Pastor Steve is a native of Montgomery and attended Robert E. Lee High
School. He met his wife Ginger while working at K-mart (now Publix on
the Atlanta Highway). His career began as an interior designer with
Harbin’s Office Supply and Furniture in downtown Montgomery. He then
owned several businesses and worked as a locksmith for some years.
In the early 2000’s The Lord began to call him into public ministry so,
at the urging of Pastor Elam and the Board of Elders, Pastor Steve
attended Lay Ministry Training Institute (LMTI). This was a two-year
course conducted one weekend a month. After completion, Pastor Steve
received his Certificate as a Licensed Deacon in the LCMS. Some years
later District President Shultz encouraged him to look into a new online
class offered by the Seminaries that would lead to ordination. So, in
2009 having been called by St. Paul, he entered the SMP program at
Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Together he and his mentor (Pastor Elam)
attended seminary until his graduation in 2012.
Pastor Steve is passionate about anything having to do with outreach and
BBQ and has developed a BBQ ministry with the aid of a grant from the
Southern District. Together, he and Ginger have started a BBQ sauce
business which is bottled in Mississippi. Portions of the proceeds go to
help feed the homeless and fund other mission-related opportunities. He
also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Pike Road Fire
Department and was named Fire Fighter of the year for 2017.
Pastor Steve’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in
the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”