Stephen Manuel Maldonado, age 49, of Pataskala, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on August 29, 2021 at Licking Memorial Hospital. Steve was born June 20, 1972 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Victor and Marjorie (Lake) Maldonado. Steve was currently a member of World Fire Church in Pickerington, OH.
Steve was a giant of a man and a giant servant of Jesus, and is remembered for his burning heart for souls and his selfless loving spirit. He dedicated his life to ministry: Steve was previously Youth Pastor at Outreach Church, Youth Pastor at Emmanuel Church of Etna, Founder and Pastor of Common Ground Ministries, and is well known for his time as Director of Outreach Ministries for the past 25 years. Wherever God called Steve to minister, he gave selflessly of himself, becoming the hands and feet of Jesus as he ministered Jesus' love, whether to those struggling with dependency, the poor and the needy, or to those who simply needed a helping loving hand.
Steve was able to minister because he had a living personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Steve knew the power of the Word of God that it is sharper than any two-edged sword and is able to tear asunder the chains of bondage and bring consolation to the needy.
In addition to Steve's dedication to the Lord's ministry, Steve was also dedicated to his family. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth; children: John, Leah, Judah, Cecelia, Elijah, and Este; sister, Leah (Kevin) Harvey; brother, Victor Maldonado Jr; nieces and nephews: Zephaniah, Victoria, Stella, Victor III, Stacy, Erica, Rhonda, Austin, Hunter, Carter and Preston. Steve was also a loving friend to those of which there are too many to count.
Family will receive friends on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Eagle Rock Church 6810 Blacklick Eastern Rd. Pickerington, OH where a celebration of Steve's life, ministry, and love for Jesus will follow at 12:00 PM. Pastor Josh Lawrence officiating with burial to follow at Glen Rest Memorial Estate, Reynoldsburg. In lieu of flowers please donate in Steve's memory to Outreach Ministries (theoutreachministries.com). Online condolences may be left at www.pfeiferfuneral.com.
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