Last Sunday morning, our church voted to call Dr. Robert Steele as our full-time interim pastor. Pastor Robert will be here every week, serving in every way as pastor of First Baptist, Aberdeen. We hope every-one will welcome Robert and his wife, Jennifer, with open arms and support them as one of the church family. He writes:
Jennifer and I want to thank you for the warm reception and welcome we experienced last Sun-day. All of you have been so kind and gracious. We can sense a loving spirit within the body of First Baptist Church.
I have enjoyed getting to know the staff a little better this week and am really looking forward to working with each one of them.
Also, I want to express my deep gratitude to the Interim Pastor Search Committee. Tim McCluskey, Mary Ott, and Floyd Fritz have been a blessing to work with over these last couple of months. They, along with their spouses, are already becoming dear friends.
I am praying for you and for the Lord to prepare this faith family for the next chapter in your church’s story. Jennifer and I love and appreciate you!
— Pastor Robert
Robert is married to the former Jennifer Joy Hester.
She is currently a second grade teacher in the Lexington City School.
Jennifer served as a leader in the Women’s Ministry at their church, taught various
Bible Studies, and is a speaker for special events. Robert and Jennifer have four children and 7 grandchildren.
Calling and Background
A native of Henrietta, Texas, Robert graduated from Midwestern State University with a
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1986. During his college career he was
recognized as a student leader by serving as Student Body President his senior year and
President of his Junior and sophomore classes. He served as the school’s mascot for two years
and he was very active in the Baptist Student Union. While a student at Midwestern, Robert
worked with the youth at First Baptist Church in Dean, Texas. Later, he and his wife served as
Outreach Group Leaders of the Young Married Department at First Baptist Church in Wichita
Falls, Texas under the leadership of Dr. Morris Chapman. It was during this time he was called
to preach the Gospel.
Robert entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1986. In
his first semester, he was called to Lamar Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas as Associate
Pastor/Single Adult Minister. His ministry included starting an Outreach Bible Study in North
Arlington, as well as being very instrumental in establishing and organizing associational-wide
events for single adults. Robert was invited by the Baptist Sunday School Board to speak to
singles at conferences in Switzerland and Glorieta Baptist Conference Center. He made Dean’s
List for academic excellence while at Southwestern and graduated with a Master of Divinity in
In September 1989, Robert became Pastor of Newbridge Baptist Church in Asheville, North
Carolina where he served until January 1992. He also taught student pastors as a substitute
professor of New Testament at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in Hendersonville, North
Afterwards, Robert became the Senior Pastor in January 1992 of the 2090-member Fifth
Avenue Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. Under his leadership, the church merged with
another church and completed a $3-million relocation. While in Florida, he served as Vice2
President of the Florida Baptists Pastors’ Conference and Director of Evangelism for the
Suncoast Baptist Association.
In November 1995, Robert became Senior Pastor to West Metro Baptist Church, which met in a
High School in Dallas, Georgia. Soon thereafter, he received the Doctor of Theology degree from
Andersonville Baptist Seminary in January 1996. During his pastorate, he led the church to
merge with a mission church of First Baptist Church of Woodstock in March 1997. In addition,
he served on the Cooperation Team of the Noonday Baptist Association.
Robert became Pastor of the New Salem Baptist Church in historic Kennesaw, Georgia in
December 1997. The 140-year-old fellowship is located near Kennesaw Mountain in the heart
of West Cobb County, just outside of Atlanta. While serving at New Salem Baptist the church
underwent major renovations in the children’s and youth area and built Administrative Offices.
The fellowship experienced a significant increase in attendance and budget giving, as well as
almost doubling their missions giving. They co-sponsored two mission starts near Atlanta and
became very involved in local, North American and International missions. The church became
debt free and began making plans for relocation with a search for a new church site.
Beginning in July 2001, while serving as Executive Pastor of Green Street Baptist Church in High
Point, North Carolina, Robert had the responsibility of staff oversight and development, the
Missions Ministry, and First Impressions Ministry of the church. He worked closely with the
Senior Pastor in developing and implementing the church’s vision and strategies.
He has served on both the national, state, and local level of the Southern Baptist Convention. He
served nationally on the SBC Credentials Committee two years and was the Chairman one of
those years. He served for two years on the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s
Committee on Conventions, and on the Leadership Teams for both Piedmont Baptist
Association and formerly the Central Triad Baptist Association.
Robert has a heart for missions as he serves on the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd
Ministries located in Guatemala, and also with Missionary Encouragers, Inc. through 2015. On
different occasions, in addition to preaching revivals/crusades in the states and
internationally, he has participated or led the churches he served to sponsor mission trips to
such places as Dominican Republic, Brazil, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Thailand, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa
Rica, Argentina, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia and throughout North America.