Meet our Pastor, Greg Stiekes

Meet Our Pastor, Dr. Greg Stiekes
Pastor Stiekes was called to pastor Gateway Baptist church in April of 2017, following the 14-year ministry of Pastor Don Heinrich. The people of Gateway are grateful for Pastor Heinrich’s faithful preaching and teaching that the Lord used to sustain them as a church over the years. Yet God’s providence in providing a new pastor was evident. As Pastor Heinrich was preparing to resign, the Lord was burdening Pastor Stiekes to plant a church in the Travelers Rest community. Preliminary research led the Stiekes family to visit Gateway Baptist church in the late fall of 2016. So, when the church began its search for a new pastor in March of 2017, it was soon evident that Pastor Stiekes’s burden for TR and Gateway’s need for a new pastor were mutually resolving needs.
 
Growing up as the son of an independent Baptist pastor in southern Michigan, Pastor Stiekes accepted Christ at a young age, and by his junior year in high school he had committed his life to teaching and preaching the Word of God. After studying Bible and Speech at Bob Jones University, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Speech, during which time he served as an associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Starr, SC for four years. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty at Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin. While at Northland he married his wife, Rena, who also holds a BA and MA from BJU. Together they served on a ministry team helping to plant Grace Baptist Church in Iron Mountain, Michigan.
 
After only three years at Northland, the Lord opened the door for Pastor Stiekes to serve as Youth Pastor at Fourth Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, and to earn his MDiv at Central Seminary. He graduated from seminary and was formally ordained by Fourth Baptist before the Lord called him to pastor Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, NC for almost thirteen years. During those years of shepherding Bethany Bible, Pastor Stiekes earned a Master of Theology degree from Erskine Theological Seminary and later took a two-year sabbatical to earn a PhD in New Testament Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
 
Pastor Stiekes returned to Bethany with the intention of pastoring and writing, but the Lord soon called him to join the seminary faculty at Bob Jones University, where he teaches courses in New Testament, biblical exposition, and worship, as well as serving as the director of the Doctor of Ministry program.
 

Pastor Stiekes and Rena have five children, three of whom are in college: Anne Katherine, Caroline, Audrianne, Micaiah, and Emmaline.