I was 14 when Jesus showed me that I was lost and there was nothing I could do about it on my own. My life was forever changed when I said yes to His amazing Grace. I am thankful for the work Jesus did in my mom’s life that caused her to make Him a priority for our family. As I made myself available to the Lord, He revealed to me His calling on my life to serve HIS church as a pastor. 1 Peter 5.2 says, “shepherd the flock of God that is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly.” I have a heart for the church and consider it a privilege to shepherd God’s flock. The Lord called my family to Summerville in the fall of 2005. My wife Donna and I were married in 1992, and the Lord has blessed us with 4 children: Caleb (93), Jordan (95), Josiah (00) & Libby Grace (06). Summerville is much more than a ministerial position for me, this is our family and we have been blessed to serve the Lord here. As a pastor, I want to be used by God each day to accomplish all that He has for me. It is a privilege for me to help others understand the depth of Jesus’ Words in John 15.5, “he who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit.” Being a pastor has been an amazing journey that I would not trade for anything.
I have been the student/discipleship pastor at Summerville Baptist since August of 2017 and have served as a student pastor for 15+ years. My wife, Stephanie, and I were married August 4th, 2007. We are blessed with 3 children— Bryce, Bentley, and Avery. My wife is also actively involved in the ministry of the church. God called me to preach the gospel at the age of 17. Since then, my desire has been to biblically teach and disciple students so that they have a firm foundation when they go to college or the workforce. My philosophy is simple: “How you win them is how you keep them.” If the church wins people with the gospel and biblical love, then they will keep them in the same manner. I have a deep passion for equipping the students in their walk with Christ based on the Scripture passage Ephesians 4:12-16. I also get the opportunity to work with small groups at Summerville. We believe that discipleship is key to the spiritual growth of the church. I love working alongside our teachers and leaders in these small groups to further equip the body of Christ.
Biographical summary, Steve Pace, Summerville, Phenix City, 2021
Colossians 3:16 invites us, “Let pthe word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, qsinging psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, rwith thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Steve came to Summerville Baptist Church in the summer of 2005. He is a Baptist by choice, a minister of the Gospel by the call of Christ and a Christian by the grace of God. “As a minister, I have committed my life to serving Christ by encouraging and equipping the church in His service. As minister of music, my mission is to lead others to glorify the Lord to the best of their ability in their daily lives and weekly worship.” Summerville invites believers to engage in spiritual and music discipleship for all ages, to develop our gifts and offerings unto the Lord. In music discipleship, we seek to learn and worship together with a variety of music ensembles, choirs, vocal teams and praise bands. In doing that, we seek to honor the Lord, empower the church to serve and present a positive witness to those who may hear, receive and respond. The song of David in Psalm 149:1 proclaims, “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing His praises in the assembly of the faithful.”
A native of Atlanta, Steve earned a Bachelor of Music from Mercer University and a Master of Music from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
He began his ministry in Macon and Decatur, Georgia, served a decade in McDonough, then Jesup and Hamilton before coming moving to Phenix City, Alabama. Steve met Kristyn in the choir room and they later married in the sanctuary. Jonathan and Allison are now both students at Auburn University where Allison plays in the band. Steve and Kristyn are both active in community service and arts education in our schools. "I remain profoundly grateful for a church family that supports and actively serves the mission of the church in our greater community. To truly make a difference for Christ, we must be engaged beyond our walls. My philosophy of ministry has always been to actively participate in building community however the Lord provides. Everybody benefits when only God gets the glory." Steve serves delivering Senior Adult Meals and Backpack Buddies in our schools, is an active member and a former President of Phenix City Rotary, serves on a public board, is the founding director and Chairman Emeritus of the Voices of the Valley Children's Chorus at the Schwob School of Music. He is a member of, and has toured with several Baptist men’s choirs including The Centurymen, The Sons of Jubal, and the Alabama Singing Men.
My family and I have been a part of the Summerville family for 24 years. I have had the amazing blessing of serving at Summerville since 2012. WOW, what a blessing. It is my prayer that God would continue to use me for the work of His Kingdom however He so desires. Ephesians 2.10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”