Instructor Highlight: Chris Stepien

There are precious few mentions of Jesus in the Bible that involve his childhood. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can learn from imagining what the child Jesus would have been like. Chris Stepien, author of Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah, has consulted stepienScripture, commentaries, and other authorities to piece together what life for the pre-teen Jesus would have been like.

As a journalist, in fact, Chris Stepien has spent his career asking tough questions and telling intriguing stories. His Amazon author profile tells the story:

He’s worked as a television producer-director and writer for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). From 1979 to 1987, while at WXYZ-TV, Detroit, he won six EMMY awards for documentaries, sports and celebrity specials, and children’s programming, as well as many other honors. Stepien left broadcasting to co-found Adventure, Inc., a successful Detroit-based video/film production company. He created award-winning communications for Fortune 500 companies like General Motors and Ford Motor Company for nearly nine years. Since 1996, Stepien has crafted marketing and advertising for global clients as writer-creative director and owner of Stepien Creative Services, Inc.

A lifelong metro Detroiter and Roman Catholic, Stepien attended parochial schools and was an altar boy. He and his wife, Ellen, have two adult sons, Alex and Mike. Chris and Ellen are Vincentians, active members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). Stepien, a former SVdP conference president, is currently spiritual advisor to a group of Vincentians in Dearborn, Michigan. Their core mission is to respond to the needs of poor families in the surrounding community, visit them in their homes, and provide financial assistance, guidance, friendship, and hope.

Bible studies, spiritual exercises, and praying the rosary inspired the author to write this novel about young, preteen Jesus. Stepien relied on his humble love of God and his passion for visual storytelling to help him shape this account of the boy Messiah, and His Passover pilgrimage. His experiences serving the needy and children of alcoholics were very influential, as well.

So if you’re yearning to know and understand Jesus this Easter season, consider our course, either as an individual or in a small group. We’re grateful to offer the research and talents of Chris — and of all of our gifted instructors — as we seek to shape disciples, transform hearts, and share the Good News.

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  1. Thank you for sharing our story about the boy Messiah, based on Luke 2:41-52! Now you can get a free copy of “Three Days” plus $5.95 shipping and handling at:

    At that same link, if you click “Order in Bulk!” you can buy 6 or more copies for only $3 each and shipping is free! Or if your church can order 500+ for only $2 each and shipping is free. All this is made possible thanks to the generous donors and supporters of Dynamic Catholic.

    May God bless you on your pilgrimage to the new Jerusalem. Shlama!

  2. What’s the story behind the story of the novel, “Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah?” Join us for an author talk at St. Kateri Catholic Church in Dearborn, MI, This Sunday, April 4 at 1 p.m. St. Kateri has a beautiful new “Resurrection Hall” with stained glass scenes and murals, including “The Creation” in glass. It’s located at: 16101 Rotunda Drive, Dearborn. Admission is free. Free will offering appreciated. For more info call: 313.336.3227

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