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April 22, 2012
Rev. Stephen M. Sanden was called to be
Pastor of the Penn Yan First Baptist Church


Rev. Stephen Sanden and his wife Karen come to us from Palm Coast, Florida. However, Steven is a native of Warren, Pennsylvania, and Karen is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. They have lived in Florida for six years and are ready to leave Florida in favor of a northern climate.

Rev. Sanden earned his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1999. He was ordained as an American Baptist minister in 2000.

Rev. Sanden has served as Pastor of Baptist Churches at Warren, Pennsylvania and Kingston, Massachusetts. He was also Interim Music Minister at Bunnell, Florida. Most recently, Rev. Sanden has been Senior Chaplain at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution at Okeechobee, Florida. His duties included a wide variety of organizational and administrative tasks, as well as spiritual counsel and crisis support for both inmates and staff.

Before his ordination, Rev. Sanden served as Minister/Director of Youth, sang in the choir, (He has a fine voice) taught Sunday School, led worship services and led community programs at the Baptist Church of All Nations, an ABC congregation in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Rev. Sanden's earlier experience includes service in the United States Army. He was a musician in the U.S. Army band, where he played trumpet. He also played professionally following his military service.

(Note: Sanden is pronounced San-deen)

Karen Sanden and Rev. Stephen Sanden
Photos by Lyle Conrad - April 22, 2012