Battling Adversity in Youth
Stephen’s youth was filled with adversity as his family battled financial instability and even poverty. It was to the point he dropped out of high school in an effort to help his family make ends meet. At the age of 16, he struck out on his own in an effort to get his life started only to find there was a great deal of future adversity that awaited him. After nearly taking his life after failing to enter the Navy, Stephen found himself yet again battling poverty. In fact, he was sleeping in borrowed cars and on the couches of friends when they were available.
New Hope, New Future
However, Stephen was promised a new future and a new hope. It was during a humbling moment at a litter box, where he was cleaning it out to make extra money, that He surrendered his life to Christ. In a moment that could only be described as a divine encounter, Stephen embraced this promised new hope and future. As a result, three weeks later while working as a laborer on his father’s framing, he was given an opportunity to create a company of his own. This opportunity was made possible by a man known as Steve Myrick. Steve did not give Stephen money, tools, or equipment. But, he did give Stephen an opportunity to finish a house and a chance to be poured into day after day. This pivotal moment in life launched Stephen towards becoming a better version of himself and a future leader.
Dream Becomes Reality
So, after a handshake and nail apron, Stephen began to build the tools needed out of the trash piles with the help of his father. As a result, his first company, Custom Home Exteriors began. Currently, Custom Home Exteriors is now a thriving company employing hundreds of team members and installers across three states.
Becoming an Author
Later, after being led by the Lord in 2012, he began to write a series of short stories of life understandings and autobiography. It became his first highly successful book, The Journey Principles 10 Simple Principles for a Life Journey That Matters. The book’s success opened doors to speak and create curriculum, and also play a part in the redemptive power of God to change hearts, lives, and minds everywhere Stephen went.
Along the way, he relentlessly pursued faith, knowledge, and strategies while guiding others to do the same. As a result, the creation of “The Journey Principles Transform U FrameWork” was released. Stephen’s life purpose is to magnify the effort by God’s hand in the development of certified life change facilitators.
Stephen did not stop there. He saw people who had lost their will to fight for a future through a variety of life adversities. So, he set on a journey to serve the person he used to be and began studying how God transformed him from the inside out. As a consistent learner, he set his sights on merging God’s principles with cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and neurolinguistics. Leading to the creation of The Journey Principles Institute’s Transform U framework.
So, seeing just how successful the framework was, he knew it would always be limited to the ability to be present. However, a chance encounter opened up the possibility of scaling the program. The result? Like-minded and well trained Journey Principles, Transform U Trainers and Facilitators.
Stephen knows his story is not as unique as he wished it was, with thousands struggling to find their identity, calling, and divine purpose. You may be that person. If you are ready to make a meaningful impact, now may be the perfect time to start the next leg of your journey as a Professional Transform U Facilitator. We invite you to start that journey today.
Let Stephen guide you on redemptive instruction, proven life strategies, and help make the impact you were called to make.