Pastor Steve Gaines

Steve Gaines serves as the Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. He has served in four churches as senior pastor over the past 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX. Steve is married to Donna Gaines. They have four children: Grant, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Jackson, TN; Lindsey, homemaker and wife of Ryan Wingo, worship pastor at Apex Baptist Church in Apex NC; Allison, homemaker and wife of Gentry Hill, senior pastor of FBC Poteau, OK and Bethany, a first grade teacher at a Memphis school and married to David Golding with Golding Mechanical Services of Memphis TN. Steve and Donna are both authors, and Steve recently published a musical worship CD and his latest books, Pray Like it Matters and Share Jesus Like it Matters. They have nine grandchildren.

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

Children:

  • Darrell Grant Gaines – married to Melisa.
    • Children: Alivia, Weston, Camille and Sawyer.
    • Grant is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, TN.
  • Lindsey Gaines Wingo – married to Ryan.
    • Children: Ivey, Ruthie, and Charlie.
    • Ryan is the Worship Pastor of Apex Baptist Church in Apex, NC.
  •  Allison Gaines Hill – married to Gentry.
    • Children: Hadley and Dempsey.
    • Gentry is Senior Pastor of FBC Poteau, OK.
  •  Bethany Gaines Golding – married to David.
    • Bethany is a 1st grade teacher at a Memphis school.
    • 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

EDUCATION

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

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

Pastor, First Baptist Church, Gardendale, Alabama, 1991-2005.
Baptisms:
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

CHRISTIAN SERVICE

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
Pres. of Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference 2015

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

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

PUBLICATIONS

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