Mashpee Congregational Church Welcomes Steve Youd.
For the majority of his professional life, Steve has had the privilege of serving as a pastor – – sandwiched in between 2 wonderful sojourns on the denominational staff of the American Baptist Churches (the sister denomination of the United Church of Christ). Most recently, he served as “State Director of Mission & Stewardship” and earlier as “State Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.”
Both of his primary pastorates were long-term: durations of 7 and 14 years. The earlier pastorate was a new church development project. He was called to be “The Building Pastor.” It was his responsibility to grow the congregation to the point where they had a sufficient fund base to build a worship facility. By the time he left, they had a larger congregation, a broader financial foundation, and a brand new building.
During his next pastorate, they also enjoyed some advances. They added a new worship service (going from one service to two); their worship attendance grew by 250%; they tripled their general fund budget; and, their mission budget also tripled.
Programmatically, they also saw some encouraging things. Their Men’s Bible Study grew substantially (from 10-12 men to 25-30 men per Saturday); they added multiple women’s groups (including “Helping Hands” – – a group designed to strategically reach out to the community); they became a “Stephen Ministry Church” (commissioning over 20 Stephen Ministers); and, they started a multiplicity of new home fellowship groups (incorporating over 100 adults).
Perhaps most exciting, for both of the aforementioned churches, was their foray into the world of hands-on mission. Between the 2 churches, they rebuilt homes in Appalachia; restored community centers in New Orleans; dug a water system in Nicaragua; began a Hospital in the Dominican Republic; and, built a school in Honduras. Steve believes that seeing the needs of the world first-hand is a major reason why each church grew in their giving. Parishioners had seen the needs of the world, and wanted to accelerate their impact.
As to honors, Steve points specifically to 2. Upon graduation from Yale, Steve was presented with the prestigious Mersick Preaching Award – – bestowed by A. Bartlett Giamatti (the late President of Yale, and subsequently Commissioner of Major League Baseball); and, Steve was invited to write 2 chapters of the book Making Sense Of Your Faith (Judson Press).
Steve is married to the former Debbie Bradford (a descendent of the Governor). Deb is a practicing physical therapist with SouthCoast Health. They have 3 grown children: Stephanie, a medical doctor; Melissa, a commercial designer; and Christina, a student in forensics. And, they have been blessed with 7 grandchildren (3 boys and 4 girls)
In his spare time, Steve loves to boat, root for the Red Sox, is a lover of classic cars and, a passionate admirer of the 3 Stooges (his second favorite trinity!). He considers himself one fortunate human being.