Steve Layton • Discipleship Minister

Steve Layton

Discipleship Minister


Dr. Steve Layton is the Discipleship Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and holds two degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary: a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Administration. He was licensed and ordained by the First Baptist Church, Fultondale, Alabama.  

Steve has served five congregations, worked at LifeWay Christian Resources, and taught at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Jefferson State Community College in his thirty years of ministry. He is the architect of the “JourneyOn” Discipleship Strategy which continues to grow and now includes a home emphasis branded “JourneyOn @ Home”.

Steve and his wife Melinda both had their lives changed significantly when each lost their first spouses to cancer. Steve’s wife Lois died of breast cancer and Melinda’s husband, Dr. Steve Davis, died of Leukemia. Married in March 1998, Melinda and Steve have five children. They are one big happy family loving God and each other.

Steve plays bass guitar, is a marine aquarium hobbyist, football fan, and enjoys gardening. His life objective is to “Equip and encourage people on their journey toward Christlikeness.” 

Articles by Steve Layton


I Admit It…I Love Vacation Bible School!

I Admit It…I Love Vacation Bible School!

The leaders, the children, the message, the music, the laughter, the hugs. These all make me smile. Throughout this one week of the year, I see so much of what is good about church…and I love what I see. Picture in your mind several hundred leaders investing in children. Adults and students working together to help preschoolers and young... continue reading


Confidence in Christ

Confidence in Christ

As I walked into the classroom to take my final college exam, I remembered a quote I had memorized earlier, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Knowing that I had been diligent to study throughout the semester, I felt confident that I was prepared. Interestingly, those who had stayed up all night cramming... continue reading


Christ-like Compassion in Daily Life

Christ-like Compassion in Daily Life

Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but... continue reading