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Steve Bryant has announced his retirement from The Upper Room. You may know that Steve has led the Friendship Class for nearly 30 years, that he faithfully volunteers for Room in the Inn every year, and he is husband to Marcie Smeck and father to Timothy and Marie Claire. But he is too humble to tell you that he was the world editor and publisher of The Upper Room from 1997 to 2009 and again from 2016 to 2020. And that over the last 34 years, Steve’s influence has shaped and re-shaped all of The Upper Room’s legacy programs including The Walk to Emmaus, The Academy for Spiritual Formation, and the Companions in Christ study series. He was responsible for launching SOULfeast, an annual event held each July at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, establishing The Upper Room’s regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa, and creating several indigenous publishing teams throughout Africa and in the Philippines as part of the agency’s resourcing plan for United Methodist central conferences.

On January 21 there was an online global gathering to honor Steve Bryant’s retirement. This was a time of worship, celebration, and gratitude including staff, friends, and publishing partners from around the world. You can watch the celebration and hear tributes from around world by clicking here.

In appreciation for Steve’s effective leadership and in honor of his retirement, The Upper Room staff and board of directors established a new fund called the Stephen Bryant Prayer and Spiritual Formation Fund. This fund will provide financial support in creating virtual and in-person events designed for pastors and spiritual leaders to support their life with God as leaders in faith communities and will create eventually a library of digital content that can sustain the lifelong journey of spiritual formation. This new fund will serve as an ongoing reminder of Stephen’s deep passion for teaching spiritual practices and exploring their role in the restoration and renewal of disciples and congregations. Click here to give in honor of Stephen.