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PASTOR BRIDGET STEIB: Leading a ministry of LOVE (PART 1)

The Inspirational Pastor Bridget Steib of The Ministry of Love

In a world where we often feel hopeless, someone like Pastor Bridget Steib, is a breath of fresh air.

Pastor Steib is pastor of The Ministry of Love of Baton Rouge and she is a role model for certain. Preaching positive words of encouragement to the masses, Pastor Steib breathes life into her congregation. Just ask any of her members and they will tell you this is true.

She is a bright spot in a dimly lit world. We heard so many good things about the church and Pastor Steib, that we had to catch up with her to see what makes her tick.

Here’s how our conversation with Pastor Steib went:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers about you – what makes you tick, what drives you & how you came to be a pastor.

PASTOR BRIDGET STEIB: What makes me tick? : The love of God and His Word is the core of my being.  He’s the Man that I can’t live without.  He’s the Man that makes my heart beat and gives me the rest I need.  I am so in love and engulfed in that Man.  Sure I love my husband and I thank God for my husband, but God is the Man who holds my heart. What motivates me is knowing that I don’t need another to do what God has called me to do.  I intend to fight my own fight and finish my own course.  I tell God, “God you don’t need to seek another to do what you’ve called me to do.”  I have the assurance that everything God has promised me; it will surely come to pass.  Why do I say that?  I know what God has called me to do isn’t ordinary nor is it just for me. It’s for so many other people.  Some of the people are assigned to my care, but some are at a distance.  Nevertheless, God has graced me to be a blessing to people. Originally, my desire was to be a nurse.  I had completely enrolled in Nursing school and deep in my heart, I knew I was going to be a nurse.  Until one day, as I was preparing to start school, I heard God say, “Bridget, I didn’t call you to be a nurse, I called you to teach this gospel.”  Did a pastorate position come immediately after the instructions and voice of God?  No, I didn’t just walk into this position.  From that point of instructions, a supernatural spirit to study fourteen to sixteen hours a day came upon me.  Now, I would make sure my household was well balanced and taken care of, however, I made sure that time was set aside with God. During this time of preparation, I continued to press forward and to sit under the teachings and training of my pastor.  I would absorb as much knowledge as I could and I learned the importance of authority and protocol in the church.  I knew how to submit to the authority of my pastor. My pastor permitted me to minister one Sunday out of the month and I was even able to share the knowledge through teaching a bible study in the home. As time moved on, I knew when the time had come for the pastorate position, because many confirmations began to come forth.  However, just as a woman is about to give birth, strong travailing took place before the Ministry of Love came into existence.  Many tears and pains came with the position, but I never regret any of it.  It all is to the glory of God.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you find most challenging about leading others?

PASTOR BRIDGET STEIB: I find the most challenging thing in leading others is teaching people to unlearn some things they have learned.  Often, people have encountered erroneous teachings and those teachings, perhaps, have people living defeated lives.  As a leader, my greatest task is to first lead people to Christ and second to teach others to live a victorious life and a life of freedom. It is so important that people learn that God wants us to live a life of liberty and He wants us to enjoy our life.  He doesn’t want us moping and complaining; but He desires us to be healthy, wealthy and maintain good success.  God desires people to totally trust and depend on Him for everything pertaining to their life. Essentially, the challenge rests within reforming or restructuring the mind set of many people from defeat to victory.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What is most encouraging or rewarding, as far as being a pastor goes?

PASTOR BRIDGET STEIB: The most encouraging or rewarding thing for me as a pastor, is seeing the manifestation of change in people.  Seeing the Word in action as it unfolds in the lives of the people.  I rejoice in seeing reformation and conformation resulting in the manifestation of the spoken Word.  It does my heart good to see people living out the promises of God in their lives.

PASTOR BRIDGET STEIB: Leading a ministry of love (Part 2):
PASTOR BRIDGET STEIB: Leading a ministry of love (Part 3):

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.


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