Steve and his wife, Heather, were both missionary kids. Steve grew up in Quito, Ecuador and Heather grew up in Burkina Faso in western Africa. They have five children ranging in age from 20-7 years old. Through their service with Safe Families for Children, a program similar to short-term foster care, they have had 18 children come through their home. Steve's education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as transitional pastor training through the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Steve's passions include expository preaching/teaching, theological studies, church planting, discipleship, Biblical counseling, orphan care/adoption, writing, church history, international missions, travel, family time, drawing and soccer.
Steve was licensed to the gospel ministry in 1997 at New Life Fellowship Church in Rogers, AR. He was ordained in 2001 at First Baptist Church, Bentonville, AR. He planted and pastored Harbins Community Baptist Church in Dacula, GA for 11 years. Steve has participated in missions work both through the local church and through international missions.
Ron brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time as a Pastor, Director of Missions, and other types of involvement in denominational life.
His calling and ordination to the ministry happened in 1958 at age 19 where he soon became the pastor at Rock Creek Baptist Church in Texas. Ron received his Masters in Biblical Theology at International Bible Seminary in Orlando. His church leadership experience includes being pastor at Southern Baptist churches in Alabama, Texas, Germany, North Dakota, and Missouri. Throughout these years of pastoring, he served churches in Alabama and Germany bi-vocationally while he was committed to the US Army from 1963-1987. In addition to church experience, Ron has an extensive denominational history. He has been the President of Pastor's Conference of Calhoun Baptist Association in Alabama, and held multiple leadership positions at the Dakota Southern Baptist Convention, including serving as Vice President and President. Ron brings wisdom and practical experience to CBBA's current focus: church health and revitalization. He is a certified trainer in "Total Church Life" (Evangelism and Discipleship), "Principles of Church Growth", and has been trained in NAMB's "Church Replant" initiative.
Ron and his wife, Betty, have been married for 44 years. All of their children are Christians and serving the Lord in the church where they are members.
A little bit about Kristin: She is married to David Hatteberg, the Development and Faith Relations Manager at BCS Habitat for Humanity. They met as they were both pursuing post-grad vocational ministry at the same place and time. During their time in the Fellows Program at Grace Bible Church, they led together, dated, and were married in March of 2018. Now as a family, they commit to each other and God through cooking with friends, pursuing seminary, and deepening relationships in the community.
In 2016, Kristin completed her Bachelor's Degree at Texas A&M in International Studies. During her post-grad Fellowship at Grace, she focused on local community development through partnering with non-profits, coordinating service events, and co-leading an outreach Bible study. Some of her passions include writing, traveling, the outdoors, baking, and the Enneagram. Now, Kristin spends her days assisting with the ministry here at the CBBA and pursuing her Masters in Biblical Counseling with Dallas Theological Seminary.