“Know who you are. Defend what you believe.”Stephen Cutchins
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 with an emphasis in Christian Apologetics, which he teaches at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in North Carolina. Dr. Cutchins also serves as Advisory Board Chairman and Principal Consultant with the Pastor Pairing Division of Dwight Whitworth & Company, based in Tennessee.
“I think very highly of Stephen as a scholar, a person, and in church ministry. He is extremely talented and a devoted Christian.”DR. Norman Geisler
AUTHOR, PROFESSOR, AND MENTOR
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.
“Stephen Cutchins explains simply what we need to know.”DR. THOMAS L. CONSTABLE, SENIOR PROFESSOR EMERITUS
DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
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 posting relatable content to help curious and growing people answer hard questions about life, leadership, and learning. Stephen and Wendy are certified facilitators of the Prepare/Enrich marriage assessment tool. Dr. Cutchins also has additional training and certification in biblical counseling from the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
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. He was very active as a freelance trumpet player/instructor in the Charlotte, NC area during that time. 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. Dr. Cutchins now serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern Evangelical Seminary. While attending Seminary in the evenings, Stephen served at Grace Life Church of Pineville, where he was both licensed and ordained to the ministry. During his nine-year tenure at Grace Life Church, he held the positions of Worship Pastor, Elder, Youth Pastor, and Pastoral Director of the Grace Life Academy.
“We are proud to have Dr. Cutchins as an SES alumnus.”DR. RICHARD LAND, PRESIDENT EMERITUS
SOUTHERN EVANGELICAL SEMINARY
In 2012, Dr. Cutchins moved to the Asheville, NC area to serve as the Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC. At FBC Hendersonville, he oversaw a team of over 100 volunteers and staff to lead three weekly worship services (traditional, contemporary, and blended) for a congregation of around 1500. While there, he also began teaching both on-campus and online classes for Fruitland Baptist Bible College and continued doctoral studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching New Testament and Homiletic classes, Dr. Cutchins taught the first Christian Apologetics courses at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in 2014. Since then, he has continued as a member of the Fruitland Baptist Bible College online teaching faculty.
“Prove It is a foundational text for the apologetics courses at Fruitland.”DR. DAVID B. HORTON, PRESIDENT
FRUITLAND BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE
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 and supervised a team of worship leaders and technology teams to lead seven weekly worship services on multiple campuses and venues. 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. In addition, Stephen 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.
“When the first edition of Prove It was published in 2015, we gave away a few thousand copies as our gift to everyone on Easter Sunday. Our people loved it.”DR. J. KIE BOWMAN, SENIOR PASTOR
HYDE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH | AUSTIN, TX
President | Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
Stephen first joined the team at First Baptist Church of North Augusta as Pastor of Discipleship. In 2017, his volunteer teams achieved the highest Sunday School attendance (1073) in over five years. 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. Since then, he has provided pastoral leadership for this congregation of over 3000 members and a staff of over 90 full-time/part-time team members.
During his first three years as Senior Pastor, over 300 people became members or were baptized at FBCNA. Stephen also oversaw the highest year of revenue (4.2 million) in over 100 years of church history and led two campaigns to reduce debt from $5 million to less than $800,000. As a result, under his leadership, FBCNA secured enough financial commitments from its membership to be debt-free for the first time since the 1980s by 2022.
In 2020, Stephen guided his church through a sixth-month COVID-19 closing of campus (March-August of 2020). During this time, he led his team to launch a new Digital Campus, which included four unique Online Worship Gathering broadcasts each week. In the Fall of 2020, FBCNA experienced a 72% return rate for on-campus attendance. The national average was 36% at the time. That momentum allowed the ministry to accelerate, and annual contributions exceeded expenses. By the end of 2020, the church had a surplus of revenue over expenses and experienced a 62% increase in online giving over the previous year. In addition, over $475,000.00 in additional contributions were received and applied to debt reduction in 2020, which exceeded 2019 contributions by more than $30,000.00. In the first quarter of 2021, the Digital Campus of FBCNA hit a record-breaking number, having reached over 100,000 people.
As of 2021, Stephen has preached verse-by-verse and passage-by-passage through 14 books of the Bible (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, James, Jude, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Proverbs, Nehemiah, The Gospel of John, 1 Peter, and 2 Peter) as the Senior Pastor at FBCNA. In the Fall of 2021, he began a year long preaching series in the book of Acts.
“Stephen is one of the most gifted, creative, and versatile young men I have ever been acquainted with. He is a people-person, a great family man, and a leader with a servant heart.”Dr. Ken Hemphill, Former President
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary