Beth Ann grew up outside of Philadelphia, the youngest of four girls. She was a singer and cheerleader in high school and upon entering Geneva College to study Public Relations, she dropped the cheering from her resume but kept up the singing. During her four years on campus, she sang and performed in three different choirs and groups.
Tom was born and raised in Cincinnati, the youngest to one older sister. In high school he was active in speech and debate, which led him to major in Broadcasting and Pre-Min at Geneva. Aside from all the school work, Tom spent his college career involved in the campus radio station, speech and debate, and acting in various plays.
Although their paths may have crossed many times on Geneva’s small campus, it wasn’t until Tom was a senior and Beth Ann a sophomore that a friendship began. They had met a few times through mutual friends, but it wasn’t until while on a double date – with other people – that they really got to know each other. A few months went by with a friendship building between the two and after Tom graduated Geneva and began working at WBVP radio station in Beaver County they officially became a couple. Two years later they exchanged vows and formally became “Mr. & Mrs. Stein.”
Their first of many moves took them to St. Louis where Tom spent three years at Covenant Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, the pair moved to Bloomington, IN, where Tom enrolled in the Ph.D. program for Journalism at Indiana University (IU). (He later graduated with his Master’s of Arts in Journalism.) During this time, Beth Ann worked in Public Relations and Continuing Education for an eye specialist group. “It was such a great job. They gave me an unlimited budget and a lot of freedom in developing programs,” she recalled.
Shortly after Tom graduated from IU, he worked in radio and patiently awaited his first pastoral job. In the meantime, they welcomed their first son into the world, Taylor, born in 1993. A year later, the family made a move to Minnesota to enjoy the beautiful winters and for Tom to take the job of Pastor at Parkwood Church (PCA). With a small congregation of approximately 100, Tom did it all from preaching Sunday mornings to shoveling the sidewalks clear of the many, many snowfalls. While in Minnesota, the couple welcomed their second and third children – Andrew, born in 1996, and Emily, born in 1999.
When Emily was just three months old, the family made yet another move to Richmond, IN (approximately an hour from Tom’s hometown of Cincinnati), where Tom became the Senior Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA). It was in Richmond that the Stein family had a chance to lay some roots. Their children spent a majority of the school years in the city and Taylor graduated from high school while living there. Shortly after Taylor was accepted at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, the Stein’s decided to make their most latest move to Beaver County. The move to PA was prompted by Tom accepting the position of Director of Alumni Relations at Geneva College. They found Chapel through the PCA website and he joined the staff two years later in 2013 as the Assistant Pastor. Tom continues to work at Geneva, teaching in the Adult Degree Program and Beth Ann is currently employed at the college as well as an Administrative Assistant in the Graduate Counseling Program.
Taylor is currently a junior at Grove City College, studying Entrepreneurship and working as a Resident Assistant and with the Admissions Office. Andrew is in his senior year at Central Valley High School where he stays busy on the cross country and track team. He hopes to continue his education at either Grove City or Geneva next fall. Emily is a sophomore at Central Valley and plays percussion in the concert and marching bands for the high school. In addition to their three wonderful kids, the Stein’s share their home with a 10-year old Golden Retriever named Sydney and a 2-year old cat named Crosby. (notice the nice Pittsburgh sports reference?)
“We plan on being here in Beaver County as long as God wants us here,” said Tom. For us at Chapel, we hope that’s a long time.