Steve Gamble, Founder
“You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give”
Steve Gamble has been “living the life” of giving since he graduated high school and worked as a resident counselor for ex-convicts in Harlem, New York.
In 1988, Steve and members of his church traveled to the impoverished community of Cuanqua, Ecuador to help residents build a house of worship. For Steve, just sharing time and working alongside these humble people was reward enough, however, the townspeople had something else in mind. As the mission bus started on the long dirt road, they ran alongside the bus expressing their thanks–with tears in their eyes and cries of gratitude from their heart. It is an image that Steve has never forgotten and one that continues to motivate him to this day.
For the next fifteen years, Steve and his wife, Kate, continued to volunteer their time locally and overseas through their church’s Mission Committee. Their commitment ran deep and thus they became co-directors in 2002, responsible for overseeing the distribution of funds to over 50 needy outreaches worldwide.
A year after they became directors, while leading a team of 27 volunteers to bring medical and spiritual relief to Senegal, Africa, Steve and Kate decided to form Heartbeat International. After ten years as directors, Steve and Kate left their church mission in 2012 to focus exclusively on Heartbeat and addressing the issues they felt were most urgent.
No one has a bigger heart and more compassion than Steve Gamble. Until there was space available to support Taste & See, a feeding ministry of Heartbeat, Steve cooked food in his own kitchen in order to feed the homeless and hungry in the South Bronx. It is not an understatement to say that it is Steve’s vision that inspires and fuels each of Heartbeat’s ministries.
Steve and Kate have six children and seven grandchildren. Their newest vision is to drive a food truck across the country to help feed our homeless and hungry neighbors.