Rabbi Steven J. Weiler was born in Manhattan, NY, to Jewish parents who had escaped Vienna, Austria during the Holocaust. Living in a primarily Jewish town (Great Neck, Long Island) he had never been aware of anyone who believed Yeshua is the Messiah, nor had anyone shared their faith with him. But at age 18, Steve went to see the movie The Greatest Story Ever Told and his life was changed forever. Shortly thereafter, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord.
Steve spent his college years in Baltimore, MD, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory of Music. Later he received a Masters Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University while teaching at an inner-city high school for four years. Also during this time, he was singing as a paid soloist at various conservative synagogues and churches, while also attending Beit HaMashiach Messianic Synagogue.
In 1979, after a few years of sales, Steve moved his family to Philadelphia , PA , in order to become the sales manager of an industrial safety company. A few years later he started his own business: Weiler Strength & Fitness. In 1988, he became the principal of Chalutzim Academy - a private K12 Messianic Jewish day school of Congregation Beth Yeshua. There he also served as the chief administrator, taught various courses including "Fundamentals of Biblical Judaism", led a children's chorus group called Growing Faith, produced two Messianic children's albums, coproduced two musicals, oversaw the youth program, and led an adult singing troupe called "Shivat Tzion" (Return of Zion) which produced two albums.
Steve was ordained as a Messianic Rabbi by the leadership of Congregation Beth Yeshua which is under the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) and the International Association of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS). In April 1999, he moved his family to Tampa, FL to become the rabbi of Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue. He has always had a burden for youth, strengthening families, having unity in the Body of Believers, and to see his fellow Jewish people accept Yeshua as their Messiah. Rabbi Steve also serves on the boards of: The Messianic Family Bible Project, The Tampa Bay Committee To Bless Israel , Ner Tamid, Bayshore Christian School and Heritage House Ministries. He also served for six years on the Executive Committee of the MJAA/IAMCS. Since 1999, Steve has been privileged to begin 6 more Shoresh David Messianic Synagogues in the Greater Tampa, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg areas. Steve has also been on WTBN radio in the Tampa Bay area for a number of years.
Rabbi Steve is blessed with a wonderful wife, Pat, who leads praise and worship at Shoresh David in Tampa. They have two daughters together - Rebecca and Sarah. Rebecca, who lived in Israel for 15 years, now lives in Tampa with her husband Yosi, and daughter, Noa, and often leads worship at Shoresh David Tampa on Friday nights. Sarah has been involved in leading worship at Shoresh David in Tampa for many years, and she and her husband, Mario, are soon expecting their first child.