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

  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Spring 2016) May 18, 2016 IMG_3815Dear 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 IMG_2387Dear 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. ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Spring 2015) June 3, 2015 FullSizeRendergDear Family and Friends,It can be discouraging to see the moral decline in our country and the horrific devastation in global conflicts. Please know however that our God is indeed on the throne. Great doors for ministry are wide open. Hundreds of young people around the world at our Bible Schools are currently in training to enter the harvest fields and thousands  of teens are being sent out, with great effect on short term trips at our Boot Camps in ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Winter 2015) February 16, 2015 10926790_10153026613086285_2388879109281929839_o (1) Dear Family and Friends, Praise the Lord for many changed lives over the past few months. I (Steve) went ‘on the road’ with the Winter Jam tour for the month of January. During devotions on the day I was to leave from Nashville on the bus, I’d asked the Lord for an opportunity to share the Gospel and then went about my day, not remembering my prayer. In the evening, I stopped to get some supper at a fast food restaurant ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Fall 2014) October 29, 2014 IMG_1678Dear Family and Friends,               TEAMS TRAINED, COMMISSIONED AND WENT TO 25 COUNTRIES THIS SUMMER Gay once more served as the Peanut Boot Camp Coordinator this summer. The 7-9 year-olds learned how, even at their young age, they could serve the Lord. Afterwards, she taught the teen phonics classes (used for teaching English as a second language to younger kids). I again taught Advanced Evangelism, special well drilling training (2nd Boot Camp), ran sound in the ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Spring 2014) May 7, 2014 IMG_1192 Dear Family and Friends, SUMMER PREPARATIONS IN FULL SWING The Big Tops have gone up and summer preparations are in full swing. Two life-sized replicas of the Old Testament Tabernacle are to be setup in May (one in Indianapolis, Indiana and one in Youngstown, Ohio). Each display presents the Gospel showing how Jesus Christ is represented in each part of the tabernacle design. I am scheduled to help on the crew headed to Indianapolis. Our staff have also begun our annual 40 ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Winter 2014) March 18, 2014 2014 Petersen Dear Family & Friends,  THANKFUL What a blessing and privilege to have the calling, provision and health to serve the Lord full time. This past Christmas season offered us an opportunity to reflect on God’s goodness. Our family was blessed to be able to celebrate Christmas together (a RARE event...only the second time in almost 30 years) with Mom and Dad home from Zambia. We treasured every opportunity to talk, play games, attend Christmas events and of course… eat. I used some ...
  • Petersen, Steve & Gay (Fall 2013) October 16, 2013 IMG_1013 Dear Family and Friends,   Changes at Boot Camp…  It had never happened before in my 30 consecutive summers at the Lord’s Boot Camp. Our team hosted the Indonesia team while the arrival of their head leaders was delayed in Canada. Sometimes we don’t like the idea of change and I wasn’t sure how the two teams would do so close together but we complimented each other nicely and truly enjoyed each other’s company. “All things work together for good to them ...
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