CHAPLAIN STEVE CHRISTENSON
Chaplain Steve Christenson was born in Madison, WI and graduated from East High School. After two years of liberal arts studies at the University of Wisconsin, he attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he earned his B.A. in Theology and Greek. Following his first year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, Steve served as an associate pastor intern in Seattle, WA. Concluding that "the ministry" was not for him, he pursued another calling.
Sensing God's call to study law, Steve moved to Virginia Beach, VA to attend Regent University. While a law student, he served as an intern with the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. At the conclusion of the internship, he submitted a proposal to the court regarding the implementation of a new DNA testing procedure, which was adopted by all the juvenile courts in Virginia. At his graduation from law school in 1998, the law faculty presented him with The Distinguished Professional Achievement Award in Public Law. Steve's legal practice in criminal defense and juvenile and domestic relations took him into the jails, detention homes and city projects. He soon found himself ministering to his clients, who were very receptive to spiritual matters.
Within a few years, Steve realized that the Lord was calling him to the ministry, not in the local church, but in the local jail, as a chaplain. He became a chaplain at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry on September 16, 2002. Steve became the Senior Chaplain on February 16, 2003. Steve lives in Virginia Beach, VA, with his wife, Darlene. They are members of New Covenant Presbyterian Church.