About Steve

Welcome! I am honored that you are visiting my website and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.

I serve as Discipleship Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood Tennessee, one of America’s fastest growing congregations. This is my personal blog. It is focused on the Spiritual Transformation/Formation of Christ-followers, the JourneyOn Discipleship Strategy and church leadership. My objective is to “Equip and Encourage People on Their Journey toward Christlikeness.” I hope you find the content here insightful and relevant.

Included in the blog are links to the JourneyOn Discipleship, JourneyOn Leadership, Equipped Church and Brentwood Baptist Church web sites which contains the foundational JourneyOn philosophy and strategy; the Sunday Drive, a weekly communication I write to the discipleship leaders at Brentwood Baptist Church; my thoughts on Spiritual Transformation/Formation in Blog form, stories from others about their journey toward Christlikeness and some shop talk for other ministers, specifically Discipleship Ministers.

Admittedly, I am a fairly new blogger and this is my first site. I plan to post the weekly Sunday Drive and hope to write new blog posts regularly. I realize that is ambitious and maybe impossible at times, but we will see how it goes and adjust as necessary. To make sure you don’t miss the latest posts please subscribe via RSS or email.

Bio

I am a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and hold two degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Administration.

Prior to entering the ministry I was a training manager for a Burger King franchise in Birmingham, AL. My “Ah Ha!” moment in my call to ministry came at Fultondale First Baptist Church where I taught tenth grade boys in Sunday School. The Minister of Music and Youth at the church resigned and he asked me if I would consider leading the Student Ministry until they called someone to fill the position. I enjoyed being with the students and thought it would be fun to hang out with some cool kinds and teach them about being on journey with God. Many of these students remain in contact today and I deeply value their friendship. Not long into the interim, my wife asked me, “When are you going to stop running from the Lord so that we can do what God has called US to do?” Wow, I guess I had never considered that God had called her to ministry as He was calling me. Her statement reached deep into my soul and caused me to rethink God’s call on my life. We discussed the challenges and opportunities and took our first steps.

Starting out as the interim Student Minister, I grew into my leadership roles eventually accepting the full time position of Minister of Education and Youth. At that point in my life I did not have any real “ministry” experience or formal education, but I had a strong call on my life; and that was enough to do what God was calling me to do to serve Him. I have served five congregations, worked at LifeWay Church Resources as a Regional Consultant, and taught at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Jefferson State Community College in over thirty years of professional ministry.

Prior to coming to Brentwood Baptist, I was strategically working on a new discipleship philosophy that eventually was branded “JourneyOn”. The JourneyOn Discipleship Strategy has grown and now includes a home emphasis branded “JourneyOn @ Home” and network partner churches utilizing the strategy.

My wife Melinda and I both had our lives changed drastically when each of lost our first spouses to cancer. My first wife Lois died of breast cancer and Melinda’s first husband, Dr. Steve Davis, died of Leukemia. Melinda and I married in March 1998 and bended our families together. We have five adult children Kristen Layton Patton, Meaghan Davis Kincade, Matthew and Michael Layton and John Davis. We live in Brentwood, TN, a bedroom community of Nashville.

I play bass guitar, am a marine aquarium hobbyist, a football and country music fan and a bad golfer.

Disclaimer This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of the leadership and membership of Brentwood Baptist Church. The information is provided on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

Special Thanks Thanks to Michael Hyatt and his Thomas Nelson published work Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World; A Step-By-Step Guide for Anyone with Something to Say or Sell for providing assistance in writing this about section