Stephen is an Oakland native and second generation American Armenian raised in the orthodox church. Following a long courtship, Stephen and Nancy Roscelli were married in 1997. Their first child, Frances Isabel, was born in 1999. A second daughter, Abigail Evelyn, who arrived in 2003, was born with a congenital nevus. As a result of this condition Abby was at high risk for melanoma, which she succumbed to in 2006.
Abby’s death was followed by deep reflection leading to change. After practicing architecture in San Francisco (and briefly New York) for nearly thirty years, Stephen transitioned to study theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Stephen received a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and a Master of Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley.
Stephen plans on working in chaplaincy and feels called to spiritual care. His passions include cycling, reading, travel and, first and foremost, family.