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Stephen Nelson Rummage


Stephen Rummage
is the Senior Pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida. Dr. Rummage has a heart to see people come to know Christ and then grow in their walk with Him. He is a frequent guest speaker for churches and conferences across the United States and in other countries. His greatest desire is to proclaim the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Stephen and his wife, Michele, live in Brandon, along with their son, Joshua.

Dr. Rummage served as the second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2009-2010. He has served pastorates in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Virginia. He also previously served as professor of preaching and director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Dr. Rummage received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds the M.Div. with a specialization in biblical languages from Southeastern, and completed the Ph.D. in preaching and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His Planning Your Preaching is used widely as a seminary and college textbook. Additional books authored by Dr. Rummage include Praying with Purpose (co-authored with wife, Michele) and Engaging Exposition, co-authored with Daniel Akin and Bill Curtis. Dr. Rummage also contributed to The Pathway to Discipleship yearly devotion and prayer journal.

In 2010, Moving Forward with Dr. Stephen Rummage was launched. Moving Forward is the daily Bible teaching ministry of Dr. Rummage.  Radio broadcasts of Moving Forward can be heard weekdays in the Tampa, Orlando, and Charlotte listening areas, and Nationwide on Family Talk Sirius-XM 131.

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