Steve Hayes received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Grand Canyon University in 1974. He received a Masters of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1977 and a Doctor of Ministry from Gateway Seminary in 2018. Currently, Steve serves as the Senior Pastor of the First Family at First Southern Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He was ordained into the gospel ministry by North Phoenix Baptist Church in 1975. The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention commissioned him for overseas service in 1980. In 2019, Steve and his wife Marcia celebrate 45 years of marriage and 45 years of excellence in ministry together, 27 of those years in a cross-cultural context as Southern Baptist Church missionaries and 18 years in stateside local church ministry. Steve’s hobbies include reading, gardening, golfing, fishing and more golfing.