Stephen K. De Silva (Steve to his friends) is the Chief Financial Officer of Bethel Church in Redding, California. As a Certified Public Accountant since 1989, Stephen has worked in both public and private practice, with specialties in small business consulting, personal finances, ministerial income taxation and non-profit organization administration. Stephen’s professional experience includes quality peer review services, independent auditing and income tax preparation for individuals and corporations. In 1996, he left public accounting to work for Bethel Church of Redding and open a private boutique accounting practice. Stephen sold his income tax practice in 2008 to dedicate all his energies to the opportunities and challenges raised by the exponential growth experienced by Bethel Church under Bill Johnson, and Kris Vallotton.
In 1997, Stephen began teaching a small group of friends on the principles of supernatural stewardship. This ministry has grown into what is now known as Prosperous Soul, based on the Bible verse in 3 John 1:2. His unique voice on stewardship and money is a regular part of Bethel Church’s adult education, and in seminar form in locations around the globe. “My heart is to be a gift. I give away whatever God has shown me for the sake of Christ and the Church. I want to see Christians return to relevance in the eyes of the world, by becoming stewards of God’s secrets (2Cor 4:1), in our personal finances and the marketplace”.
Stephen enjoys life with his wife, Dawna De Silva, founder and co-leader of the international healing and deliverance ministry called Bethel Sozo. Stephen and Dawna have two sons: Timothy (17) and Cory (21). Cory is a rising singer/songwriter, having just released his debut album, Someday When I’m Young.