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Biblical, battle-tested, real-life help for "living by faith in the Son of God" (Galatians 2:20). — Steve Fuller

Who — Introducing Me

SDF 02I’m Steve Fuller.

I am a sinner who by faith in Christ alone has been forgiven of all my sins, clothed with Jesus’ perfect righteousness, and brought into the heart-satisfying joy of knowing God.

I am married to Jan — 37 years of amazing love and friendship and joy in Christ.

I am father to two gifted, loving, and fun children — Anna (29) and Brad (27).

I am lead pastor of Grace Church Abu Dhabi.

I love anything involving surfboards and the ocean, as well as riding my mountain bike.

Some of my spiritual mentors are:

My father (Daniel Fuller), who models painstaking devotion to the text of Scripture, and who fights the fight of faith daily.

My mother (Ruth Fuller): every morning during my high school years I saw her sitting at the kitchen table praying and reading God’s Word.

John Piper, whose (1980’s) article “Holy Hedonism” showed that feelings for God were essential, and gave me concrete steps that God has used again and again to change my heart.

Jonathan Edwards, whose God-centered thinking and feeling strengthens, challenges, humbles, and encourages me.

John Wesley, who had a vision for church as Christ-centered communities devoted to strengthening each other in faith and advancing the Gospel together.

If you are interested in having me speak at your church or conference, you can hear samples of my speaking here.

I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a reply below — or send me an email —

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29 Responses

  1. Jerry Shipp says:

    Love all of the info. Thank you for sharing your walk.

  2. Pamela Nees says:

    Steve-found you via Justin Taylor’s blog. Pleased to meet you. Love reading about you and your work in San Jose. I have heard many great things about you. Happy to follow your blog!

    Blessings on you and your family in 2012!

    • Steve Fuller says:

      And may the Lord richly bless all of you in 2012 as well — I know Dave and Kate are looking forward to their visit next week.

  3. Pamela Nees says:

    Hi Steve~
    Glad to meet you! I am here via Justin Taylor’s blog, and am happy to begin following yours as well. I have actually heard wonderful things about you and Mercy Hill Church via my son and his wife, who are part of your congregation.

    Blessings to you and your family this coming year!

    • Steve Fuller says:

      It’s good to meet you, Pamela. We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting Dave and Kate and their children, and look forward to more time together. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. sydneysider says:

    I’m from Australia and discovered your blog via Justin Taylor’s blog. It’s brilliant and I’ll be sure to add it to my personal list of blogs. You’re a blessing, mate! May the Lord bless you for blessing others. Kind thanks.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sydney. I really appreciate your encouragement — and may the Father pour His grace upon you today.

  5. Doug Boys says:


    Just found out about your blog from your dad. I read a few of the articles today and know that I’m going to be returning many times. I like your emphasis on living life by faith alone.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Great to hear from you, Doug. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your encouraging words. And I am so glad you like the emphasis on living life by faith alone. Onward!

  6. Terrie says:

    Enjoyed perusing your blog. Will be back to check it out further.

    God bless you in your ministry!

  7. Steve Fuller says:

    Thanks for the perusal, Terrie — and let’s fill cyberspace with Christ-centered, Bible-based, God-exalting posts!

  8. Anthony says:

    Seeing your comment on Linda’s blog made me want to check you out. I thought ti myself, “Self, go encourage this ‘new’ blogger.” Who was kidding who, brother? Good grief! Your humility almost had me convinced you were a beginner. Riiiggghht.

    God bless.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi Anthony —

      I love your blog title — The Recovering Legalist — perfect!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. And I definitely am a beginning blogger — going at it for 4 months. But I’m loving it, learning lots, and enjoying meeting other bloggers.

      I’m looking forward to checking out your blog — and learning more about recovering from legalism 🙂


      • Anthony says:

        Steve, since your email doesn’t work, this will have to suffice. Check out another blog I work on. It is Take a look at it. Pray about it. Let me know if you would like to contribute some “thoughts.”

        • Steve Fuller says:

          I’ll check out the blog, Anthony. Thanks for letting me know about it.

        • Steve Fuller says:

 looks like a helpful site. I’ve got no spare time to contribute now — but if an inspiration hits me, I will definitely let you know.

  9. Pst. Fred M. Ongaga says:

    “I am so excited I found your blog — it will be part of my daily devotions.” secondly, I would like to know more about your Ministry.Doctrinal statements,beliefs and any other issues you would like me know.

    I am married to Carolyn — 14 years of amazing love and friendship and joy in Christ.

    I am father to four wonderful children — Timothy (13), Simon 11, Caleb 8 and Trezer (22/12 months).

    I pastor a very young up coming church which my wife and I founded in the year 2011 as a home fellowship by then, but now it has over 35 adults membership and 38 Sunday school children.

    Do you have a branch of your ministry in Kenya-Africa?
    I would like to be part of your ministry here in Africa Kenya.Will share more later.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      I’m glad to meet you, Fred, and am humbled and thankful that this blog is encouraging you.

      Our church is affiliated with Acts 29, and you can learn more about them here.

      It sounds like your church planted in a way that was similar to ours.

      May the Lord bless you, your wife and children, and your ministry — all for the glory of Jesus.

  10. Deb says:

    Hi Steve just came across your blog in the middle of the night after a really trying day. I asked God for help and guidance and there you were. I read your blogs till the sun came up and your words, were so full of wisdom and comfort. God bless you and thank you for getting me through the dar

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hello Deb,

      I am so thankful that you found this blog comforting — and I very much appreciate you letting me know.

      Feel free to interact with — raise questions about — disagree with — whatever you read here. I want this to be as helpful as possible — and readers’ interactions helps that happen.

      In Christ,

      Steve Fuller

  11. ian greg says:

    God bless as all,,Thank you

  12. Thank you for your labors here, brother. Very refreshing and instructive. A great resource… I’ve been able to share it with others who likewise find it edifying.

    You are to be commended on your straight-forward and penetrating approach to how we “walk in the Spirit.” So lovely… grounded in the person and finished work of Christ!!!

    May the Lord continue enlightening the eyes of your heart and all those who utilize this blog (Eph.1.18).

    Yours in Christ!

  13. anon omous says:

    I’m so glad to have found this blog. I stumbled upon it searching for answers to one of many questions.

  14. Shay Malone says:

    Hi Steve,

    I host a small talk radio show. I’m doing a show on jealousy and ran across one of your blog posts on it. I’m interested in having you as a guest on my show.

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