I am the pastor of CrossHope Chapel, a hospital chaplain, wedding officiant of 5000+ beach ceremonies, a certified Therapeutic Laughter Facilitator, author of several books, a former SDA minister, and frequent blogger.

Since giving my life to the Lord Jesus Christ, (you can read about my miracle conversion at my personal testimony page) I have been involved in vocational church ministry for over 30 years, serving as an itinerary revivalist, hospital chaplain, and senior pastor with churches and ministries in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama.

In 1999 after 18 years with Seventh-day Adventist denomination (please read Former Adventist Minister), I moved on to affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention.

I hold degrees in religion and pastoral ministry from Southern Adventist University, Mount Carmel Institute of Biblical Studies, and post-graduate Clinical Pastoral Education with University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia and Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.

Prior to starting to starting CrossHope Chapel as a simple church ministry, I served for eight years as a hospital chaplain with Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. In January 2020, I have rejoined the hospital as an on-call chaplain again.

I enjoy writing my Daily Promise email devotionals and have written several books including Prayer is the Answer, Ask the BibleDaily Promise One-Minute Devotionals, Sentence Sermons, and Simple Wedding Ceremony Planning Guide.

My family and I enjoy life on the Gulf Coast and includes my beautiful wife Steph, four children, and three pets Keef (a Dachshund), Jael (a German Shepherd), and Rocky (a Blue Heeler mix rescue dog).

I write and archive all my blog post articles at www.stevedurkac.org and they can be found there in the following categories: Bible AnswersMere Observations • Once AdventistPastoral NotesSimpler Church.