Stephen Strader was born again at the age of 8, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and called into the ministry at the age of 12. He entered the full time ministry at the age of 18. He married his lovely wife, Janice, in August 1977. He worked as an associate pastor at the Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland, Florida from 1978 to 2005 with his father, Karl D. Strader.
In December of 2005, Stephen became the senior pastor, and renamed the church, Ignited Church, purchased, remodeled, and moved the congregation to this facility. Stephen began his education at Trinity College and completed his B.A. degree at Southeastern University in Lakeland. He did graduate studies in Theology and Leadership at ORU, in Tulsa, OK. In 2012, Stephen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Signs and Wonders, from the International Miracle Institute, Pensacola, FL.
In 2008, Stephen hosted a five day conference on signs and wonders at Ignited Church, with evangelist Todd Bentley. The meetings extended to 188 days. Crowds swelled to over 10,000 each day. They moved to six different locations to accommodate the crowds. It is estimated that over 350,000 different people from over 200 countries attended the meetings, and over 40 million viewers watched on internet and satellite around the world. Stephen authored the book, THE LAKELAND OUTPOURING, to tell the whole story.
Stephen also travels throughout the United States and internationally, igniting, fanning, and reviving revival fires. Signs, wonders, and unusual manifestations of the Holy Spirit confirm the Word preached. His mission: spread this revival fire everywhere. Stephen and Janice reside in Lakeland FL where they have pastored for over 40 years. They have four amazing adult children named: Jordan, Marcus, Austin, and Alexis, and four awesome grandkids!