Steve moved to California to study to become a minister. He was passionate about churches being involved in the community and while in California he worked with a number of faith communities, bringing people together and community organizing. He also worked at a nonprofit at the same time, helping workers get better conditions on the job. Steve worked in L.A for five years. He wanted to start his own church while on the west coast, but it didn't work out as he had planned. Instead, Steve got connected to a church in Lutherville, Maryland and found an opportunity to start his own congregation in Baltimore City. He moved to Baltimore last year and started his church. Steve knew he had to make money to pay his bills however, and so he spent 6 months looking for a job. It was hard to find a job in his field of interest of community organizing as a newcomer without ties to the community, but he stayed involved with his passions during this time, working with hotel employees and families to get better job conditions. Eventually, after making connections in the community, he got his current job as Director of Community Engagement at CPHA. Even though he works outside of the faith community for his day job, Steve still does what he loves and is building his Baltimore City congregation.
Vance was born and raised in Ohio. He is currently the Principal of Patterson High School and is the first black principal in the high school's history. Vance is also a recently published author, although working in education and writing were not the careers he saw for himself as a young man. Vance dreamed of playing football in the NFL and he came close to achieving this dream. Going into his senior year of college however, Vance tore up his knee and this diverted his lifelong dream. Vance grew up on a rough block in Ohio and didn't always find himself in the best situations. He knew he needed to go back to school to get his Masters in order to be successful and so he found the quickest program and went into teaching. After receiving his Masters, Vance when into a charter school in an administrative position, then became an english teacher, then an assistant principal, and finally the principal of his old high school. Vance wasn't ready for that to become the pinnacle of his career though, and so moved to Baltimore three years ago where he has been principal at Patterson High School since. Vance told clients to be comfortable and confident with who they are. "Write out what you want to do and look it often, your dreams can come true." Vance also shared the importance of believing in yourself, having an extended support network, and getting exposure to what you want to do. "Shaddow people who do what you want to do," he said. "And most importantly, always have faith."