Petersen, Steve & Gay


Steve (from Denver, Colorado) heard the Lord’s call to missions when he was just 12 years old and first served on a Teen Missions team to the Virgin Islands in 1979 when he was 15. After graduating in 1984 from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, Steve joined Teen Missions and served that first year as an assistant coordinator at the Brazil overseas Boot Camp. Since then, Steve has served in overseas Boot Camps in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, the Philippines, Jordan, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Russia. Steve now serves at the TMI headquarters with video, computer, and website related development. He enjoys serving as an instructor at Florida Free BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center teaching Synthesis, Personal Evangelism & Revelation/Daniel.

Gay (from Shreveport, Louisiana) graduated from Louisiana State University in 1994 with a master’s degree in Education and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She was a popular Second-grade teacher who served three summers as a volunteer leader to South Africa, Hungary, and Malawi from 1990-1992. Never to be the same again, she worked to pay off her college debts and came on full-time staff in 1995.

Steve was known as the President of the “Bachelors to the Rapture”. But nothing is impossible with God, and after a bout in the hospital with malaria, Steve felt a peace from the Lord and he asked Gay to marry him (she said yes) while on a flight to the Philippines. The Petersens were married on Sept 2, 2000, and are blessed with two children–Timothy (who was born in November of 2001) and Faith (who was born in January 2005). Gay home-schools both children.

Gay serves as a weekend cook at the Teen Missions’ Retreat Center, proofs TMI publications, and teaches when time permits at Florida Free. During the summer months, Gay serves as the coordinator for the Peanut Kids Camp (7-9 year olds) and travels with Steve as a summer team leader.

During spare moments, Steve enjoys family outings, yard work, reading and anything to do with the computer.  Gay enjoys cutting coupons (save, save, save), cycling with the family, reading, cooking, nesting around the house and corresponding with friends and family.

Prayer Requests

  • For wisdom as we raise Timothy and Faith
  • That the anointing of the Holy Spirit would be present in our devotional life and in our ministry with US teens and national teens overseas
  • That our words and actions would be a salt and light bringing others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ

Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; His love endures forever.

Jeremiah 33:11


  • Steve – April 19
  • Gay – July 17
  • Timothy – November 21
  • Faith – January 6


  • September 2, 2000

Missionary News

  • Steve & Gay Petersen Newsletter (Spring 2018) May 9, 2018 DEAR FRIENDS & FAMILY, MINISTRY UPDATE Teen Missions is establishing a new base location in Ecuador and the first Boot Camp held on the new location was just completed! Here’s a link with video of this Boot Camp (in Spanish). In Zambia, an entire unreached region in the north is opening up and a new Bible, Missionary & Work Training Center and MSSM (motorcycle circuits) are planned. We also praise the Lord for changed lives and souls won during the spring Boot ...
  • Steve & Gay Petersen Newsletter (Winter 2018) February 13, 2018 Dear Family & Friends, Winter Ministry We jumped right into work following our trip to New Mexico. Gay reorganized the school schedule and began a new year at ‘Petersen Academy’. I began teaching Minor Prophets for the Fall term at Florida Free BMW.  In November, we attended the 50th Anniversary celebration of my sending church in Denver, Colorado. Before our arrival, we learned that our head pastor Tim Theisen has gone to be with Jesus. We had a sweet celebration of his ...
  • Steve & Gay Petersen Newsletter (Fall 2017) October 6, 2017 Dear Family and Friends, This letter comes to you from a family that is grateful for the Lord’s protection, provision and promises! WHAT’S UP IN FLORIDA? Hurricane Irma caused a good bit of concern as we boarded up Teen Missions (TMI) in addition to our own housing (a mobile home). We weathered the storm in the Display Room at Teen Missions since it has a concrete ceiling. I (Steve) moved all of the ministry computers into a safer part of the building as ...
  • Steve & Gay Petersen Newsletter (Spring 2017) May 30, 2017 Dear Family and Friends, There are many ups and downs in the Lord’s harvest, but we are grateful for a God who promises that He loves us unconditionally and promises to never leave us or forsake us! WHAT’S UP IN FLORIDA? Well, for one, most of the Big Top tents and the Obstacle Course are now up, as we prepare for the summer Boot Camp. On May 6th, we hosted our 3rd annual AIDS Orphans  Mud Run, a 5k course. Over 570 runners ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Winter 2017) February 16, 2017 The Petersens…In His Harvest Dear Family and Friends, We are so thankful for all of the faithful prayers and support that allow us the opportunity to work in God’s harvest around the world. While world news might seem chaotic, our God is sovereign and continues to empower His Church to boldly share the Good News to every nation. BOOT CAMPS AROUND THE WORLD We have Boot Camps continually running overseas in different countries every month of the year. Over the holidays we had Boot ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Fall 2016) November 9, 2016 The Petersens... IN His Harvest Dear Family & Friends, The Navajo Nation stretches over 350 miles across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. By land area, it would be the sixth largest state in the USA. As a sovereign nation, the Navajo have their own executive, legislative and judicial branches just like the federal government. They have their own police force and elections. During the late 1800s and into the 1900s there was a thrust of missionary work among the Navajo and many ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Spring 2016) May 18, 2016 Dear Family & Friends,MISS JOY TURNERGay’s mom (Grandma to our kids), Joy Turner went to be with Jesus on December 20. She’d been in declining health for some time and now has no more trouble breathing, hearing or moving around. She will be remembered for her loving care of her family, raising four awesome children (Steve’s words 🙂 and for never meeting a stranger. Gay always said her Mom’s middle name was ‘GO’ as she always wanted to be where ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Fall 2015) November 18, 2015 Dear Family and Friends,This year marked the 14th summer that Gay coordinated the Peanut Boot Camp. The 7-9 year ­olds learned, even at their young age, that they could serve the Lord. For First and Second Teen Boot Camps she taught the Phonics Classes (used for teaching English as a second language to younger kids). I again taught Advanced Evangelism, special well drilling training, ran sound in the Big Top and shared on some nights as an evening rally speaker. ...
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