Pastor Steve Durkac
My name is Steve Durkac, and it is my honor to serve as the pastor-teacher of CrossHope Chapel, where my role is to lead in the facilitation of our verse-by-verse chapter-by-chapter Bible teachings and in providing pastoral care for those in our fellowship.
Prior to starting CrossHope Chapel as a simpler expression of church fellowship, I served as a hospital chaplain with Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. My philosophy and practice of ministry is based on Acts 6:4 and Ephesians 4:11, which means that I am most passionate about praying for our people and ministering the Word of God to them as a “pastor and teacher.”
Since giving my life to the Lord Jesus Christ, (you can read about my miracle conversion at my personal testimony page) I have been involved in vocational church ministry for over 30 years of my adult life.
In 1999 after 18 years with Seventh-day Adventist denomination (read more at the Former Adventist Minister page), I moved on to affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention.
In addition to serving as a hospital chaplain, I have served the church as an itinerary revivalist, senior pastor, and church planter in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama.
I hold degrees in religion and pastoral ministry from Southern Adventist University, Mount Carmel Institute of Biblical Studies, and post-graduate Clinical Pastoral Education with University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia and Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.
My family and I enjoy life on the Gulf Coast and includes my beautiful wife Steph, four children, and three pets Keef (a Dachshund), Jael (a German Shepherd), and Rocky (a Blue Heeler mix rescue dog).
Beach Wedding Officiating
I do not take a salary from CrossHope Chapel but rely on my beach wedding officiating ministry. I have officiated 5000 weddings along the beaches of Alabama, Mississippi, and NW Florida since 2003 and have been featured on ABC Good Morning America, Fox News, and Christian Television Network.
Books and Blog
I enjoy writing my Daily Promise email devotionals and have written several books including Prayer is the Answer, Ask the Bible, Daily Promise One-Minute Devotionals, Sentence Sermons, and Simple Wedding Ceremony Planning Guide. I write and archive all my blog post articles at www.stevedurkac.org and they can be found there in the following categories: Bible Answers • Mere Observations • Once Adventist • Pastoral Notes • Simpler Church.