MEET OUR PRESIDENT


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Steve Trader is known for his passion – a passion to lead and develop organizations, especially those growing and transforming. He has spent his career assisting individuals and teams in reaching their full potential and has been blessed to watch God move in organizations even before all of the pieces come together.

Steve’s heart is one of a servant leader. After working at the Executive Leadership level in the pharmaceutical industry for 23 years, God called him and his wife to plant a church in their hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. For 14 years, God blessed the church with tremendous growth and the opportunity to transform a community from the inside out. Throughout his time as a pastor, his church also opened a local coffee shop and produce market, The Well, to draw people in who may otherwise never enter a church. A portion of all the store’s profits went directly to missions.

Steve’s involvement in Teen Challenge began in 2005 when he served on the Board for Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge until 2011. He went on to serve on the Board of the U.S.A. National Office from 2016 until 2019, including as Chairman from 2018-2019. God began to move in his heart a call to higher leadership, leading him to the Global Teen Challenge (GTC) headquarters in Georgia in 2020. He now serves as the President / CEO.

Beyond his leadership expertise, Steve is valued by friends, family, and colleagues for something that can’t be taught in a classroom or learned in an office – his genuine compassion for every community and person around him – something employees and friends alike can feel. He keeps this at the center of everything he does and has approached his role at GTC, and the responsibility of helping put hope within reach of everyone, with this heart.

Steve and his wife Barb are blessed with two daughters – Stephanie, who lives in Washington, D.C., and Hannah, who also lives in Georgia.