Steve regards himself as a native Hoosier, even though he was born in Kankakee, IL. Most of his growing up years were in Ft. Wayne, IN, except for three high school years in Downers Grove, IL, a suburb of Chicago.
Steve excelled in music at a young age, both as a violinist and a singer. He attended Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, IL, where he was active in music public relations groups and the Orpheus Choir. Majoring in speech, Steve graduated with honors in 1976.
Upon graduation, Steve worked in his father’s insurance agency and was a part-time minister of music at his home church, Lake Avenue Church of the Nazarene, in Ft. Wayne. In the fall of 1978, he joined the Bill Gaither organization, marketing church music
nationally for Alexandria House for a decade. In the fall of 1988, he became the minister of music for East Side Church of God in Anderson, IN. In 1992, Steve answered God’s call to First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, TN, where he served until joining the staff of North Anderson Church of God in May of 2000.
In addition to his church duties, Steve served the Anderson University School of Theology in the chapel program conducting the Seminary Chorus from 2003-2006. He has served several church music publishers as a consultant and clinician for choral music seminars. He is a member of the Celebration Hymnal LLC which manages the co-published hymnal from WORD MUSIC and INTEGRITY MUSIC. He also has been a regular performer on the stage in the Madison Park musical A CHRISTMAS CAROL...THE MUSICAL acting in several different roles and serving as the Music Director. Steve is celebrating his 8th year as a vocalist with the Heartland Big Band and enjoys the opportunity to sing the songs made famous by some of his favorite crooner’s.
Steve and his wife Cheri have been married 31 years. The Williamsons have three children: David (26), Kyle (25), and Lauren (23).