Steen takes over as church pastor

DOWNEY - A near-capacity crowd attended a formal evening dinner last Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church for the installation of new pastor Dr. Paul Steen.Steen, a longtime resident of Downey, has been involved in local church ministry for many years. He also teaches classes at Talbot School of Theology, where he received his master's and doctorate degrees. "I am drawn to the lost, especially those of the current and emerging generation, but I also enjoy ministering with those of older generations," he said. The Trinity fellowship hall was decorated by members of the Trinity youth department for the installation. Dinner was prepared by various congregation members and music was provided by church worship leader Jeff Freberg. Brenda Valdez, a Cerritos College student and participate in Wednesday night youth activities at Trinity, provided a special music presentation. Also in attendance were outgoing Trinity pastor Michael Cleland and his wife, Janet, and El Camino Church pastor Benny Lopez and his family. Ray Erwin, chairman of the pastoral search committee, introduced Steen before pastoral staff member Chris Stewart addressed Steen with a charge to the ministry, which Steen accepted. Trinity Baptist Church holds Sunday morning services at 10:30 a.m. and everyone is invited. The church is located at 8219 Florence Ave. in Downey. For more information, visit

********** Published: April 30, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 2