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Professor Vita: Steven Brubaker

Steven E. Brubaker, Professor

Steven currently serves as Chief Vision Officer for the Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, PA.

Work Experience

Chief Vision Officer, (Interim Executive Director, Jl 2012 – Feb 2013) Water Street Ministries, Lanc., PA, March 2009 – present

  • Helped guide cultural change across the organization through vision-development/casting, facilitated discussion, training, etc.
  • Led numerous discussions/trainings in the community around issues of poverty, homelessness, effective ministry, etc.
  • Collaborated with a local ministerium to develop a mobile social worker model to partner with WSM and designed to help alleviate poverty in Southern Lancaster County
  • Resourced all departments within the organization regarding a healing environment, ministry issues, etc.
  • Aided various community and faith-based organizations in the development of vision and mission statements
  • Cultivated numerous community and church relationships for the purpose of partnership and toward raising awareness of poverty and homelessness in the community and church pew
  • Developed green papers on issues such as poverty and stewardship to guide organizational thinking/decision-making
  • Provided general oversight to the Human Resources Department

Director of Residential Programs, Water Street Rescue Mission (Now: Water Street Ministries), June 2002 – March 2009

  • Facilitated development of organization-wide statements on core values, philosophies of ministry and rescue
  • Wrote and facilitated an Audit Matrix Protocol to assess and align core values organization-wide
  • Supervised staff for women, children, and men’s ministry
  • Steered the move from rules-based to a grace-based program
  • Guided the move from a Bible-only perspective in counseling to a Bible-above, integrationist model
  • Integrated the Men’s and Women’s programs philosophically and practically
  • Collaborated with the community to help establish a Community Day Shelter, Church-based winter shelter and the PIT count
  • Served as interim director of the Lydia Center, a long-term program for women and children
  • Mentored interns from local colleges
  • Participated as a member of the core leadership team

Director of Education and Employment, City Rescue Mission, Jacksonville, FL, Feb 2000 – June 2002

  • Set-up and administered an adult learning center
  • Developed a follow-up program for adults as they transitioned out of the mission
  • Established a legal clinic with 15 attorneys in coordination with the Jacksonville Christian Legal Society
  • Developed internet curricula for homeless as supervisor of a Univ. of North Florida Student Nurses’ Practicum
  • Developed an Alumni Association and Mentoring protocol

Director of the Career & Life Learning Center, Water Street Rescue Mission, (Now: Water Street Ministries), Lancaster, PA, Jan 1996 – Feb 2000

  • Facilitated academic testing/assessment
  • Cultivated a cadre of sixty local employers willing to engage with WSRM job seekers
  • Initiated a mentoring program
  • Established career training for potential employees and relationships with local employers
  • Oversaw the learning and career center staff

Minister of Community Outreach, Grace E. C. Church, Lancaster, PA, Jan 1987 – Oct 1995

  • Created programs for outreach and discipleship for men, women, and children in a multicultural neighborhood
  • Wrote monthly newsletter for 550 neighbors, agency, and government officials
  • Collaborated with other agencies/churches by receiving referrals from State & Local Probation and the DJ’s office
  • Set-up and facilitated Hope for Recovery, a support group for addictions/abuse
  • Taught seminars, studies, and retreats at both the congregational and community level

Client/Family Advocate, Mental Health Association of Lancaster County, Lancaster, PA, July 1987 – July 1989

  • Performed advocacy duties for chronic mentally ill clients
  • Wrote quarterly newsletter for Parents of SED children
  • Initiated and facilitated support groups for PMS, Parents of SED kids, and manic depression
  • Served on the State Mental Health Association hospital monitoring project
  • Regularly visited state and local MH hospitals and agencies for the purposes of MH systems’ advocacy

Training and Leadership Experience

  • Advisory Council Member, Lancaster County Children and Youth, October 2012 - present
  • Advisory Board Member, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, July 2012 - present
  • Board Member, Love Inc., Lancaster, PA, January 2012 - present
  • Presenter, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Eastern Regional Training Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2011
    • ‘Vision-Driven Ministry’
  • Co-Presenter, with Scooter Haase, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, San Diego, CA, May 2011
    • ‘Vision-Driven Ministry’
  • Member, Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation/CASE, Lancaster County Commissioner’s Office, Spring 2011 – present
  • Member, McKinney-Vento, Continuum of Care HUD funding allocation panel, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
  • Presenter, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, St. Charles, IL, May 2010
    • Connecting with the Local Church
  • Advisory Council, Non-Profit Resource Network at Millersville University, Fall 2009 – present
  • Senior Consultant, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Colorado Springs, CO, May 2009 – January 2012
  • Co-Presenter, with Jere Shertzer, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Denver, CO, May 2009
    • Developing a Culture of Christ-likeness at the Rescue Mission
  • Member, Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness, PR/Communications Action Team, April 2009 – April 2010
  • Member, Community Development Block Grant Allocation Panel, Spring 2007, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
  • Member, Community Homeless Outreach Center Operations Committee, 2007 - 2008
  • Participant, National Recovery Initiative Research Project, October 2006 – October 2008
  • Co-Presenter, with Jere Shertzer, Eastern Regional Training Conference, AGRM, Asheville, NC, September, 2006
    • ‘Changing The Culture of the Mission’
    • ‘Ministry to Homeless in a Post-Christian World’
  • Presenter, City Rescue Mission, Jacksonville, FL, July 2006
    • ‘Setting the Stage for Grace-based Programming’
  • Presenter, Eastern Regional Training Conference, AGRM, Schroon Lake, NY, 2004
    • ‘How to Build and Grow a Great Staff’
  • Member, Lancaster County Re-Entry Management Council, 2005 – 2012
    • Executive Committee at-large member
  • Member, Lancaster Interagency Council for the Homeless, Lancaster, PA, 2004 – 2009
    • Co-Chair, Outreach Committee (2005 – 2007)
  • Advisory Board Member, Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Lancaster, PA, Spring 2004 – 2009
    • Chair, 2009
  • Member, Homeless Student Task Force, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, 2002 - 2007
  • Internet Course Instructor, Rescue College/City Vision University, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Kansas City, MO, 2000 – present
    • ‘Human Resource Management’
    • ‘Counseling Foundations’
    • ‘Theology and Strategy of Urban Mission’
  • Chairperson, The Education and Employment Track, International Union of Gospel Missions, Kansas City, MO, 1998 – 1999
  • Presenter, Eastern Regional Training Conference, IUGM, Schroon Lake, NY, 1999
    • ‘Impacting the Community Through Education and Employment’
  • Instructor, Adult Evening Institute, Lancaster Bible College, Spring 1996 – 2000
    • Courses Taught: Philippians, The Holy Spirit and Self-esteem, Sexuality through the lens of Scripture, The Compassion of Christ, Apologetics and Cults
  • Parent/Grandparent Instructor, Urban League of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, 1991 – 1995
    • Courses Taught: Healthy Relationships, Communication Skills, Self-respect, Responsibility
  • Board Member, Mental Health Association of Lancaster County, Lancaster, PA, 1990 – 1995
    • Chair, Advocate Advisory Committee
    • Board Secretary, 1991 – 1994
  • Advisory Board, Bethany Christian Services, Lancaster, PA, 1989 – 1996
    • Board Chair, 1993 – 1995
  • Trainer, Rape Aid and Prevention, Lancaster, PA, 1988 – 1989
    • ‘Mental Health System Overview’
  • Advisor, State Mental Health Hospital Monitoring Project, Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania, 1988 – 1989

Community Experience

  • Parent Advisory Committee, Warwick Middle School, Lititz, PA, 2003 – 2004
  • Chapel Speaker, Reading Phillies, 1996 – 1998
  • Football Assistant Coach, Stevens State (JC) School of Technology, Lancaster, PA, 1996
  • AIDS Prevention Coalition, Lancaster, PA, 1992 – 1993
  • Member, Strategic Plan Action Team for Staff Development, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, 1991
  • Trainer/Speaker, United Way, 1987 – 1989
  • Short-term Missionary in Kenya, East Africa, Africa Inland Mission, NY, Summer 1986
  • Board Member and Small Group Leader, Arch Street Center, Lancaster, PA, 1985 – 1991
  • Counselor and Small Group Leader, Genesis Ministries, Hershey, PA, 1982 – 1983
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers, Lancaster, PA, 1978 - 1984


M. Ed. in Counselor Education, Millersville University of PA
B.S. In Bible with a professional emphasis in Christian Education, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA

Evangelical Theological Seminary, Myerstown, PA
Courses: Marital and Family Therapy, Missions Across Cultures, Biblical Archaeology

CEU's in Psychopharmacology, Mood Disorders, Black Mental Health Issues, Psychodrama, Managing Change, Working With the Young Adult Chronic Patient, Learning Disabilities, Addiction and Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Hispanic Culture, Play Therapy for Abused Children, Evaluating and Treating Sexually Abused Children, Possibility Therapy with Adults Who Were Sexually Abused

Member: Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, Lititz, PA