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Senior Project Manager

I first learned of Aspen Group when I worked for Cogun Inc, a former design-build company that also focused on serving churches. Aspen and Cogun formed a collaborative relationship that started in 2002. Through a number of jointly sponsored conferences and learning events, I came to admire Aspen’s processes and people.

In May 2015, when it became clear that Cogun Inc. would not be able to continue supporting the Southeast Office’s ongoing relationships and projects that were heading to contract, I made the decision to work for Aspen. I knew this would be a place where I could continue the great work that Pat Kase (also a former Cogun colleague and now a project developer for Aspen Group) and I had cultivated in the Southeast region.

The Most Rewarding Aspect of My Job

As a senior project manager for Aspen Group, I feel an enormous responsibility to help guide churches to the best solutions for funding and developing their real estate. It’s extremely rewarding when someone on staff at a church or on the building committee approaches me and says, “This truly is the best solution for us,” or, “Had we known this type of guidance was possible, we would have done this much sooner!”


Outside of the Office

Personally, I serve in my local church as the safety and security officer as well as one of several personal ministries leaders. I am also a life-long poet and composer of Americana spiritual music and have been working on a LP project in the studio for most of 2015.

My wife and I are avid organic gardeners. Our greatest joy is in increasing the number of entire meals that come from our gardens and orchard. My sons and grandchildren are all serious fishermen and women. Living on an East Coast barrier island makes fishing a weekly event when the season is right. We routinely fly-fish the salt flats around our Coosaw Island, ACE Basin, as well as a hundred miles off-shore.

“We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

– Romans 8:37

Steve Cruze

Senior Project Manager

Top 5 Strengths

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  1. Learner
  2. Individualization
  3. Strategic
  4. Ideation
  5. Connectedness