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Steve Saint

Steve Saint was born and raised in Ecuador where his parents were missionaries. His father, Nate Saint, was the “Jungle Pilot” who was one of five young men killed in 1956 by the Waodani Indians (known as Aucas) whom they were trying to reach with the gospel.

After his father’s death, Steve attended school in Quito. At 10 years old, he would spend summers living with the Waodani in the jungles where he was baptized in the same river where his father’s body was found, by same men who had speared him.

After graduating from high school, Steve moved to the US where he graduated from Wheaton College. After graduation, Steve moved back to Ecuador where he met his wife Ginny while she was on a short-term missions trip. After getting married, the two lived in Minnesota where Steve started in business. The family lived in a number of cities during his career, ultimately settling in Ocala, Florida. Steve and Ginny had four kids- Shaun, Jaime, Jesse, and Stephenie. Stephenie died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm in July of 2000. 

In 1995, the Waodani elders asked Steve to come and live with them, and the whole family moved to the jungles. It was during this time that the Waodani inspired Steve with the idea for ITEC. The Saints moved back to Ocala and Steve started ITEC in 1996 with the vision of finding better ways of doing missions and giving indigenous God-followers the tools they need to fulfill their role in the Great Commission.

Steve Saint Today
Since his injury in 2012, which resulted in incomplete quadriplegia, Steve has experienced varying degrees of mobility. There are times when he is active and able to go about his daily routines, while at other times, it can be challenging for him to even leave his bed. Despite these hurdles, Steve, alongside Ginny, remains steadfast in his commitment to ITEC's vision, actively participating as a board member for ITEC, ITEC Ecuador, and Green Window Ministries. He finds great joy in spending quality time with his 20 grandchildren, cherishing every moment with them.

Steve has authored three inspiring books: The Great OmissionEnd of the Spear and Walking His Trail (available for purchase at our online store). Steve's impactful journey has been chronicled in his memoir, "End of the Spear," later adapted into a major film in 2006.

Videos Featuring Steve Saint
The Next Chapter Series

The Next Chapter Series are short films capturing the life of Steve Saint immediately after a life-altering injury that left him an Incomplete Quadriplegic and in the years following his recovery.

Episode 1 | Give God All You Got

Episode 3 | I Stood a Mendicant of God

Episode 8 | A Dream I Never Even Had

Watch All 11 Episodes of the Next Chapter Series

Other Videos Featuring Steve Saint

My Father's Plane (Nate Saint's Airplane)

Let God Write Your Story with Steve Saint & Jaime Saint

Steve Saint | The Jungle Missionary

Remembering Mincaye

Visit Remembering Mincaye Page

"Life isn't good when everything is fitting together right. Life is good because we know that we have a hope when this life is done."
- Steve Saint