Steve Dang is a graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv ’11), Azusa Pacific University (BA – Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries ’05) and working towards a Doctor of Ministry at Wheaton College. Steve and Kate met their senior year of high school and have been together since 2002 and married in 2008. Family dynamics changed when they added Evangeline (2012) and Felicity (2015). Kate has been a Registered Nurse since 2006 and Steve has been serving in various roles in ministry since 2005, but currently serves as the Campus Pastor and Chief Ministry Officer at Valley Christian Schools in San Jose, CA.
Ministry is their passion and calling. Together they walk alongside teens, emerging adults and newly married couples through mentorship, coaching, and pastoring. Steve is a regular guest speaker at various camps, schools, churches and parachurch organizations. Steve is passionate about pouring into emerging leaders and serves as a New Frontiers Mentor at Westmont College, YMI innovator and author through the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Seminary.
In October of 2013 their lives and even the content of this blog took a detour when Steve was diagnosed with a cancer-causing genetic mutation called CDH1 which will lead to a prophylactic total gastrectomy on March 6, 2014. Now a cancer survivor, he’s rebuilding his life to return to being a normal husband, father, pastor and going back to the things he loves doing: motorcycling and triathlons. Life is truly a journey and all we can really do is enjoy the ride. Thanks for coming along for the journey. You can read the first post along with FAQ’s here. Since then, this blog has been about telling our story and the story of God’s faithfulness throughout our journey. Steve is a contributing writer at The Mighty , ambassador for No Stomach for Cancer on the West Coast, and guest speaker for Cancer Care Point.
My local news stories can be seen here:
Telling a different story, to the world.
NBC Bay Area’s: “Bay Area Proud”
Kron4: Video Tale of a Triathlete with No Stomach
15 thoughts on “About”
Hi Steve. I’ve been enjoying your blog as I prepare physically and mentally for my total gastrectomy on August 18th at Stanford. I, too, have the CDH1 gene mutation, as does my older son. I so appreciate your sense of humor and honesty. Keep it up please. I also want to donate to your fund. Hopefully, one day, my grandchildren will have other options besides a TG.
I’ll be thinking about you on August 18th!!! You’ve got this!!! Is your surgery with Dr. Norton?
Thnks for sharing your story. Im making a inspirational collage of people who survive from total gastrectomy to show to my mom who had her TG last week. More power and God bless you and your family
You are welcome! Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is some other way I can help. I’m glad my blog has been helpful!
Hello Steve 🙂
I was really glad to know that a person like you existed.
I have found out about you a couple of days ago and since then i haven’t stopped reading your blogs.
I am the youngest in my family to be diagnosed with the CDH1
At first I almost gave up, but i am
Now learning more about it, i decided to have a full gastrictomy soon as i am planning for it.
I just want to say Thank you and God Bless You.
Hi Auli! First of all, I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, it’s a tough road, but life does go on! Thank you for reading, I hope that it’s helpful, and if there is anything I can ever do for you or you just need some one to hear you out, let me know! God bless you in your journey, we get through it together!
I’m so excited I found your blog!! I have prayed for you for awhile now.
Kristi Gill and Katie Bruce are my daughters…have a couple of nutty sons too.
I saw your comment on Katie’s latest blog and then found your blog.
I’ve kept up with you per Kristi and am so thrilled you are doing well.
I got to meet little Evangeline when Kristi watched her a few times during the hard part of your recovery.
I too, am a cancer survivor. A rare type of thyroid cancer, not near as complex as yours, but definitely with some quirky side effects.
I love that you are the high school pastor.
I am the Coordinator of Prayer and Resources for all of Young Life College.
and glad to see you went to APU (my kids and my $$$ went there) and not another Westmont grad at Calvary.
Hope I can meet you sometime when I’m in the area.
Blessings to you and so thankful you are feeling better!!
Thank you so much for your kind words! Us cancer survivors stick together! Your family has been through the whirlwind as well! Hope to meet you soon too!
Hi Steve, if you do not mind I nominated you for the Liebster award, which aims to connect bloggers with each other. My aim was to connect 11 bloggers affected by cancer – I hope my nomination will be okay with you; if not please accept my apologies. The nomination post of mine can be found at https://lifeasiinterpret.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/liebster-award-answers-and-nominations/
Thank you for the nomination and for the love! Cheers!
Thank you so much for your blog, Steve. My husband is having his gastrectomy with Dr. Norton next week, and we have both found your blog to be incredibly helpful, informative, and inspiring.
Hi Steve. I have just discovered your blog as I prepare for my husband’s genetic tests to return letting us know if he carries or doesn’t carry the CDH1 gene. We are so scared, but have found comfort in your blog. With these results looming, I can’t help but think of our children and if they also may be carrying the gene. What advice have you received about that? Have your children been tested? Etc….
Hi Steve – do you have an email address I can get you on? I have no stomach and do a lot of running, may have some tips that may be of use. Thanks.
Hi Steve – I have no stomach and do a lot of running – do you have an email address I can contact you on? Thanks.
Yes! Sorry it took so long for me to see this – firstname.lastname@example.org