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Steve Blanchard
Associate Pastor, Christian Compassion

358-5458, ext 133

Steve Blanchard serves as FBC's Associate Pastor for Compassion. This area of life and ministry simply focuses on using where we are in life to help meet others where they are, as they are. Steve sees this as a ministry everyone can do because we are all uniquely gifted to use what God has done in our lives to reach out to the world around us. We all have been blessed and hurt in ways that can minister to others.

He has overseen the growth of the compassion ministry of First Baptist into more than 30 different ministries that reach out to the City of Richmond, and throughout the United States and in more than 15 countries. Some of these include a shower ministry for the homeless, a mobile ministry that ministers to people on the street, community partnerships with other churches and agencies, and international partnerships with churches on five continents.

Steve loves to travel and see how God works through other people with different cultural backgrounds. He is also immersed into the growing refugee and immigrant population in the Richmond area. He is helping coordinate local efforts ministering to the various needs of these many people groups. In addition, Steve is passionate about bringing the church to the doorstep of people in need.

He loves football, basketball, and many other sports, especially when the Duke Blue Devils have a team involved. Steve and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Molly and Menley, who are on top of his list of greatest joys and passions.

Steve is a native of Siler City, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia where he received a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries. He has a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Prior to joining the staff of First Baptist in 1997, Steve was Director of Youth and Children at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Danville, Virginia (1989-1993), and the Director of Christian Education at First United Methodist Church in Siler City, NC (1986-1988). He has also served part time with congregations in Athens, Georgia; Ashland, Virginia and Ruther Glen, Virginia.

 
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