Dr. Steve Gaines has been the Senior Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 2005. Since 1983 he has pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a Master of Divinity. He received his Bachelor of Science from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
He has been involved in service to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) as a member of the Committee on Nominations (1991 and 1999), a Trustee of LifeWay Christian Resources (1998–2000), and a member of the Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee (1999–2000.) He preached the Convention sermon (2004), served as President of the SBC Pastors’ Conference (2005), and was Chairman of the SBC Resolutions Committee (2015).
Steve is married to Donna, and they have four children: Grant (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from Southern Seminary), Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee; Lindsey, homemaker and wife of Ryan Wingo, Worship Pastor at Apex Baptist Church in Apex, North Carolina; Allison, homemaker and wife of Gentry Hill (Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary), Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Poteau, Oklahoma; and Bethany, a first grade teacher at a Memphis school and married to David Golding with Golding Mechanical Services of Memphis, Tennessee. Steve and Donna have nine grandchildren.
Steve and Donna are both authors, and Steve recently published two books, Pray Like it Matters and Share Jesus Like it Matters.