Global Missions Coordinator Profile

 

Steven Porter was named CBF’s new Global Missions Coordinator after an extensive search process at a press conference on April 30, 2014. He is a strategic and innovative former CBF field personnel and former director of Touching Miami with Love, one of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s flagship urban ministries. Porter begins work at the Fellowship’s Decatur, Ga., office on September 1.

Porter holds ordination in the National Baptist Convention (USA) and currently teaches courses on the history and theology of Christian mission, including one titled Evangelism: A Contextual Approach, at one of CBF’s partner schools, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. His academic pursuits have provided connections to other CBF partner schools as well. He earned an M.Div. at Candler School of Theology and is pursuing a Th.D. from Duke University Divinity School, where he has been involved in the Baptist House of Studies. He has also taught courses in evangelism at William Jewell College, in Liberty, Mo., and served as a teaching assistant at Duke Divinity.

Porter was commissioned as a field personnel on CBF’s Urban Team in 1998 and served in Miami until 2005. In his work with Touching Miami with Love and through his various academic pursuits, Porter has connected with many of CBF’s state and regional organizations, including CBF of Florida, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, CBF of Missouri (now CBF Heartland), CBF of Texas and CBF of North Carolina. In North Carolina, Porter served on the Wealth and Poverty Task Force; and in Texas, on the national CBF Missions Council. He currently is the chair-elect of the CBF Missions Council.

While in Miami, Porter served as a chaplain in a federal prison and a street pastor for a homeless congregation. He was pastor of Downtown Mission, Central Baptist Church, in Miami from 1998 to 2005. In his leadership at Touching Miami with Love, Porter focused the organization on its core strengths — ministry to the homeless community and families at risk in the Overtown neighborhood. Part of the decision to narrow the ministry’s focus also included a concern to identify more closely with their neighbors – to be the presence of Christ in that community. Consequently, Touching Miami with Love relocated from downtown to a new ministry center in the heart of Overtown, which opened doors for expanded advocacy and community organizing.

Internationally, Porter has developed a passion for building relationships with Christians from the Global South, having served three stints as an international student, leading an international student ministry in Miami and participating in the work of the Baptist World Alliance and the International Association of Mission Studies. In 2010, he was the recipient of a Henry Luce Foundation Research Grant for work at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Steven Porter Biographical Information

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

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

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

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

ADDITIONAL STUDY:

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
History

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP:

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.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • 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

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MINISTERIAL CREDENTIALS

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