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 pulpit 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 (www.karnscoc.org).  Here at Karns I serve as the pulpit minister and an adjunct facility member of the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies (formerly known as the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions).  I also currently serve as one of the editors for THINK magazine.

I enjoy writing 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 sending a blank email to MercEmail. I also produce two daily podcasts.  One is entitled, “In Just 90 Seconds” and the other one is a part of The Equip Network and is called, “Equipped Today.”  Both of these podcasts can be heard through iTunes or if you will have access to both podcasts and much more if you download my iPhone/iPad/iTouch App called “iDevotions” .

My Interests (No Particular Order)

  • My Family
  • Teaching/Preaching
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers
  • WVU Mountaineeres
  • UK Basketball & UT Fans ;-)
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Golf
  • Technology

Favorite Movies

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
  • My Favorite Wife
  • Most Hitchcock Movies
  • Most Cary Grant Movies
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • National Treasure
  • Indiana Jones
  • I like older movies, from the 40’s & 50’s

Favorite Music

  • Hits from the 70’s and early 80’s.
  • Boston
  • Kansas
  • Chicago
  • Foreigner
  • Journey
  • Dan Folgelberg
  • James Taylor
  • England Dan & John Ford Coley
  • Billy Joel


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  1. 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. 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. Steve,
    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.

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