About the Course
Scripture teaches, without question, that we as saints are the Church. Our focus should be on ‘being’ the church and not just on ‘doing’ Churchie things. The emphasis here is that being a part of the Body of Christ we need to ‘identify’ ourselves with a local body of believers to encourage, to build up, and to teach in preparation for bringing others to Christ as we live in the world. Identification with a local body is not a suggestion, it is a command. Obedience to Christ compels us to physical participation with a local body.
Dr. Steve Pope
Pastor Steve Pope is the Senior Pastor of Centerpoint Church in Simi Valley, California. In 2021 Pastor Steve celebrated his 29th year at Centerpoint Church and his 34th year in full-time ministry. Pastor Steve grew up and attended school in Salinas, California. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 16 and committed his life to full time ministry shortly thereafter. Pastor Steve earned a B.A. in religion and minor in discipleship from California Baptist University. He holds both the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Steve married his college sweetheart Joyce after they both earned degrees at California Baptist University. This year they celebrate 38 years of marriage and ministry partnership. Together they have three adult daughters, each of whom has graduated from California Baptist University. Pastor Steve’s is unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His passion is to see Jesus’ church “well shepherded" and to mentor young leaders to lead the next generation of local church ministry.