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BIOGRAPHY CUTCHINS FAMILY

Dr. Stephen Cutchins is the Senior Pastor of  First Baptist Church North Augusta. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Christian Apologetics which he currently teaches at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in North Carolina.

In Summer of 2016, Stephen was accepted to the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program at Dallas Baptist University. Dr. Cutchins is a writer and author of the book PROVE IT-Defend the Christian Faith. He is also a contributing author for the 2016 Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s SourcebookHe 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 currently lives in Augusta, GA with his wife, Wendy, his two daughters, Madelyn and Sarah, and his mother, Jean. His hobbies include running, golf, and tennis. In early 2011, he completed his third marathon and he has since completed 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.


BACKGROUND

Stephen was born in Atlanta, GA and, after graduating from high school, he earned both a Bachelor’s and 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 and 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 for nine years. During his tenure there, he held the positions of Worship Pastor, Elder, Youth Pastor, and Pastoral Director of the Grace Life Academy.

In January of 2013, Dr. Cutchins moved to the Asheville, NC area where he served 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 classes on Christian Apologetics 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 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.

Recent Posts

I can’t hide my excitement…

I just can’t hide my excitement about all this! This past Sunday, October 22nd, I became the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of North Augusta. I am humbled to transition into this new role. For over five years, Wendy and I have been praying that God would prepare me to be a Senior Pastor, and that He would also prepare a church for me.

As I mentioned last Sunday from the pulpit, on March 18th of this year, I woke up at 3:28am. This was an unusual moment as I am a heavy sleeper and rarely wake up at night on my own. After a few moments, I curiously asked God why He had woken me up and what He wanted to tell me. I immediately heard a voice in my head that said, “I am going to give you a church.” The next day, I hesitantly talked with Wendy about it. I was skeptical of the experience actually being from God. I soon had clarity that it was His voice but had no idea it would be a church as amazing as this one!

After praying and talking with Wendy about it more, we realized that He was preparing us for what was to come. In the weeks that followed, God began revealing to us a few things we needed to remove from our lives and also a few areas that needed to be further developed. We committed to patiently wait on God to work this out in the way He saw fit. Only God could have orchestrated the events that led to this moment.

For Wendy and me the last five years have been quite a journey, including multiple steps of faith, following God’s voice. A close friend (who was coming to visit from out of town) recently asked me how to get to the Augusta area and how long it would take to get there. My response was … about 5-6 years. Start in Charlotte, NC, go through the mountains of Asheville, NC, and then stop by in Austin, TX. After that, you are almost there. Although, I didn’t come to FBCNA in 2016 to be the Senior Pastor, I clearly came to FBCNA to become the Senior Pastor.

I want to thank the people who have supported me over the years and during this process. It has been a great joy to serve at FBCNA as Pastor of Discipleship, “Interim-Interim” Pastor, Interim Pastor, and NOW I look forward to serving as Senior Pastor. I look forward to many years of doing life together with the people in this loving community of faith. Let’s turn a new page together in the life of this historic and vibrant church, A CHURCH THAT PRAYS. Wendy, Madi, Sarah, and I love you all very much and look forward to serving in this new capacity.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to HIM be glory in the church – by Christ Jesus to all generations – forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

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