Steven M. Peterson

Steven M. Peterson

July 15, 1950 – October 22, 2020


Steve Peterson, beloved husband and father, successful businessman and spiritual mentor to countless Christians in Omaha and around the world died October 22nd.  Steve dedicated his life to advancing the gospel and built a prodigious legacy that touched lives on five continents.  More than anything else, Steve was devoted to his Savior, Jesus Christ, his wife, Mindy and their three children.  Twenty years before his death, Steve Peterson founded Fresh Start, which has become a global ministry dedicated to helping people deal with issues of the heart, including helping them to forgive one another.

Steve was born in 1950 in Fremont, Nebraska, to Donald E. and Marjorie J. Peterson.  He spent his early childhood years on an acreage outside Fremont, where he developed a lifelong love of horses.  Steve’s favorite horse was Lassie San. In 1965, competing alongside his father, Steve and Lassie San won competitions at 4H, Aksarben, and at the Nebraska State Fair.  Around the same time, Steve developed a passion for Nebraska football, which has been passed on to his two sons.

After graduating from Fremont High School in 1968, Steve attended Midland Lutheran College, where he lettered in golf multiple years, and led the college to a conference title. More important, it was at Midland that Steve met and married Mindy, the love of his life and wife of 49 years.

After graduating with a degree in business, he joined Don Peterson and Associates as a realtor, eventually becoming Vice President and Partner. In 1978, he was elected President of the Fremont Board of Realtors, and the Fremont Jaycees honored him with its Outstanding Young Man Award.

Despite this commercial success, Steve felt a strong call to full-time ministry. In 1981, he left his business and moved his family to Phoenix, Arizona, to begin training in biblical counseling at Neues Laben (New Life).  The next year, he was offered the position of director of counseling at Neus Laben, but instead moved his family back to Nebraska to join the staff of Trinity Church, as counseling and family pastor.

For the next 25 years, Steve served as a pastor and eventually as associate pastor at Trinity, under the leadership of the Rev. Elmer Murdoch. During this time, he built a multi-faceted counseling department – Complete in Christ Ministries – which had a vision of reaching not just the congregation of Trinity, but also the city of Omaha and the world.  This vision ultimately led Steve to found Fresh Start for All Nations in 2000.  Today Fresh Start is a thriving international ministry, with operations in countries around the world.

Steve is survived by his wife, Mindy; their three children, Justin Peterson (Kiersten) of Washington, DC; Joshua Peterson (Kristin) of Houston, TX; Joy Chatfield (Kappes) of Omaha, NE; brother, Jeffrey Peterson (Shelly) of Fremont, NE; sister, Amy Havekost (Scott) of Franklin, IN; sister, Jill Scott (Richard) of Austin, TX; and nine grandchildren.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Sunday, November 1st from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, November 2nd, 1pm, Westside Church (15050 W Dodge Rd.)  Family Interment: Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska.  Memorials are suggested to Fresh Start for All Nations, P.O. Box 540373, Omaha, Nebraska 68154 –

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  • Bob and Kathy Laughlin Posted October 24, 2020 8:29 am

    What a precious gem Steve has been in our lives! We send our love to you all.. What a party there is going on in heaven.! Blessings……Bob and Kathy Laughlin

  • Bruce and Mary Lou Neuharth Posted October 27, 2020 2:23 pm

    Mindy and Family, so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. What a legacy of ministry he leaves behind, so many souls touched by the both of you. And now he is experiencing “The More of Jesus” he spoke of so lovingly. We send hugs, prayers and comfort as you navigate the days ahead.

  • Rod & Sandy Rockwell Posted October 27, 2020 4:55 pm

    Steve has always been special in our hearts. Going to school and college with him. Knowing Mindy as well we love them dearly. RIP Brother good and faithful servant to our Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you for touching so many in your life! Praying for Mindy and the Children .
    Rod & Sandy Rockwell

  • Harold Ford jr Posted October 27, 2020 5:13 pm

    Was blessed to know and have spent time with Mr Peterson. Even more blessed to know Justin and his family who personify the Very best of Mr Peterson. Lots of love Mrs Peterson and to the entire family. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts. And, now I know where Justin gets his golf swing from and where walker gets his baseball swing from!

  • josh rosner Posted October 27, 2020 7:51 pm

    I wish I had met Mr. Peterson but I am sure that I have net and known many of his best qualities through my friendship with his son Justin. My deepest condolences to the Peterson family in this time of grieving and I am sure that his memory is a blessing.

  • Erin Thomas Drozd Posted October 28, 2020 5:20 pm

    Uncle Steve was such a wonderful man!!! I have so many fond memories on our summer vacations. He would always tell me “your wonderful”. He was a prayer warrior and I know he prayed faithfully for me! Uncle Steve always promoted people and inspired them to live their lives in the fullness of Christ. He will be greatly missed! . Love to you all!

  • Rob Butler Posted October 28, 2020 6:26 pm

    I had the opportunity to do some remodeling at the Peterson home a few years ago….that lead me to fresh start! What a great man he was with the sweetest wife!

  • Scott Frerking Posted October 29, 2020 4:59 am

    Pastor Steve was truly WONDERFUL. No one person ever showed me more truth & grace or taught me more about the love of God. Learned how to live Forgiveness As A Lifestyle & walk in who the Father says I am.
    Spectacular man indeed.

  • Jon Christensen Posted October 29, 2020 8:37 am

    What a legacy Steve Peterson created for things that matter in life. Steve and Mindy’s marriage, life choices, and family are a testament to his faithfulness and daily walk as a believer.

    He was the embodiment of a gentle spirit, quiet confidence and unwavering faith. Life is short, but Steve lived every moment. I appreciate greatly all he did for me personally and professionally. Steve and Mindy prayed for me daily, gave me the best political advisor in Justin and always showed up when I needed an encouraging word and support. Steve, you will be missed here on earth but what you left as an inheritance will forever pay eternal dividends.

  • Kent and Anne Loeffler Posted October 29, 2020 2:27 pm

    We will miss Steve – he was truly “wonderful “.! He was a willing mentor to both of us as we worked through some struggles in our family. Our first thought when hearing of Steve’s promotion was we will dearly miss you and well done good and faithful servant !!!
    It was a privilege to be able to share in the Fresh Start ministry with Steve!

  • Doug Steenblock Posted October 31, 2020 8:56 am

    I haven’t seen Steve in many years but I will always remember him as a gracious, upbeat and dignified man who always treated others with respect. In other words, very much like his father. My deepest condolences go out to his family.

  • Todd Fishback Posted November 1, 2020 11:35 pm

    He was like a father to me. He loved me unconditionally. A true representation of Jesus.

  • Mark & Lynda Zhou Posted November 2, 2020 1:08 pm

    Pastor Steve had lived a WonderFull life: He is our example as we continue to be the follower of Christ, May the love and comfort of our Father be with Mindy and all his children

  • Kathy Spicer Posted November 2, 2020 1:35 pm

    Praying for you all in the Peterson Family.
    What an amazing legacy!
    I am so sorry that his last few days were so incredibly difficult, but Steve was not alone. While praying for you all I saw a picture of ministering angles attending him as he prepared to meet his King!
    May Abba Father cover you with His peace & comfort.

  • Connie & Joe Hagerty Posted November 5, 2020 12:49 pm

    Sending Prayers of Comfort to Mindy and Family. We Loved Pastor Steve and are Thankful that God had our paths cross in this Wonderful Life.

  • James M Gaffney Posted December 14, 2020 8:38 am

    May the great Comforter Comfort.

    Life, Capital L has gone to be with Life eternal.

  • James M Gaffney Posted December 14, 2020 8:39 am

    May the great Comforter Comfort.

    Life, Capital L has gone to be with Life ,Eternal..

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