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Pastor Steve Gaines

Dr. Steve Gaines officially became the seventh Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church August 1, 2005 and preached his first sermon as Pastor September 11, 2005. Dr. Gaines was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church, Dyersburg, Tennessee, in 1980, and he received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Bro. Steve and his wife, Donna, have four children: Grant, Lindsey, Allison, and Bethany; and seven grandchildren: Alivia, Weston, Ivey, Ruthie, Hadley, Camille and Dempsey.

Meet Steve Gaines
Born: Corinth, Mississippi
Married to Donna J. Dodds


  • Darrell Grant Gaines – married to Melisa.
    • Children: Alivia, Weston and Camille.
    • Grant is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, TN.
  • Lindsey Gaines Wingo – married to Ryan.
    • Children: Ivey and Ruthie.
    • Ryan is the Worship Pastor of Apex Baptist Church in Apex, NC.
  •  Allison Gaines Hill – married to Gentry.
    • Children: Hadley and Dempsey.
    • Gentry is a Pastoral Intern at Bellevue.
  •  Bethany Gaines Golding – married to David.
    • Bethany is a senior at Union University in Jackson, TN.
    • David is an engineering student at the University of Memphis

Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the First Baptist Church, Dyersburg, Tennessee, 1980
Licensed to the Gospel Ministry by the First Baptist Church, Dyersburg, Tennessee, 1977


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
Major: Preaching; Minor: Evangelism
Title of Dissertation: “An Analysis of the Correlation between Representative Baptist Hour Sermons by Herschel H. Hobbs and Selected Articles of The Baptist Faith and Message.”

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee
Attended freshman and sophomore years
Full football scholarship at UTM
Starting defensive end, freshman and sophomore years

Dyersburg High School, Dyersburg, Tennessee, 1975


Pastor, First Baptist Church, Gardendale, Alabama, 1991-2005.
1st in baptisms in Alabama Baptist State Convention (a total of 3,100+ Baptist churches) in 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2004; (2nd in 1996, 2001 and 2003)

Morning Worship:
Began three morning worship services in September, 1996 to accommodate growth. Increased average morning worship attendance from 1600 to an average of 3,300 in morning worship

Sunday School:
Increased average on-campus Sunday School attendance from 1,550 to 2,591

Pastor, West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee, 1988-1991

Pastor, Lake Shore Baptist Church, Lake Dallas, Texas, 1983-1988

Associate Pastor/Youth Minister, Lake Shore Baptist Church, Lake Dallas, Texas, 1981-1983

Associate Pastor/Youth Minister, First Baptist Church, Milan, Tennessee, 1978-1980


Southern Baptist Convention:
President of Southern Baptist Pastors Conference, 2005
Preached the Convention Sermon, 2004
Member of Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee, 1999-2000
Committee on Nominations, 1991, 1999
Trustee, LifeWay Christian Resources (formerly Baptist Sunday School Board), 1998-2000

Alabama Baptist State Convention:
President, Pastors’ Conference of Alabama Baptist State Convention, 1999 State Board of Missions, 1992-1995

Trustee, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, 2014-Present
Board of Reference, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, 2003-2014


Morning Manna, 365 daily devotional readings
When God Comes to Church
Pray Like it Matters (Auxano press) – Available on Amazon

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