Welcome! I am honored that you are visiting my website and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.
I am Steve Layton, a Pastor | Discipleship Minister serving churches across Alabama and in Tennessee over the past 35 years. This is my personal blog. It is focused on the Spiritual Transformation/Formation of Christ-followers and church leadership. My objective is to “Equip and Encourage People on Their Journey toward Christlikeness.” Simply…to help people Love God, Make Disciples and Live Sent. I hope you find the content here insightful and relevant.
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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 restaurant and 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 kids 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 into full time Christian Service.
Starting as an 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 six 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-five years of vocational ministry.
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 blended our families together. We have five adult children…Kristen Layton Patton (Reid), Meaghan Davis Kincade (Brent), Matthew Layton, Michael Layton and John Davis (Megan). We have also been tremendously blessed with three grandchildren Ceile Ruth, Hannah Jo and Caleb Steven. We live in Hoover, Alabama.
My interests include…spending time with grandchildren, grilling for family gatherings and cheering on the Auburn Tigers. I play bass guitar, am a marine aquarium hobbyist, a sports and live music fan and a bad golfer.
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