PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
KNOW WHO YOU ARE. DEFEND WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
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 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 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. He 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, and his two daughters, Madelyn and Sarah. 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.
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.