• Leadership Studies
  • Church/Organizational Health
  • Models of Qualitative Research


  • DMin Missiology/Leadership – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MDiv Pastoral Leadership – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • BA Psychology – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Rev. Dr. Steve Hobson is Chair of Leadership Studies Discipline at IGSL. He serves as Iron Sharpening Group (ISG) leader and consultant for curriculum revision and leadership matters. He is also a Board Member of Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST).

He’s been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) since April 1988 and a faculty at IGSL since 1989. He was ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America and was involved in pastoral ministries and church planting for about 10 years.

Dr. Hobson wrote the first chapter entitled “Creative Leadership Development: Breaking Out of the Traditional Seminary Mold” in the book Educating for Tomorrow: Theological Leadership for the Asian Context. In 2001, he completed a dissertation on “Leadership Training Factors Contributing to the Development of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Authority in Filipino Male Leaders.”

He has taught seminars on Mentoring Leaders, Transforming Leadership, 7 Laws of the Learner, World Missions, Spiritual Warfare, and Marriage Enrichment. Among the conference presentations he has given include “Building High Performance Missional Teams”, “Curriculum Revision for Leadership Development”, and “Curriculum Evaluation for Leadership Development”.

Dr. Steve Hobson is passionate about developing servant-steward leaders who lead with a deep-rooted spiritual authority. He believes that this kind of leader has a Christ-centered identity, an unshakable commitment to furthering God’s kingdom work in all spheres of society, and humble freedom knowing leadership is not about oneself.

He is married to Jan, and they have two grown sons and three grandchildren. He loves the outdoors; snorkeling with his wife in the pristine waters of the Philippines is his all-time favorite vacation. Mountains are next—he loves alpine snow skiing but gave that up for the privilege of working at IGSL.

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