- Stephen is the Founder & CEO of Charisma Media (formerly Strang Communications, Stephen as CEO and Joy Strang as CFO), Charisma News and Charisma House which has published over 3,000 book titles. The company has sold an estimated 50 million books. Charisma House has had five books sell more than 1 million copies. Other Strang books imprints have included: Casa Creación, Passio, FrontLine, Siloam Press, Creation House, Realms, Christian LIFE, and Excel Books.
- Stephen is the Founder of Strang Report and Charisma Podcast Network.
- Stephen is on the Global Council of Empowered 21, co-chaired by Billy Wilson (President of Oral Roberts University) and George O. Wood from Assemblies of God.
- Stephen is a Member of International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (ICAL).
- Stephen is on the Board of Trustees of Oral Roberts University.
- Stephen released in 2014 the Modern English Version of the Bible, a new translation that is an update of the King James Version.
- Stephen has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including World Relief (2001-2004) and as Chairman of Christian Life Missions (1988 to present), the Florida Magazine Association (as President in 1979-1980) and Kings University (affiliated with Jack Hayford & Robert Morris) from 1998 to 2016. He also served on many advisory boards including Christians United for Israel (He now serves as Director for the region serving Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and has organized several “Nights to Honor Israel” featuring John Hagee as speaker in several southern States), International Charismatic Bible Ministries, and Empowered21.
- Stephen is Emeritus Member of Man In The Mirror.
- Stephen has built bridges across the denominational and racial divides. The Strangs were prominent supporters of the “Memphis Miracle,” the 1994 watershed event for racial reconciliation within Pentecostalism. They also provided support to the Promise Keepers men’s movement and published its New Man magazine. Joy Strang founded SpiritLed Woman magazine, a counterpart to New Man.
- Stephen and Joy Strang Deposit Charisma Media Archives at Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center (FPHC), which is located in the Assemblies of God national office in Springfield, Missouri.
- The Strangs have deep roots in the Assemblies of God. Stephen was born in 1951 in Springfield, Missouri, where his father, A. Edward Strang, served as pastor of Lighthouse Assembly of God. Stephen Strang’s maternal grandmother (Alice Kersey Farley) and grandfather (Amos Roy Farley) were ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1914 and 1919, respectively.
- Joy is also the daughter of Assemblies of God pastors—Harvey and Rose Ferrell (ordained in 1938 and 1952 respectively), who ministered in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and the Philippines. Stephen and Joy married in 1972. Stephen graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism in 1973 and won the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Award. The Strangs had two sons, Cameron and Chandler. Cameron Strang went on to found Relevant Magazine in 2003.
- After college, Stephen Strang landed a position as a reporter for the Sentinel Star (now the Orlando Sentinel). While working as a reporter, he envisioned starting a magazine that would provide a forum for sharing the Christian faith with those outside the church. He shared the idea with leaders at Calvary Assembly of God (Winter Park, FL), where the Strangs were members. The church agreed to underwrite the first six issues for $15,000, and Charisma Magazine was born.
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