Pastor & Platinum Hit Music Producer, Steve “Stone” Huff, Returns Home to Evanston to Launch New Ministry, Safe House Church

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EVANSTON, IL – Pastor and Platinum Hit Music Producer, Steve “Stone” Huff, will return home to Evanston to launch a new ministry, Safe House Church. Its first service will take place on Sunday, August 5th at the Hilton Orrington from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with a second service from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This first Sunday will kick off the August sermon series, “Get Happy,” which will include inspirational messages; insightful movie presentations; live acoustic original music by the Safe House Church praise & worship team; and special lessons and activities for children, such as face painting via the Safe House Church Kids’ ministry. Safe House Church will meet every Sunday at the Hilton Orrington, which is located at 1710 Orrington Avenue in the heart of downtown Evanston, where there is free parking on Sundays when you park at an on-street meter.

Pastor Steve, son of June Ross Huff and Edward Huff, was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. His mom, who was a matriarch to many in Evanston’s close-knit family community, was a poet, speechwriter, author, and a church leader who made sure Steve had a strong spiritual foundation. Steve’s first ministry was music—which was encouraged when his father purchased him a used bass for $50.00 at a local charitable auction. A self-taught musician, Steve mastered multiple instruments and evolved from playing in the church to becoming a well-known name in the music industry. A gifted songwriter and platinum hit music producer, he spent his career touring the world playing music and producing hits for the biggest Gospel and R&B names. Steve worked with notable music artists and legends such as Ron Isley, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Fred Hammond, R. Kelly, Avant, Blackstreet, The Winans, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams and Keith Sweat to name a few.

After ministering in Chicago for several years, Pastor Steve is excited to return home to Evanston to build a new church with a fresh approach to ministry. Since becoming a pastor, he has been known to creatively use original praise and worship music and a simple approach to the Bible, to encourage others to fulfill their God given fingerprint (mission in life). Pastor Steve states, “I am an Evanstonian, so I felt compelled to return to my roots to start a new church. I’ve been blessed to have a successful career. I want to share my life experiences and my testimony with others so that they may be inspired to live a life of excellence. This is fulfilling my mother’s prayer to give back to our community and afford people—specifically the `youth—an opportunity to succeed.”

Pastor Steve’s mom, June Ross Huff, who is now deceased, published an inspirational book of poetry in 2003, From My Heart to Yours. In her book’s bio she commented that while growing up in South Carolina, her church and community provided her with security, love, and a peace of mind and that her heart went out to many of the children today who have not known this kind of freedom. The late Mrs. Huff, who lived in Evanston for over 40 years, is still remembered today for her many years of serving the community with love and wisdom. With Safe House Church, Pastor Steve will continue his mother’s legacy of impacting the community, one person at a time.

A large attendance is expected at the Sunday, August 5th worship service, so early arrival is strongly recommended.

About Safe House Church
Founded in 2012 by Pastor Steve “Stone” Huff, Safe House Church offers a personal, inspirational, and innovative worship experience. Each service—which takes place at the Hilton Orrington—includes live acoustic original music and an uplifting message. Safe House Church offers impactful sermon series that teach and translate biblical lessons to illustrate the relevance to today’s society. Pastor Huff’s powerful testimony of stardom and music to a place of peace and faith, has motivated many people and introduced them to Christ. To learn more about Safe House Church, visit

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If you’d like more information about this event, please email or call (847) 881-6261.

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