Steven Porter Biographical Information


Childhood hometown — Carthage, Mo.
Current residence — Atlanta, GA
Married — Jodi Porter
Children — Ruth & Samuel


2017     Doctor of Theology (candidate)
Duke University Divnity School, Durham, N.C.
Mission and Evangelism, Systematic Theology
Dissertation: “Lesslie Newbigin and the Local Church: A Missionary Theology of Place”

1998      Master of Divinity
Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Baptist Studies Program

1995      Bachelor of Arts
William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo.
Honors in History


2010                     Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
                              Muslim-Christian Relations, Interfaith Dialogue

2006-2007           School of Theology at Boston University, Boston, Mass.
                              Mission and Evangelism, World Christianity

2003                     Overseas Ministry Study Center, New Haven, Conn.
World Christianity Lectures by Andrew F. Walls

1993-1994           Regents Park College at University of Oxford, Oxford, England


2011-2014           Lecturer in Missions and Global Christianity
George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

2008-2010           Graduate Teaching Assistant and Instructor
               Duke University Divinity School, Durham, N.C.

2005-2006           Missionary-in-Residence
William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo.

2005-2006           Visiting Adjunct Instructor
William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo.

2001-2005           Executive Director
Touching Miami with Love Ministries, Inc., Miami, Fla.

1998-2001           Director of Ministries
Touching Miami with Love Ministries, Inc., Miami, Fla.

1998-2005           Affiliate Missionary — Urban Team
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Miami, Fla.

1998-2005           Pastor of Downtown Mission
Central Baptist Church, Miami, Fla., 1998-2005

1997-1998           Baptist Campus Minister
Oxford College at Emory University, Oxford, Ga.

1996-1997           Minister to Youth
Alabama Road Baptist Church, Roswell, Ga.


  • Missions Council, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Member, Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, Waco Texas, 2012 – present
  • Auxiliary Minister, Duke University Chapel, Durham, N.C., 2008-2011
  • Wealth and Poverty Task Force, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina, 2008-2010
  • Night Manager, Forest Avenue Baptist Family Shelter, Kansas City, Mo., 2006
  • Neighborhood Advisory Board, Overtown Youth Center, Miami, Fla.
  • Mayoral appointee to the Overtown Advisory Board, City of Miami, Fla, 2004-2005
  • Chaplain, Zionnaires Choir, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Fla, 2002-2005
  • Neighborhood Advisory Board, Chapman Partnership for the Homeless, Miami, Fla., 1999-2005
  • Henry Luce Foundation Research Grant, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2010
  • Duke Evangelism Fellowship, Duke University Divinity School, 2007-2011
  • Doctor of Theology Fellowship, Boston University, 2006-2007
  • Mayoral Proclamation for Distinguished Public Service, City of Miami, Fla, July 27, 2005
  • Distinguished Community Service Award, Mt. Zion Women’s Circle, Miami, Fla., 2001
  • Charles Owen Smith Award (most outstanding Baptist student), Emory University, 1998
  • American Bible Society Award, William Jewell College, 1995
  • Presidential Scholarship and Oxbridge Honors Program, William Jewell College, 1991-1995



Ordained to Ministry, Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (National Baptist Convention, USA), Miami, Fla., August 7, 2005

Commissioned as Affiliate Missionary (Urban Team), Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Atlanta, Ga., June 29, 2001

Commissioned as Global Service Corps Missionary (Urban Team), Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Houston, Texas, June 26, 1998


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