Pastor Steve Durkac
My role at CrossHope Chapel 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.
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 beginning in the early 1980’s as an itinerary revivalist, hospital chaplain, and senior pastor with churches and ministries in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama.
I have invested over 30 years of my adult life in protestant church ministry, having been affiliated with Seventh-day Adventist churches (please read Former Adventist Minister) and affiliated with Southern Baptist churches since 2001.
I hold degrees in religion and pastoral ministry from Southern Adventist University, post-graduate Clinical Pastoral Education with University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia and Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.
Prior to starting CrossHope Chapel as a simpler expression of Baptist church, I served for eight years as a hospital chaplain with Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. In January 2020, I rejoined the hospital as an on-call chaplain, as well as serving as a chaplain through our Workforce Care ministry..
I enjoy writing 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.
My family and I live in west Mobile, Alabama and that includes my beautiful wife Steph, two of my four children, and our family 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 over 4000 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.