Pastor Steve Bates

Pastor Bates began his ministry at Bible Baptist Church on August 7, 2005. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: Charity, Megan, and Rachel.


Pastor’s Salvation Testimony...

Pastor Bates was saved as a young person. He states, "I placed my own personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1979. I remember a teacher of mine, Mrs. Ann MacLegan, opening her Bible on her desk while my other classmates were resting. She so clearly explained to me, what I had been taught so many times by my parents, Sunday School teachers, and others, how that Jesus Christ had died for my sins, was buried, and arose from the grave according to the Scriptures. I remember understanding when she told me that if I were to believe on Jesus Christ alone that I could know that heaven is my future home and that Jesus Christ is my own Saviour. Oh, what good news that was to this little boy, then with the simple faith of a child, I bowed my head and acknowledged to the Lord Jesus Christ that I understood that I could not save myself, and that I agreed with the Scriptures about my sin. In that classroom in Riverview, Fla., I told the Lord Jesus that I would trust only in His work upon the cross for me and I asked Jesus Christ to save me. I never will forget that wonderful memory. It is one of my earliest memories as a child, and what a grand thing to remember." Soon after, he was scripturally baptized by immersion by his father, Dr. J. Michael Bates, then the Pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Riverview, Florida.


Life Growing Up...

Pastor Bates grew up in Tampa, FL, in a independent Baptist pastor’s home, and attended all his grade school and high school years at a Christian school. He grew and matured in his Christian life. During these formidable years of his life the Lord continued to work in his heart. In his later teen years and then throughout his college years the Lord burdened his heart through preaching for preaching and even later for pastoring one of the Lord's assemblies. Upon his graduation from high school in 1993, he enrolled in Bible college that same Fall and graduated in 1997.


Mrs. Bates’ Life & Testimony...

Mrs. Bates was raised in South Bend, Indiana. She also was saved at an early age and then scripturally immersed at a Community Baptist Church there in South Bend. Stephanie and Pastor met while they were both attending Bible college, where she graduated in 1996. They were married on July 19, 1997 in South Bend, Indiana.


Further Ministry Training...

After serving as a youth pastor, teacher, and coach for five years out of Bible college, Pastor bates was convinced that the Lord was changing his heart to pastor.  In 2003, Pastor Bates followed the Lord’s leading for further training by moving his family to Connecticut to sit under the teaching and training of faithful men at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newington, CT.  The church had a seminary and Pastor spent three years in that ministry, graduating with a Master of Biblical Studies.  Pastor says this of his time, "I am so very thankful that there were faithful men who took serious the responsibility that local churches have to commit to faithful men those things that other faithful men have taught them."


The Lord’s Leading...

After several visits and meetings, the Lord led us by a unanimous vote of the assembly to call Steve Bates to be our pastor in July of 2005. He accepted that call a week later and began his ministry here at BBC in August of 2005.