Stephen grew up in England and was raised in a family who are all in full-time ministry. Candy grew up in California in a family of business entrepreneurs. God brought Candy and Steve together through the job transfers of their parents landing them both in Minnesota. After years of friendship, Steve and Candy married in 1999 and received the gift of a honeymoon on Kaua'i, and their love of Kaua'i began to seed and grow.
In 2001, their firstborn daughter Grace died, which led them to create a nonprofit called Missing GRACE Foundation which provides support and resources nationally for families grieving a pregnancy or infant loss. Kaua'i was their place to retreat and heal in their grief. The island also became the place to celebrate and enjoy their blessings, as their family grew with the miracles of their two daughters. They returned year-after-year and stayed longer and longer. After a great deal of prayer and fasting, they were given overwhelming confirmation that Kaua'i was where God was calling them to plant a church and the Abba's Robe Retreat Center for Ministry Leaders.
Stephen and Candy were blessed to be covered in prayer and support by the House Church in Eagan, MN. They attended the House School of Ministry and were commissioned by the Church in 2015.
Shortly after the McVicar family moved to Kauai as missionaries and church planters, they began ministering together on the island in many areas. They assisted homeless families and provided support to other local ministries and churches. Stephen and Candy were invited to serve as board members with three different nonprofits, and they started a Missing GRACE Grief Support Group. Once Aloha LIFE Church launched, there were people attending from all over the island. Stephen and Candy enjoyed ministering side-by-side in the church and also with the Abba's Robe Retreat Center. Retreat guests came from other states and countries to receive respite, healing and rejuvenating time away with the Lord.
In the first quarter of 2021, the McVicar family had to make the difficult decision to move back to the mainland due to issues related to the pandemic and its affect on the church, the retreat and Stephen's job. The church continues offering weekly Sunday services online and is active in outreaches locally in South Carolina.
WHAT BRINGS JOY TO THEIR HEARTS?
Stephen: when he sees a life transformed. He enjoys praying for and speaking hope and encouragement into someones life.
Candy: worshiping with other believers, the sound of children laughing, and helping others discover their identy and calling..
FOR KICKS, WHAT ELSE DO THEY LIKE?
Stephen: really likes his coffee, he enjoys anything outdoors that's a challenge (bike, hike, swim, run, roller blade, SUP, etc...he's an Ironman), he's a foodie and always cooking up some new recipe, and he loves to be with his family doing whatever makes his wife and two girls happy!
Candy: being with her girls and together as a family, long walks, sunshine with cool breezes, rainbows, photography, and seeing all the beautiful marine life - especially dolphins, whales and turtles.