Rev. Steve Gregg
About Steve: “I first came to Creekside as a student in the mid 1980’s. Even though I had become a christian as a high School student, after coming to UF, I had spent some time walking away from my faith and Creekside was instrumental in calling me back. Over the next six years I was able to be a part of ministry at the church, working mainly with the Youth group and then college students. During that time I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree from the business school and went to work in private industry here in Gainesville. More importantly than that, I met my wonderful wife, Kim here and we were married in 1987.
During this time, Kim and I were praying for and seeking out opportunities to serve somewhere overseas before we started our family. While we weren’t exactly sure where, we had a heart to go to Europe, especially after I had spent short time during a trip at a Christian Youth hostel in Amsterdam and had seen what an amazing opportunity there was in Europe. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain, we were able in 1991 to join a team of 70+ English teachers with Educational Services International (ESI) going to Budapest, Hungary. During our time there, we taught English at the Budapest Teacher’s Training College, as well as serving as administrators for ESI. We were very fortunate during our time there to get plugged into a Hungarian Reformed Church in northern Budapest (Ujpest) and to develop life long friendships. It was during that time that the Lord confirmed our desire to serve in the church and in particular my call to pastoral ministry. In 1993, we left Hungary to come back to Creekside to join the church staff to work fulltime with the Youth group. Though we were afraid the door was closing being able to serve in Hungary, we were able to go back in 1998 with a group of Creekside college students to help out with English Bible camps. We have continued going back to help with a variety of camps and retreats almost every year since. It’s hard to express the joy at getting to serve here at Creekside, while keeping a foot in the door of serving along side our dear brothers and sisters in Hungary.
When we returned back to Creekside, I served as Youth pastor from 1993 to 1997, when I moved into an assistant pastor’s position. In 2010, I stepped into the Lead pastor’s position. During the first years back in Gainesville, the church leadership graciously provided the time for me to attend Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where I graduated in 2003. That family Kim and I were planning before Hungary came to pass and it includes 4 terrific and wonderfully unique kids; Calvin, Jack, Rose and Nate, each for whom I am extremely grateful. Kim, besides mothering 4 kids, works as a Title 1 teacher at a local elementary school which has opened my eyes to the opportunities to love and serve people well in our city in the context of our public schools. (May her tribe increase!!)
As I look back at my 30+ years at Creekside, first as a “prodigal” son returning to the faith, then as a young husband, next as a new pastor and then finally as a father, the Lord has used the Creekside family all along the way to teach and model Grace and Truth in powerful ways over and over again. This is truly a remarkable church family and I am fortunate to be here. I am so very grateful as well to serve in this church “family” along side such a gifted and gracious staff. I have to say it’s an exciting time to be here in Gainesville as it seems there is increasing unity between the churches in general and a growing desire on the part of Christ-followers here to be “light and salt” in ways that truly and significantly impact our city and community for Christ. If you are new to Gainesville, we’d love the chance to meet you and see if Creekside is the church family for you.