Steven Castello

City on a Hill Church,
Lead Church Planter
City on a Hill Church
September 7
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About My Family

I grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and attended Samford University. After spending two summers in Alaska through the North American Mission Board's summer missions program, I moved to Alaska where I took a ministry position. There I met Amy, and we married in 2005. We are parents to four great daughters (Lily, Addisyn, Karis and Amelie).

After spending nine years in Birmingham, planting and pastoring a church, we moved to Boston to plant a life-giving church as part of the Send Boston team.

About My Church Plant

We moved to Boston in July 2018, and I began a church planting residency with City on a Hill Church. Through this residency and Send Network training, the Lord led us to plant a church in the Jamaica Plan Neighborhood of Boston, near the Forest Hills train station. Four Boston neighborhoods converge here.

There are more than 25,000 people within walking distance of Forest Hills and the area continues to grow with numerous housing developments bringing thousands of new residents over the next few years. The neighborhood is a mix of old Boston, immigrants and young urban professionals. Our vision is to bridge these different people groups so people from every culture will follow Jesus as King for the good of Boston!

NAMB Church Planting

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For deeper relationships to form with friends and neighbors that lead to gospel conversations. For receptive hearts among the people in Jamaica Plain. For launch team members as they look for jobs that would allow them to relocate to Boston. For church partners to send missions teams to help us better serve the community.


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