International Leadership Team
In the early 1980s, at the height of the European punk rock movement, David Pierce started a Bible study on a barge (called Steiger 14) behind Central Station in Amsterdam, Holland reaching disenfranchised young people of that city. It was there that David started a band called "No Longer Music" (NLM) to use as a tool to communicate the Gospel of Jesus to these young people who would never step foot into a church.
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Jodi is the co-founder of Steiger. In addition to her international leadership responsibilities, Jodi leads the Steiger Missions School in Krögis, Germany - a school that provides students from all over the world with the strong spiritual and practical foundations necessary for a lifetime of missionary service.
Jodi, along with her husband David, raised two children on the edge of the red-light district in Amsterdam. In her book "Something Broken, Something Extraordinary", Jodi talks about her decision to leave the familiarity of home and follow God and about the extraordinary life to which that led. Although her life was not without difficulty, Jodi describes her journey with God as the richest life imaginable.
Aaron Pierce has served as the Steiger’s Executive Director since 2014. As the oldest son of David and Jodi Pierce, he grew up in the center of Amsterdam, where he saw first-hand the transformational power of God in the lives of many lost and hopeless people. After graduation from Bethel University (St. Paul), Aaron served as a full-time member of Steiger’s band “No Longer Music” from 2005 - 2011 - preaching the Gospel all over the world.
Aaron also served as Steiger's Director of Development and International Strategy from 2008 to 2014. Today, Aaron oversees Steiger’s strategic direction, continues to participate in evangelistic tours around the world, teaches at Steiger training events, develops new ministry partnerships and more. Aaron and his wife Jennifer live with their children, Asher, Selah & Hudson, in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Luke is the Director of Steiger Europe and International Training. He has been a missionary with Steiger since 2002 and served the mission in many ways in several regions of the world. His passion is in evangelism and discipleship among alternative scenes of the global youth culture. Luke and his wife Ania and two children currently live in Wrocław, Poland.
Previously, Luke worked with Steiger Brazil guiding a Brazilian version of No Longer Music and a movement of evangelistic art and music events called Manifeste. His vision for Steiger in Europe is to see Jesus proclaimed to young people all over the continent, and to establish dynamic missionary teams reaching the global youth culture and developing long-term presence through ongoing discipleship and local church partnership in every key urban centre. In addition to such projects, as the director of international training, Luke is responsible for the direction and development of the Steiger Missions School in Krögis, Germany.
Ben Pierce is the Director of Come&Live! and is the younger son of David and Jodi Pierce. Come&Live!’s vision is to create a worldwide mission community that will provoke and inspire Christian artists to use their God-given creativity to revolutionize the world for Jesus. Ben works to ensure the artists receive teaching and training, and pastoral care, and also works on the creative process of sharing their stories to encourage other artists. Ben has been a member of Steiger’s founding band “No Longer Music” since 2007. Since that time, his responsibilities within the band have grown, and he now co-leads the team, especially in the areas of recruitment and development.
Kate Gilmor is the Director of Steiger’s International Office. She has a passion for supporting Steiger missionaries and ministries so the organization can become even more effective at reaching the lost. Since being exposed to Steiger in the mid 90's, Kate and her husband Bryce volunteered in different areas in Steiger until joining as full-time missionaries in 2007. Having a strong business background, Kate has helped run Steiger's International Office.
Sandro Baggio is the Director of Steiger Brazil and is an elder and the pastor of a church called Projeto 242, which partnered with Steiger in 2001. He and his wife, Mara, and two kids serve the Lord in the concrete jungle of São Paulo, a city of 20 million people. Sandro leads a church that is passionate about reaching into their community using the arts and serving in practical ways. He and his team organize evangelistic outreaches in the form of workshops, parties, music concerts and camps. They also reach out to people who live on the streets and share Christ's love through caring for practical needs. The Steiger Brazil team that Sandro directs organizes seminars, bible studies, concerts, compact schools, and conferences for reaching, disciplining and training the global youth in Brazil. The Steiger Brazil team, with Sandro, also serve as a point of contact and as collaborative support for Steiger missionaries in other areas in South America as Steiger’s presence for reaching the global youth culture expands in that region of the world.
Angela is the leader of Steiger Ukraine. She is responsible for helping to reach and disciple the global youth culture in the Russian-speaking world and serves as the main point of contact there. Angela has successfully organized several Steiger Conferences, speaking events, compact mission schools, and has helped recruited several Ukrainian students to the main Steiger Missions School in Krögis, Germany. Angela and her husband Denis have been ministering to young people since 1998. Angela was a youth pastor for many years, teaching in Bible schools, while Denis was a leader of an evangelistic band "For Christ," and took part in many concerts. In 2007, they started the National Youth Conference "Times of Refreshing," which became a well known in Ukraine. In 2010, David Pierce was invited as a speaker. Since then, Angela and Denis have been working closely with Steiger from Ukraine.
Lukas is the leader of Steiger Middle East. He and his wife Denise have lived with their kids in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, since 2012. In partnership with a Lebanese studio Lukas works in the production of creative evangelistic short movies and they have set up a social media ministry through which they reach the whole Arab world with the gospel.
Lukas also runs weekly Bible studies in Caribou Café Beirut and his vision is to see a new movement of Jesus followers rising among Middle Eastern youth.
Jon is an entrepreneurial leader who built and led a product development company for 15 years. He left the marketplace to serve as Executive Pastor of Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN, his home church for 28 years. He served there for nearly a decade before being called to serve with Steiger.
He enjoys developing and mentoring the next generation and is always on the lookout for ways to build people and teams more effectively. With the gifts of ideation and execution, Jon always seeks to extend the limits of what is possible.
Jon and his wife, Julie, have three daughters, one son-in-law and three grandsons. Jon and Julie also invested 20 years in international orphan ministry, leading teams to serve orphan children in Ghana, Liberia, Myanmar and Ukraine.
Jon’s role with Steiger is to lead the International Center in Krögis, Germany, oversee missionary development and co-lead the Steiger Mission School along with his wife, Julie.