leaders both in the United States and around the world. He has a driving passion to see each church attendee connected to a qualified shepherd and become an integral part of their church body, living purposefully for Christ.

Steve earned a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies, with minors in Greek and Philosophy in 1982, from Evangel University.Steve and Lisa have been married since 1989 and have two adult children, Erika and Ethan.

  • Work
    • Saddleback Church Global Small Group Pastor
  • Education
    • Evangel University
    • Fuller Theological Seminary