BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF STEPHEN D. FOURNIER

 

 

    “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 ESV)

 

    Stephen Fournier was born in Westerly, Rhode Island. At age two, his family moved to Montville, Connecticut where he attended the public schools, graduating from Montville High School in 1979.  Following graduation, Steve joined the U.S. Air Force, where he was an electronics technician. While in the service, Steve and Darleen made a commitment to each other in marriage.   Steve was honorably discharged in 1982, returning to the Montville area, where Darleen and he purchased a home.


    They began to attend church at The Norwich Baptist Chapel, and it was there, under the ministry of Michael Maxnier, both Steve and Darleen were saved by the sovereign  grace of God. That same year they followed Christ through the waters of baptism. The next year Steve began to take courses through Bethany Bible College, earning his Bible diploma. It was during this time that Steve was active with C.A.R.E.S. (Christian Apologetic Research and Education Service), which was an outreach to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other cults. It was through Bethany Bible College that he later received his degree in Biblical Studies.


    Steve and Darleen soon found themselves attending the Montville Union Baptist Church. They became members and enrolled in a program through the church and Village Missions called the ACT program. Village Missions is a home missions organization whose purpose is to "provide qualified, spiritual leadership to those rural and suburban areas in the United States and Canada where there exists a definite need to win and disciple people to Jesus Christ through the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel." The purpose of the ACT program is to train men to be Pastors within the local church. Under the leadership of Pastor Jim Cook, Steve completed the requirements of the ACT program, becoming Assistant Pastor at the church.
 

    In November 1991, Jim Cook left to take a church in Panton, Vermont. At this time Steve took over the leadership of Montville Union Baptist Church. In May 1992, Steve and his wife Darleen were officially accepted into Village Missions, and it was at this time he became the full-time senior pastor of Montville Union Baptist Church, where he served for a little over one year.  

 

    In August of 1993 Steve and Darleen were assigned by Village Missions to The Milford Center Community Bible Church, then called the Milford Center Baptist Church. God has truly blessed this ministry, opening many doors for ministry.  In addition to Steve's responsibilities at the Milford Center church, he also serves the residents of the Otsego Manor nursing home as the chaplain.  Steve is also the chaplain for the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.  Darleen is also very active in different ministries of the church such as the Women's Fellowship, Junior Church, Sunday School, Friendship Bible Coffees, and leading the local Good News Club.  
 

 

Steve and Darleen have three grown daughters, Brooke and her husband Matt, Andrea, and Bethany and her husband Max.  In 2010 God bless them with their first grandchild Julia, a beautiful little girl who brings much joy into their lives. On February 29th of 2012 God once again blessed Steve and Darleen with another beautiful granddaughter, Piper.    

 

   God continues to bless this ministry in different ways, with many opportunities for Steve and Darleen to be active in the church and the community.  

 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16 ESV)