Steve Schmidt, is a PK (Pastor’s Kid). His father was a pastor for Mennonite Brethren congregations in Nebraska and California, and on staff with independent mission organizations in Mississippi and California. After graduating from high school in California, Steve followed the lure of playing college baseball for a former major league and went to Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana where he played for Carl Erskine (former Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodger pitcher). It was at Anderson that Steve met his future wife, Janet. Steve and Janet have been married since 1972 and have three grown children living in Chicago, Seattle and Stuart, Florida. They also have five grandchildren. While their biological family spans the continental U.S., Steve and Jan’s extended family actually spans the globe. Since becoming empty-nesters, they have opened their home to international students from Anderson University where Jan is on staff. Students from Nepal and Cambodia, Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, Korea and Cayman have all called Steve and Jan’s place home in recent years.
Steve is a pilot for the same company Carl Walker flies for. Steve has co-authored five children’s musicals. Steve has never gotten a hole-in-one, but still tries occasionally. Steve never broke anything skiing, and he quit trying that some years back. Jan has had the opportunity to lead many student missions, service and educational trips and Steve enjoys tagging along when his schedule allows. Steve grew up in the Mennonite Brethern Church and accepted Christ under the ministry of his parents. Steve and Jan currently attend a Church of God congregation in Anderson–when Steve isn’t working and they’re not visiting grandkids.