While a student at Moody Bible Institute in the late 1960s, Stephen Pribble met fellow music major Norma Goodpaster in the music building. After receiving their diplomas, they married on this date in 1970. In 1973 Stephen received the bachelor of religious education from Detroit Bible College. He was ordained and served as pastor of independent churches in Ohio from 1978–1985. In 1985 Stephen received the master of arts from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, having majored in Hebrew under Dr. Joseph Kickasola, who, with Presbyterian Church in America Pastor Carl Bogue, convinced him of the Reformed faith. His four children were baptized the same day by Dr. Bogue.
Stephen was received into the PCA as an assistant, then associate pastor in Akron, Ohio, where he served from 1986–1989. There he recited the Westminster Shorter Catechism before the session and congregation. On December 1, 1989, Stephen was received into the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to serve as pastor of Grace OPC in Lansing, Michigan, where he has served for more than twenty-six years. For outreach, Stephen produced three-minute recorded messages on a dedicated phone line in the 1990s and appeared on Reformation Forum, a weekly local public-access TV show.
Stephen has served as the OPC’s part-time web manager (now senior technical associate) since 1998. He was a member of the Committee on Christian Education from 2001–2016. In 1999 he became chairman of the General Assembly’s Committee on Proof Texts for the Larger Catechism. Stephen used his musical gifts as a member of the Psalter-Hymnal Committee, which began in 2006. For the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario he serves as assistant clerk, a member of the Presbyterial Membership Committee, and previously chaired the Candidates and Credentials Committee. Norma plays the piano during worship and accompanies Christian school choirs.
Stephen and Norma have four children: Jeffrey, Julie, Jessica, and Joanna, plus eight grandchildren—all age six and under. Stephen and his session ordained two of his sons-in-law as ruling elders. Their son, sent by the PCA, is a Christian school principal in the Middle East.