About Steve Gaines

  • Born: December 31, 1957 in Corinth, MS. to Edgar and Dorothy Gaines.
  • Married: 6/14/80 to Donna Dodds Gaines – Women’s Ministry, Speaker, Author, Founder of ARISE2Read.
  • Children: Grant Gaines, Pastor, Calvary B.C., Jackson, TN. Married to Melisa. Four children.
    Lindsey Gaines Wingo, stay-at-home mom. Married to Ryan Wingo, Minister of Worship, Prince Avenue B.C., Athens, GA. Three children.
    Allison Gaines Hill, stay-at-home mom. Married to Gentry Hill, Pastor, FBC, Poteau, OK. Three children.
    Bethany Gaines Golding, stay-at-home mom. Married to David Golding, mechanical engineer, Memphis, TN. One child.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), SWBTS Fort Worth, TX, 1991.
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.), SWBTS, Fort Worth, TX, 1984.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Union University, Jackson, TN, 1979.
  • Dyersburg High School, Dyersburg, Tennessee, 1975

Church Experience

  • Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN (2005-present).
  • Pastor, First Baptist Church, Gardendale, AL (1991-2005).
  • Pastor, West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, TN (1988-1991).
  • Pastor, Lake Shore Baptist Church., Lake Dallas, TX (1983-1988).
  • Youth Minister, Lake Shore Baptist Church, Lake Dallas, TX (1981-1983).
  • Youth Minister, FBC, Milan, TN (1978-1980).

Denominational Service

  • President, SBC, 2016-2018;
  • Chairman, SBC Resolutions Committee, 2015;
  • President, Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference 2015;
  • President, SBC Pastors Conference, 2005;
  • Preached SBC Convention Sermon, 2004;
  • SBC Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee, 1999-2000;
  • President, Pastors’ Conf., Alabama Baptist State Convention, 1999;
  • Trustee, Union University, Jackson, TN, 2014-Present;
  • SBC Committee on Nominations, 1991, 1999;
  • Books: Morning Manna, Pray Like It Matters, Share Jesus Like It Matters.