I am a slave of Christ, husband, father, volunteer pastor, writer, speaker… This blog assembles my ministry writing and makes it more intentionally available to my family, friends, and other readers.
The name of this blog was taken from the name of my newsletter (Second Wind) during seminary. I graduated with a masters of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC in October 2013. Prior to seminary, I worked for 27 years as an economist with the federal government in five different agencies. My doctorate is in agricultural economics from Michigan State University (1985).
My wife, Maryam, and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2014. Maryam hails from Iran and teaches high school mathematics and chemistry. I grew up in the Washington DC metro area but spent summers as a kid on my grandparent’s farm in Iowa. We have three adult children: Christine (born 1989), Narsis (1991), and Stephen Reza (1992). We live in Centreville, VA.
Because I believe that a pastor needs to serve the entire community, I have focused on improving my Spanish and serving in Hispanic ministry since 2011. The U.S. stands only behind Mexico in the number of Spanish speaking residents which is why T2Pneuma is bilingual—Spanish and English. I have used bilingual reflections to prepare for my adult Sunday school class and for other purposes. Occasionally I also preach in Spanish having learned Spanish living in Puerto Rico for a summer (1977). As a foreign-exchange student, I also studied a year in Göttingen, Germany (1978/79).
My author website, http://www.StephenWHiemstra.net, recently got a makeover. Sign up for my newsletter and receive free downloads of my recent talks or EBook publications, such as my published prayerbooks.
I am also active on Twitter (@T2Pneuma) where I post not only about ministry issues, but also other issues of interest (politics, economics, social media, etc).
Because I am a volunteer pastor, I also have a commercial website: http://www.T2Pneuma.com. On January 16, 2014, I registered T2Pneuma Publishers LLC (P.O. Box 230564, Centreville, VA 20120) in the State of Virginia for purposes of supporting my ministry through publishing Christian books in English and Spanish.
I published my first book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality, in 2014 and I translated it into Spanish in 2015 (video trailer). In 2016, I published Life in Tension and in 2017 my memoir, Called Along the Way. In 2018, I published an EBook compilation, Spiritual Trilogy and my first hardcover book, Everyday Prayers for Everyday People. In 2019, I published Simple Faith. See http://www.T2Pneuma.com for details my books.
In 2016, I started using a slogan: Hear Jesus’ words; Walk his steps; Experience his joy!
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Soli Deo Gloria
Stephen W. Hiemstra