Pastor Steve Durkac
We are a simple church ministry, so please don’t assume that my role is to raise funds, recruit people to volunteer to serve, or to put butts in our pews. (We don’t even have pews – we use round tables, nor do we require volunteers to function, and we’re certainly not about building a budget.)
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 30 years of my adult life in protestant church ministry, having been affiliated with Seventh-day Adventist churches (please read Former Adventist Minister) and Southern Baptist churches.
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 to starting CrossHope Chapel as a simple church ministry, I served for eight years as a hospital chaplain with Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama.
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. Please visit www.durkac.com to learn more.
I regularly write articles at my pastoral blog at www.stevedurkac.org in the categories of Bible Answers, Once Adventist, Pastoral Notes, Prophecy Outlook, and Simpler Church.