Seth Nathan Polk, PhD

A native of Florida, I grew up on a citrus and cattle farm in the rural community of Bereah. I came to know Jesus Christ and was baptized in believer’s baptism at the age of seven. I later answered the call to ministry at First Baptist Church of Frostproof, Florida.

The Bible is the Word of God and is sufficient for everything pertaining to life and godliness. I am grateful for and dependent on the grace and mercy of God. Additionally, having served for more than twenty-five years as a pastor, I believe more strongly in the shepherding model of ministry than ever before (1 Peter 5:1-6).

I am passionate about proclaiming the glory of God and sharing the good news about Jesus down the street and around the world. Kingdom multiplication through disciple-making and church planting is essential to the mission of God. I have been blessed to serve on mission extensively, both in the United States and internationally, and have engaged in short-term missions in ten states and twenty nations. I served as a Trustee of the International Mission Board from 2013-2021 and as Chairman of the Trustee Board from 2019-2021.

My wife is Emilee and we have three adult children. Emilee is an Exceptional Education Department Director and High School Teacher and also teaches at the university level in teacher education. Our son is an Investment Analyst and serves on a Church Planting Team as the Executive Pastor. Our oldest daughter is a High School Teacher and our youngest daughter is a junior in college pursuing Elementary Education.


Lead Pastor, Cross Lanes Baptist Church (2003-Present)

Director, Send Network West Virginia (2020-Present)

Assistant Professor, Liberty University, School of Divinity (2011-Present)


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions in Fort Worth, Texas.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) with Biblical Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida