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Steve M. Schlissel

Senior Pastor of Messiah's Covenant Community Church, UN Overseer —
Steve Schlissel has served as pastor of Messiah's Congregation since 1979. Born and raised in New York City, Schlissel became a Christian by reading the Bible. When Jesus said that everyone who hears His words will give an account for his response (Matthew 7:24-27), Steve took it seriously and sought the mercy of God through Jesus.

Steve and his wife Jeanne were married in a synagogue in 1974 by a rabbi and a priest. You had to be there: they marched down the aisle to an organ arrangement of Led Zep's "Stairway to Heaven." The Schlissels homeschooled their five children (who now range in age from 30 to 19), and also helped raise several foster children (mostly Vietnamese). In 2003, they adopted Anna (who was born in Hong Kong in 1988, but is now a U.S. citizen). They have 8 foster grandchildren and fourteen "natural" grandchildren, and likely more on the way!

The Schlissels enjoy singing Psalms, listening to classical music, Casandra Wilson, Roy Hargrove, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.