Pastor Farris has more than 25 years of pastor experience in churches in Tennessee and Kentucky. His education includes completion of a Master’s of Pastoral Studies and a Doctorate of Missions degree at Covington Theological Seminary as well as studies at the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. He was licensed to the Ministry by Algood First Baptist Church, Algood, TN in 1992 and ordained by Pikeview Baptist Church, Albany, KY in 1994.
“My personal objective is to become more like Christ and to grow in His love. To do my part in fulfilling the Great Commission as set forth in the New Testament.
“My passion is to reach and equip others to share the Gospel and disciple believers having seen what God will do when believers are united and work for the Glory of God. I am a strong believer and doer of Evangelistic Missions. Tim 2:2
“Mission Statement. To be conformed to the Image of Christ and a witness to the world, while doing so.
“From our first encounter with Destin First Baptist Church, over 15 years ago, we have had a love and a burden desiring for the church to be healthy and flourish. Eph 3:20-21”
Steve is married to Pamela (Pam) and they have one son, Dustin, who recently left his career in Law enforcement to become executive director of Avenger Capital.
Pam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry and a Certification in Christian Counseling. Pam is gifted in teaching and hospitality. Both Pam and Steve have been involved in recovery ministry.
Pastor Steve’s Statement of Faith
“As a young man, I made a decision for Jesus. Unfortunately, like so many others, I drifted away. When God brought me back, I came with zeal to serve Him as Lord. A couple of years later, He spoke to me through a very clear vision. ‘Preach the Gospel to the Nations, and feed My sheep.’ I know whom I have believed. I have seen the power of the Gospel. I believe the Bible is true. God to be sovereign, Jesus to be alive and returning soon, I believe in the Holy Spirit who guides, empowers, comforts, convicts lost people of their sins and seals believers until the day of redemption.”
Originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia, Jill has worked in children’s ministry since 1991. She joined our staff in 2012 as our Preschool Director. Jill and her husband have been married 42 years and have three daughters.