The Words of the Steinbronn Family
"Wizard of Oz" from childhood, "Good Will Hunting" from adulthood.
Most admired person
True Parents, my family….
Biggest influence in my life:
Reading, football, traveling . . .
"Heaven is not what we are given, but what we must make."
Nicest place visited:
Because it is amazingly beautiful, the people are warm and friendly, there are wonderful snorkeling opportunities and everywhere you look seems to be a postcard.
How did you come to your faith?
Rather slowly. I was a Roman Catholic but a bit disillusioned about the church. My cousin Jim joined the church in NYC (my hometown) and was with Sunburst the band. Their home church area was my neighborhood and they were everywhere I went it seemed. I stayed negative for a year or so and gave them a very hard time. Later I met two Oakland Church members on the streets of NY. I was slightly more open to them. I wanted to understand and have love in my life but realized I did not understand love. That is what made me a little open to hearing Dr. Durst give an introduction lecture at an evening program at 43rd St. The rest is history. I found a lot of what I was looking for in the Divine Principle, the family spirit of the Oakland church and the life of True Parents.
What legacy would you like to leave?
I want God, my family, whoever to know I tried hard at life. I have invested a lot in my children and believe they are great people, will do great things and be my living legacy when I am long gone.
What do most people not know about you that may be a surprise?
That I am a bit shy. I have a harder time than people would imagine meeting new people and public speaking.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I plan to be happy, to have a great family hopefully with grandkids and to still be doing something that I feel is meaningful and purposeful.
If you were suddenly given $1m what would you do with it?
I would take my family and some close friends on a great vacation to Europe and the Caribbean, buy a house, set up a scholarship fund for needy children and…..
What do you like most about BAFC [Bay Area Family Church]?
I like that we have a real community. Many of my friends in other places do not feel that. We have a very diverse, mixed community. There is something for everyone. We also have a relatable, practical pastor that I really appreciate.
What suggestion do you have for improvement?
I think that we all need to feel we are elders. Always the same few people seem to have/take that position. More family/parenting/marriage education and support for all 1st and 2nd gen.