A man of prayer and a preacher of Gods Word, Dr. Steve Gaines pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama since 1983, before coming to Bellevue Baptist Church in 2005 as Senior Pastor. He holds a bachelors degree from Union University and a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on many denominational boards and committees, most notably the Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee. He was president of the Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in 2005 and has been keynote speaker at many denominational events. He is the author of three books, Morning Manna, When God Comes to Church, and Pray Like It Matters. Steve and his wife, Donna, have four children and nine grandchildren..