Staff & Faculty BIO

Kelly Steffen

Program Director for Pastoral and Youth Ministries
403.443.5511 ext 441


  • BA Religious Studies, Augustana University College
  • Diploma in Missiology (honors), Canadian Theological Seminary
  • MA in Religious Education (honors), Canadian Theological Seminary
  • Doctor of Ministry student at Kairos University

My Employment Background

Before going into pastoral ministry, I worked as the Operational Commissioner and Team Leader for Material Management at the Sturgeon General Hospital in St. Albert. Returning to seminary, I completed my Master’s degree and embarked on my life call of ministry. Having pastored since the mid ninety’s in various denominations, I felt a call to educational ministry. This call to educational ministry brought me to Prairie in 2007.

My Passions

My three primary passions are Jesus Christ, my family, and God’s mission. I came to Jesus Christ at age twelve and have been growing more and more in love with Christ every day. My second passion is my family. I have been married for over twenty six and have three beautiful children. My third passion is equipping the next generation to become passionate followers of Jesus Christ. I have a few more secondary passions but these are core.

My Involvement at Prairie and in the Community

I currently serve as the Program Director of Prairie’s Pastoral and Youth Programs. Other passions include: serving in my home church in Linden, consulting with churches, speaking at churches, camps, discipleship training events, and enjoying many coffee shops.

Why I Love Prairie

I love Prairie because of its DNA of being Christ-Centred, Bible-Based, Discipleship-Directed and Mission-Mandated. Prairie has a rich integration of academics and spiritual formation.

What I Enjoy About My Job

My job is a life calling—I exist to equip emerging missional leaders for the world’s greatest need. Every day I get to work, I don’t think of it as a job but fulfilling my God-given potential and calling. My biggest joy is seeing students discipled and being sent out to live their calling.

Courses I Teach

CM 464/468 Pastoral/Youth Ministry Internship
PA 103 Leadership Coaching
PA 151/161 Introduction to Youth/Pastoral Ministry
PA 211 Passionate Teaching & Preaching
PA 372 Missional Leadership
PA 480/YO 460 Topics in Pastoral/Youth Ministry
YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods
YO 314 Youth Communications
YO 346 Exploring Styles and Philosophies of Youth Ministry