Pastor Steven Sparley was born in Minneapolis, MN. After attending Bethany Lutheran College, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Classical Greek in 1977, and went on to Graduate School in the interdisciplinary Department of Ancient Studies, where he was also an instructor of Sumerian language. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Lutheran Seminary in 1984. He has served as a parish pastor in Minnesota and Oregon, as a home missionary in Colorado and a foreign missionary in Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, where he and the Rev. James Krikava founded St. Paul Lutheran Church and Martin Luther Elementary (Základní) School. Additionally, he has served as a visiting seminary professor in Ukraine (1996-2005) and India (2006). He and his wife are blessed with five children.