COURAGE IN CRISIS
Steve Gaines serves as the Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN and is currently serving as President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has served in four churches as senior pastor over the past 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX. Steve is married to Donna Gaines. They have four children: their son, Grant, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Jackson TN, who is married to Melisa, a homemaker; daughter, Lindsey, homemaker and wife of Ryan Wingo, worship pastor at Apex Baptist Church in Apex NC; daughter, Allison, homemaker and wife of Gentry Hill, who is the Senior Pastor of FBC, Poteau OK; and daughter, Bethany, homemaker and wife of David Golding an engineer with Turner Construction Company in Memphis, TN. Steve and Donna are both authors, and Steve has published a musical worship CD and his latest books, Pray Like it Matters, Share Jesus Like it Matters, and the re-release of his devotional book, Morning Manna. Steve and Donna have 11 grandchildren.
In 1977, Gene McGuire’s life as a free man ended. He was one of three persons involved in the late-night robbery of a bar. One of the men stabbed and killed the bar owner. Gene was sentenced to life in prison without parole, on a second-degree murder charge. He was 17 years old. Nearly ten years later, after achieving influence in the prison culture of drugs, power, money, pornography and disdain for authority, Gene humbled himself and experienced a Christ-transformation.
After submitting to years of discipleship, Gene became a spiritual leader to thousands of inmates. With no hope for release himself, Gene instead developed a fruitful, fulfilling ministry within his world of incarceration. He became an elder in the prison church, developed small groups and yard Bible studies and led others who were also without freedom to true freedom in Christ.
Then, almost 35 years into his prison sentence, came an unexpected miracle. On April 3, 2012 Presiding Judge Russell D. Shurtleff addressed the crowded Wyoming County Courtroom in Pennsylvania. He ruled that Gene had been wrongfully charged, that his life sentence was reversed and that he had already served the appropriate sentence due. Gene was released a free man — no parole.
His story is riveting — from a life sentenced to imprisonment to one filled with the power of God’s love, forgiveness and freedom, bringing hope to all.
6:00pm | Dinner - Babe's Chicken | Available for $15 with registration below or at the door
7:00pm | Dinner line closes
7:15pm | Sanctuary doors open
7:30pm | Worship & teaching
9:30pm | "The Ultimate Man-Cave" after-party with food, refreshments, arcade games
10:15pm | "The Ultimate Man Cave" door prize drawings in Criswell Lobby
10:30pm | Dismiss
Registration is FREE!
Optional Babe's dinner at 6pm is available for $15 when you register below or at the door.
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