|Ushering in a new era|
Steve Gaines and his wife, Donna, entered the auditorium to a standing ovation July 10 when Gaines was chosen as the next pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. He follows in a path of storied Bellevue pastors Adrian Rogers and R.G. Lee. Photo by Morris Abernathy
CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP)--Steve Gaines, pastor of First Baptist Church in Gardendale, Ala., for the past 14 years, will be the new pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn., as Bellevue members July 10 overwhelmingly voted to call him.
Gaines, 47, takes over for Adrian Rogers, the church's pastor of 32 years who retired earlier this year.
"We'll give you everything we have," Gaines said after the church voted to call him. "I don't know all the answers. I don't even know if I know all the questions. But I know the Lord, and I know He has done all things well. And He will do a wonderful work through all of us."
Adrian Rogers, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., for 32 years, spoke to the congregation after it called Steve Gaines as its new pastor July 10. "I am so happy. I am so thrilled," Rogers said. "I've been sitting out there weeping and laughing, praising our great God." Photo by Morris Abernathy
Bellevue's pastor search committee began its work eight months ago, shortly after Rogers announced his retirement. Chairman Chuck Taylor said the 10-member committee received more than 170 recommendations, with each being carefully considered and researched by committee members.
The committee voted unanimously on June 12 to recommend Gaines to the church as Bellevue's next pastor.
"We knew that [God] would lead us to His man, and He has done that today," Taylor told the church. Read More