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Episode #046

Our series continues of SBC presidential candidate interviews with Steve Gaines and discuss the record-breaking enrollment at Midwestern Seminary and the new Dean of Theology at Southwestern.

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This week’s podcast is sponsored by Southeastern Seminary’s new 81-hour M.Div. The 81-hour M.Div. is specifically designed to better equip students to take the gospel to their neighbors and the nations. For more information, visit

An Interview with Steve Gaines (starts at 15:27)

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.

Bellevue Baptist Church

  • Increased from giving 1.3 percent of undesignated receipts through CP in 2011 to 2.6 percent in 2012, then increased that percentage to 3.5 in 2013 and 3.8 in 2014.
  • The church’s Great Commission Giving totaled approximately $2.5 million over the past two years and is anticipated to be $1.3 million (6% of undesignated receipts).
  • The church also reported a $150,000 gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in both 2015 and 2016.
  • Total missions giving for next year is anticipated at 18 percent of Bellevue’s undesignated receipts.

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