Born in Los Angeles, CA, Steve was adopted and then raised in Dyersburg, TN. He earned a Bachelors of Church Music Performance degree from Arkansas State University in 1983 and has completed post-graduate work in the field of Education. At the age of 21, after spending many years as an unregenerate church member, Steve felt God’s call on his life and he repented and then surrendered to Him for salvation. Since then Steve has served churches in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida. He came to First Baptist Jacksonville in 1996 as the Associate Minister of Worship. Since then, he has served on the Educational Staff in various ministry capacities, as the Pastor or Ministry Implementation and is now serving as the Pastor of Care and Discipleship; seeking to provide biblical counseling to all he meets with, counseling married and pre-marital couples, ministering to those in the hospitals and during times of bereavement, and giving oversight to our church’s prison ministry.

"It is a joy serving the church with the gifts that God has given me," says Steve. He claims Galatians 2:20-21 as his life verses: "I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing." Steve and his wife, Laurie, have two children, Caleb and Sarah. He spends much of his free time rooting for his favorite team: The BIG Orange University of Tennessee Volunteers!