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About Me

I’m a native of West Virginia, growing up in the small town of Chester, WV, the most northern city in the state.  In 1980, I entered Freed-Hardeman College and graduated in 1984.  I met my wife, Kim (Pierce) at Freed-Hardeman and we have four children (Kelli, Michael, Matthew, and Anne Marie).  Upon graduation from college, we moved to Nitro, WV where I preached five years.  In 1989, we moved to Glasgow, KY and I served as the preaching minister for the South Green Street Church of Christ for 21 years.

However, in June of 2010, I began full-time work with the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN (  Here at Karns I serve as the preaching minister and a faculty member of the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies (formerly known as the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions).

I enjoy writing. I have served as one of the editors for THINK magazine, and for over a decade have written a weekly email devotional called MercEmail (pronounced Mercy-Mail).  If you’d like to receive these brief messages, you can subscribe by going to the “MercEmail” page on this website.

In addition to my work, I am a huge fan and trivia buff of the Andy Griffith Show and I am a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the WVU Mountaineers, Kentucky Wildcats, and I’m learning to like bright Orange! 🙂



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  1. Duane Tennant

    Noticed that you had moved from Glasgow. Now you can come north on I-71 to Florence, Ky to visit. Hope all is well with you/your family/Dad/Mom!! Take care and keep in touch. May God’s richest blessings be with you/ your family/your work.

  2. Tony Summar

    Thank you, Steve for introducing me to your app. site. Great site with a lot of inspirational stories. I am going to enjoy this app. for a long time. Thanks for all you do.

  3. Jerry Pence

    I noticed the speed of access to the pages on your website have really gotten slow in recent weeks. I just wondered if you knew. I enjoy your website.

  4. Steve Higginbotham

    I will do this every once in a while. It’s a server issue, and I just have to “ride it out.” Hopefully it will return to normal soon.

  5. Doka A. Obadiah

    Obadiah A Doka. Hi. Steve. Your website is educative and spiritual fit for souls.
    Remember Nigerians are calling you to preach to them. My email.

  6. AKeyMoment

    I nominated your blog for an award!

  7. David D. Sherlock

    I preach for a small congregation in Easter Kansas and came across your post card “Calm in the midst of Chaos”. Do you have a master copy that I could copy and remake for our congregation. By the way, did you attend York College? Your name is familiar but it was years ago when I attended York.
    David Sherlock,

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