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Steven Undseth came to Hillcrest in 1982 from Salem, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Oregon University in 1981. In 1985 He married the former Lois Blikstad, and the Lord has blessed them with seven children: Trevor, Joseph, Sophia, Mark, Quincy, Reggie, and Juliana. Steve has been actively involved at Bethel Lutheran Church, serving as a trustee and an elder for many years as well as teaching both children's Sunday School and adult Bible classes. His community involvement has centered around coaching summer baseball at various levels for many years. His coaching duties at Hillcrest have included varsity, JV, and junior high volleyball at various times in the past. Since 2006 Steve has been the varsity baseball coach.
What brought Mr. Undseth to Hillcrest was a love for young people and a desire to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what keeps him here, along with a passion for teaching that animates him every day in the classroom. "When I lose the enthusiasm I feel when I am in front of a class, sharing what is on my heart, then I will know it is time to quit. But right now, I am excited to get up every morning and go to work, knowing that I have one of the best jobs in the world! I understand that it is truly a blessing from God for a man to be happy in his work. As an English teacher I get to be involved with words every day, and that leads to communication about the Living Word. We spend a lot of time studying words of people that have been dead for centuries, but their lives still speak through the power of their words. Each of us has been created in God's image, His workmanship that He has put on Earth to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do."
Mr. Undseth's life verse is Psalm 73:25 - "Whom have I in heaven but Thee, and being with Thee, I desire nothing else on earth." A close runner-up is Phil. 1:21 - "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." His favorite quote is by martyred missionary Jim Elliot: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." It is very difficult for an English teacher to choose a favorite author, but the writings of C.S. Lewis have been quite formative over the course of Steve's life.
If he could choose his epitaph, it would be this: He loved God; he loved his family; he loved his students.