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Stephen & Katharyn Raper

Stephen M. Raper


Stephen is a founding member of the organization, contributing his heart from our inception. Stephen assists Step By Step Worldwide Ministries in the States where he demonstrates Godly leadership, faithful support, and a passion for the Lord and our children. It has been an encouragement to him, seeing from our small beginnings, how the Lord has worked in the lives of so many, through this ministry.

Stephen is now enjoying a successful 30+ year career as an Occupational Safety and Health professional with BAE Systems.

He and his wife Katharyn live in Epsom, New Hampshire where they enjoy all the beauty the Granite State has to offer.


Craig & Jennifer Smith
Craig A. Smith

Craig joined Step By Step in 2020.  During his tenure, much of our growth has been from the gleaning of Godly wisdom that he has shared with the team, helping guide our steps as an organization.  Craig's love for the Lord, and his passionate commitment to our three-fold purpose for the lives of our children, is what motivates him. 

Craig has etched a successful 25-year career in the Automotive industry, working with Liberty International/Allegiance Trucks, and Diprizio GMC. 

Craig, his wife Jennifer, and their beautiful family are lifelong residents of New Hampshire.

Mike and Connie with Kwaku (2)

John Michael Stainsby


In 2012, John retired from a successful and rewarding 30 year career in the Automotive parts industry.

With his wife Connie, they founded this ministry of God's love the very same year. They now reside in Ghana full-time with the children, at the Step By Step Home for Children with Special Needs. Because of their love for the Lord, they have faithfully devoted the rest of their lives in service to Him.

It is John's belief that God's word "Love never fails" - 1 Corinthians 13:8, will be the catalyst and sure foundation that takes Step By Step to other nations and ultimately "Worldwide." 

Ernest Kwasi Ofori Kwarteng


Ernest & Mavis Ofori

Ernest has been with us since 2014, becoming a member of the Board in 2019. He facilitates land acquisition, construction, and future projects. As our Ghana representative, he also advises on traditional and cultural protocols. 

Ernest is an independent contractor by trade, and lives in the Kumasi area with his wife Mavis and three children. Ernest is a man who believes God, serves the Lord with compassion and humilty, and has embraced the mission of Step By Step Worldwide Ministries with all his heart.

Paul Erickson


Paul is a founding member of SBSWM, and has been involved in the formation of our ministry from the very beginning. He has contributed unto the Lord faithfully in helping build SBSWM for more than a decade.

He and his beloved wife, Linda, have established a legacy of Christ's love in support of foreign missions; and their experience and guidance have helped our organization grow. Paul served our country with a long and prosperous career in the U.S. Army.

Paul and Linda reside in the Concord, New Hampshire area, where they are now enjoying retirement.

Paul and Linda Erickson
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