Pastors & Staff
Steve was born to a second generation Polish Catholic family and grew up in Lincroft, N.J., the middle of seven children. In high school, Steve tried marijuana when a friend offered it to him. That decision began what Steve describes as “a downward pattern of life.”
Steve’s high school art teacher convinced him to attend an outdoor gathering of Christian speakers and musicians in Mercer, Pa. At that conference, Steve responded to the message that he could know God personally. Later that week, he was baptized in a muddy cow pond. Steve recalls, “I remember vividly going into the water not aware that I was dirty, but coming out feeling amazingly clean and new. And that was only the beginning!”
In 1980, Steve and his wife to be Yvonne left New Hampshire in their junior year of college to move to Maryland and be part of “Covenant Life Christian Community.” Steve soon graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in biology and went on to a 30 year career with Pepperidge Farm. He recently retired from his position as Director of Retail Operations for the Northeast region.
Steve and Yvonne married in 1982. Steve describes her as “not only my closest companion, lover, and friend, but the one with whom I most effectively minister.” The Wyzgas reside in Gaithersburg and have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Steve has served in many contexts at Covenant Life Church. Steve and Yvonne have led care groups over several decades, and they serve in the counseling ministry. Steve has also served in Parking Crew, Christian Service Brigade (CSB), the Prayer Team, the 10:31 Ministry, Mexico mission trips, and Discovery Land. Steve reflects, “I have long believed there are two things eternal: the Word and people. Wherever I can be involved with both, whether care group, counseling, prayer, CSB, I am fulfilled, although it is the teaching and exegeting of Scripture that is my greatest joy.”
As Steve looks forward to serving Covenant Life Church as a non-staff elder, he writes, “We left New Hampshire in 1980 to give our lives to God meeting people in this area through this church. I have strong faith that God has wonderful chapters still to be written for us all.”