The Rev. Steven Wright has been called as pastor of Signal Mountain Baptist Church. His first service will be Nov. 9. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children, Justin, 4, and Jonathan, 1. Both are natives of Georgia, he from Stone Mountain and she from Blakely.
Both are graduate of Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga., and were both actively involved in the Baptist Student Union, which he credits for strengthening his call to ministry.
He obtained a bachelor of general studies degree with concentrations in religious studies, American studies and culture and society at Georgia Southern. He obtained a master of divinity degree at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Macon, Ga., and has completed the class work for a doctor of ministry degree at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham.
Mrs. Wright completed pre-pharmacy work at Georgia Southern and completed a doctor of pharmacy degree at Samford University.
Rev. Wright while a seminary student was ordained to the gospel ministry and became pastor of Keener Baptist Church near Attalla, Ala. He was called as pastor of Black Springs Baptist Church in Milledgeville, Ga., in 2002 and since 2004 has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Montezuma, Ga.
Rev. Wright said, "The church is the body of Christ, called to represent Him in the world. We faithfully represent Him when we are committed to growing in the Christian faith and developing the gifts and abilities that He has given us. In this sense, every Christian has been called to be a minister."
He said in his preaching his goal, along with appropriate evangelistic elements, is to help the listener have both a greater understanding of the text and the ability to practically apply it to everyday life.
"The Bible is clear that Christians are the instruments which He uses to accomplish the Great Commission. Though not everyone has the gift of evangelism, each person can be faithful to being a witness of Christ wherever he or she lives and works."