Our Senior Pastor

Our Senior Pastor

Stephen Rummage is the senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida, a multi-campus church with over 9,000 members in the Tampa Bay area. He is a frequent guest speaker for churches and conferences across the United States. He and his wife, Michele, live near Brandon, along with their son, Joshua.

Dr. Rummage currently serves as the chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and president of the Florida Baptist State Convention. He spent more than seven years as professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and continues to teach on a visiting basis at several institutions.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Rummage also holds the M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary and completed the Ph.D. in preaching and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His Planning Your Preaching is used widely as a textbook. He co-authored Engaging Exposition, named “Book of the Year” by Preaching Today in 2012. With Michele Rummage, he wrote Praying with Purpose: A 28-Day Journey to an Empowered Prayer Life. Moving Forward Day by Day, a yearlong devotional, features daily readings selected from his messages.

Dr. Rummage’s personal ministry vision is to teach God’s Word to transform lives.  His radio program, Moving Forward with Dr. Stephen Rummage, began in 2010. Each Moving Forward broadcast is 25 minutes and focuses on expositional Bible teaching. Dr. Rummage communicates with clarity, high energy, and humor, explaining and illustrating biblical truth in a style that has been described as profound, yet simple.

Moving Forward is formatted to help the listener connect with Dr. Rummage relationally as well as hearing his pulpit ministry. Each broadcast begins with a short informal in-studio conversation between Dr. Rummage and co-host Bill Carl, designed to set the stage for that day’s message. The heart of the program consists of Dr. Rummage speaking “live” to the congregation of Bell Shoals. Then, the program ends with a brief personal appeal from Dr. Rummage encouraging the listener to take practical steps of action and faith. Moving Forward currently airs Monday through Friday throughout Florida and nationwide on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

In 2016, Moving Forward launched an app featuring all free content. The Moving Forward app includes current and archived radio broadcasts, a weekly video devotion from Dr. Rummage, and video and audio of his messages from Bell Shoals Baptist church.  

Dr. Stephen Rummage Speaking Request

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