About Me

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Dr. Stephen Cutchins is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church North Augusta and serves on the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Christian Apologetics, which he teaches at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in North Carolina.

Stephen is completing the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program at Dallas Baptist University with a dual concentration in Higher Education and Ministry. He is the author of “Prove It – Defend the Christian Faith,” co-author of “Green Hearts – God’s Goodness in the Worst of Times,” and a contributing author for the 2016 Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook. Stephen’s first book, Prove It, is now available as an online course. Dr. Cutchins is a Christian leader who helps curious and growing people answer hard questions about life, leadership, and learning so they can know who they are and defend what they believe. “Know who you are. Defend what you believe.”

Stephen currently lives in the home of the Masters Golf Tournament, Augusta, GA, with his wife, Wendy, and his two daughters, Madelyn and Sarah. His hobbies include running, golfing, and traveling. He has completed three marathons as well as numerous half marathons. His passions are spending time with his family, teaching the Word of God, making disciples, and talking to people about God’s amazing grace. In 2020, Stephen and his wife Wendy launched a collaborative blog committed to regularly posting relatable content.

BACKGROUND

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Stephen was born in Atlanta, GA. After graduating from high school, he earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Before becoming a Pastor, he was a Band Director for the Fort Mill School District in South Carolina and served as a part-time church music director. During that time, he was very active as a freelance trumpet player/instructor in the Charlotte, NC area. He also served as the adjunct trumpet professor at Wingate University in Wingate, NC.

In 2008, Dr. Cutchins completed a Master of Arts in Religion degree at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC, where he went on to complete his Doctorate of Ministry degree in 2012. While attending Seminary in the evenings, Dr. Cutchins served at Stough Memorial Baptist Church, where he was both licensed and ordained to the ministry. During his nine-year tenure at Stough, he held the positions of Worship Pastor, Elder, Youth Pastor, and Pastoral Director of the Grace Life Academy.

In 2012, Dr. Cutchins moved to the Asheville, NC area to serve as the Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC. While there, he began teaching both on-campus and online classes for Fruitland Baptist Bible College. In addition to teaching New Testament and Homiletic classes, Dr. Cutchins taught the first Christian Apologetics courses at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in the Fall of 2014.

In 2015, Stephen joined the Executive Team at Hyde Park Baptist Church of Austin, TX. During his time there, he planned and led worship for a weekly televised worship service as well as supervising a team of worship leaders and technology teams to lead worship services on multiple campuses. Dr. Cutchins also taught and preached on Sunday mornings and during mid-week services. His book on apologetics, Prove It, was published during his time in Austin, TX, and he also planned and led a two-day regional Apologetics Conference with over 500 participants in collaboration with Southern Evangelical Seminary. While in Austin, Stephen was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Dallas Baptist University.

Stephen first joined the team at First Baptist Church of North Augusta as Pastor of Discipleship. Not long after he arrived at FBCNA, the Senior Pastor position became vacant. After serving as the Interim Pastor for three months, Stephen was named Senior Pastor of FBCNA in October of 2017.

Recent Posts

Are You a Fraud Like Me?

WRITTEN BY: Wendy Cutchins

Do you ever wonder if you are living up to who everyone else thinks you should be? Do you ever wonder if you are living up to who YOU think you should be? You’re not alone! The truth is, everyone battles with self-confidence, but genuine self-confidence is found in who you are in Christ. 

In a recent sermon, I heard this thought. “No one but God can tell you who you should be.” This statement hit home with me. Despite the things God has orchestrated in me, and through me, I often battle with something called imposter syndrome. I’m a fraud…or at least I believe I am. 

Imposter syndrome is a prevalent issue that many of the most successful people deal with. It is the persistent inability to believe that your success is deserved and legitimately achieved as a result of your God-given talents and skills. Common “symptoms” include negative self-thoughts, dwelling on past mistakes, feeling inadequate, or feelings of not being good enough. Research shows that as much as 70% of people experience it at some point in their lives.

Let me give you an example of how this normally plays out for me. I have twenty years of teaching experience. I am certified in multiple areas and have earned national board certification. My peers have named me Teacher of the Year twice in my career, and I have held several leadership positions that involve mentoring others. You would think that I walk into work every day feeling like an expert. That couldn’t be further from the truth! I question every aspect of my success and whether it is legitimate.Whether it’s imposter syndrome or some other wall that Satan has built to keep you from achieving what God has planned for you, God is greater! Trust that what you have accomplished using the gifts and talents that God has given are legitimate and should be celebrated. Here are a few things to remember…

1. Learn to see yourself as God sees you.

In Psalm 139:13-14, it states that God “knit you together in your mother’s womb” and that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” God does not make mistakes. He has made you exactly as you should be to accomplish his purpose for you. 

2. Genuine self-confidence is found in who we are in Christ.

Because you were created with a purpose, God began a good work in you from the beginning that he will finish in His timing. Paul told the Philippians in Philippians 1:6 that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Paul had no doubt that God would continue the work he started in them. God has the same plan for you.

3. Do your best and trust that the Lord will use it.

You do not have to be the smartest, strongest, most productive, or most efficient person. You don’t have to stress about your weaknesses or compare yourself to others. You just have to trust that God is in control and has a plan for your life. Jeremiah 17:7 says, “blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” You can have confidence knowing He is there with you, walking with you step by step through it all. Don’t worry about being who you or others think you should be. Be who God wants you to be.

Be the best YOU!

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