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Pastors & Staff

Pastor Steve Basht

Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve was appointed to Janes in July 2020 as Senior Pastor, after being appointed originally in July 2019 as the Executive Associate Pastor of Administration. 
Steve lives is Rising Sun with his wife, Elizabeth and 5 kids.  They live on a 54-acre farm in Rising Sun, MD.  Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Steve went on to earn a BA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Theology from Liberty University.

Pastor Steve’s pastoral ministry began when he was appointed to Ebenezer UMC in Rising Sun, MD in February 2018.  He became a Licensed Local Pastor in June 2018.
Currently, he also serves as the Area Director for Maryland Coalition for Men’s Discipleship where he works with other area churches to reach and disciple men.
Steve also worked as a professional dog trainer for his company, Sassafras Canine Service Academy, training hunting retrievers, service dogs and working with pet owners with problem pups.

Steve has a passion for discipling men and dog training lends credence that “all men are dogs”…dog training and men’s ministry seems like a natural fit!