Steven Beardsley is the Senior Pastor of Newark United Pentecostal Church in Newark, DE and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Urshan Graduate School of Theology in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from University of Delaware in 1994 as a Dean’s Scholar in Religious Studies with a Honors Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude. Upon graduation, he entered The Divinity School at Harvard University and in June of 1996 graduated with a Masters of Theological Studies concentrating in the areas of New Testament and Early Church History. Following graduation from Harvard, Steven assumed the position of Assistant to the Pastor at Newark UPC. In April of 2000, Steven was installed as Associate Pastor and became an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International. In September of 2000, he began his Ph.D. program in Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and successfully defended his dissertation on January 12, 2012. He formally graduated with his Ph.D. in May 2012. In 2005 he was elected and installed as Senior Pastor of Newark UPC and in 2010 he was elected to a two-year term as Home Missions Director of the NJ-DE District of the UPCI. He is married to Regina and has three boys (Vincent, Caleb and Marcus) and two girls (Candace and Cassandra). Steven can best be described as: Follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, teacher, writer, Bible Quiz coach.