From that moment on, Pastor Stevens dedicated himself to learning about Jesus and to the ministry and the study of the Bible. A farm boy born in West Sumner, Maine, in 1929, and raised by his widowed mother from the age of 3, Pastor Stevens approached Bible study and Christianity the way he approached everything in life – with intensity and concentration. His dedication to this life with God helped establish thriving churches in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland.
COMMUNICATING THE VISION
Northeast School of the Bible was founded in Maine in 1972. Its first graduating class, in 1975, included Thomas Schaller, now the Presiding Elder and Pastor of Greater Grace World Outreach. With the growth of the Bible college, there came a need for more space. That space was found in Lenox, Mass., where The Bible Speaks World Outreach relocated in 1976. There, Stevens School of the Bible was founded and what followed was a period of great activity. The students of the college proved instrumental in establishing New England’s largest bus ministry and Sunday School. Also, waves of teams headed out to various countries.
Christian Talk Radio has been a staple of the GGWO ministry since the 1960s, when Pastor Stevens began making guest appearances on the Telephone Time program in New England. He later became Telephone Time’s full-time host and continued in the capacity on the Grace Hour until 2004.
In 1987, the ministry moved to Baltimore, Maryland and became Greater Grace World Outreach. The diverse urban center located between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia proved a fruitful ground for more growth. Maryland Bible College and Seminary was founded and continued the training of pastors, missionaries, and servants to go into all the world.
Pastor Thomas Schaller
Pastor Thomas Schaller, a long trusted and tested church-planter, emerged as the leader and, in 2005, the elders of GGWO unanimously elected Pastor Schaller as the ministry’s Presiding Elder and Pastor.