Steve is from Winston Salem, NC, the home of Krispy Kreme Donuts and Wake Forest University. For college, he went to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he majored in Electronic Media Broadcasting. After college, he attended Campbell University Divinity School and received his Master of Divinity in Christian Education. After Divinity School, Steve spent nine years as a youth minister at churches in Lexington, Greenville, and Mount Airy, NC. For the last two years, Steve has been the Senior Pastor of The Oaks Baptist Church in Lyons, GA. While he loved being a pastor, he felt called back to his passion: youth ministry. Steve’s philosophy of ministry is simple: every person is a beloved child of God who deserves love, grace, and hope. Victor Hugo wrote it beautifully in Les Miserables, “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Steve is married to Rebekah McMahan Ayers, whose family lives in Macon. The two met at a youth camp in 2006 when Rebekah was on staff and Steve brought his youth group. They married in 2008 and recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary. In January of 2016, Steve and Rebekah adopted their twin boys, Luke and Silas. Luke’s long, straight hair fits his introverted, kindhearted, perfectionist personality, while Silas’s wild curls show off his extroverted, comedic, energetic nature.
Steve is a fierce North Carolina Tar Heel fan, and jokes that he learned the “Carolina Fight Song” before he learned “Jesus Loves Me.” He enjoys fishing, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and watching cheesy horror movies.