Dr. Felix-Jager’s journey to his dream job at Life Pacific College-University began when he graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Wales in 2014.
Dr. Esteban “Steven” Felix-Jager could not be more excited about his new role as director of the Worship Arts and Ministries (WAM) program at Life Pacific College.
“My three great interests in life have always been art, music, and theology,” Steven says. “I believe that my calling is to work at the crossroads of theology and the arts on both a theoretical and practical level.”
“We want our students to be highly skilled musicians and performers who can really foster the spiritual life of a congregation through multiple forms and styles of worship,”
He says that every church needs a strong, competent worship pastor and that Christian colleges are beginning to develop worship arts programs to serve the changing needs of those local churches.
Further, Steven believes the role of worship pastor has expanded tremendously in recent years. Young worship pastors need to be prepared as associate pastors that can oversee additional ministries in the church.
“We want our students to be highly skilled musicians and performers who can really foster the spiritual life of a congregation through multiple forms and styles of worship,” Steven says. “We want them to be technically proficient with the latest technologies and trends within and around the contemporary worship scene.”
Beyond the skills of worship and the arts, Steven says Life Pacific prepares students to be theologically equipped. “Our graduates will know how to apply practical spiritual counsel and exposition from the stage and off the stage in the lives of the congregants they serve,” he says.
Most of all, Steven contends for students who “know what shepherding means in contemporary society. We want them to lead Spirit-filled lives and to help them nurture their flocks spiritually.”
“When I was filled with the Holy Spirit, I knew I was called to the ministry, although it took a few years for me to fully understand the call God had on my life,” Steven says.
Born in Germany to a Puerto Rican father and German mother, Steven received Christ at age six and was baptized in water when he was 14. The family served as missionaries in Germany and Romania before assuming the pastorate of a congregation in Florida.
Steven recalls how his relationship with Christ deepened after he was baptized with the Holy Spirit at 15. “When I was filled with the Holy Spirit, I knew I was called to the ministry, although it took a few years for me to fully understand the call God had on my life,” he says.
As an artist Steven has exhibited his art throughout the U.S. He has written songs, toured with bands, led worship, and has written books and articles on theology, art, worship, music, and aesthetics.
Steven first heard of Life Pacific when it was announced as the venue for the Society for Pentecostal Studies annual meeting in 2016. “I am particularly interested in how Pentecostals approach and engage the arts in worship and the broader culture,” he says. He liked what he saw at Life Pacific and dreamed of one day working in San Dimas as part of the faculty.
Since 2010, Steven has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Southeastern University, Polk State College, and Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He worked as a high school art and media arts teacher in public and private schools. For more than a decade, Steven also served in local churches as worship pastor and director of youth and college ministries.
“Let’s band together to raise talented, faithful, and passionate leaders to send out into the world,” Steven says.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales and MFA from Azusa Pacific University. In 2017, Steven and his wife Connie took a leap of faith and moved to Southern California. Their prayer was for God to open up a teaching position at a college or university that would “be a great fit for my particular strengths and academic interests,” according to Steven.
“With the WAM chair position, LPC has afforded me the opportunity to train young Christians to be awesome worship leaders, and to continually explore my interests and work within my life calling,” Steven says. “Please keep the program in your prayers.”
Steven invites participation from the entire Life Pacific community to make the Worship Arts and Ministry program the best it can be. “Let’s band together to raise talented, faithful, and passionate leaders to send out into the world,” he says.
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