Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Search Committee is recommending Steve Schultz to serve as Associate Pastor of Music. Steve is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Worship at Central Baptist Church in Phenix City, Alabama. He and his wife Wanda will be with us next Wednesday night, March 17, when he will lead the choir rehearsal. We are planning a reception for Steve and Wanda, on Saturday night, March 20, at 6 PM so you can meet them and ask any question you may have. This will be a covered dish meal in the Fellowship Hall. The Deacons will meet with them at 5. Then, on Sunday morning, March 21, Steve will lead our worship service and we will be voting on extending the call to him to serve here.
Steve is approaching his 49th birthday. He has been married to Wanda for over 23 years. They have twin boys, Justin and Jason, age 20.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education (with Music) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before his call to Central Baptist nearly 7 years ago, he served several churches while in seminary on a part-time capacity. As a member of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, he served as President of the Chancel Orchestra and was a member of the Gloryland Band. It was during that time, that God called him into ministry.
Steve’s philosophy of music is to bring the church to the throne of God in worship and equip God’s people to have their own worship experience through the week. He sees the gift of music as a means to reach the lost and unchurched through music and drama. Steve says, “I believe that music is to be fresh and new, while also drawing from the history of the church in the using of ‘psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.’” Understanding that people have different tastes in music, he wants to use a wide variety of music to reach the broadest range of people possible while always keeping the message of the Gospel central. He stresses that it isn’t about a performance—that this is not entertainment—but about an encounter with God in worship.