Seth Nathan Polk
A native of Frostproof, Florida I grew up on a citrus and cattle farm in the rural community of Bereah. Emilee is my wife of twenty-eight years and she serves in our church and is a teacher vocationally. We are blessed with four children. Our son is a senior at the University of Alabama and he serves as the Executive Pastor with a multi-ethnic church plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. One of our daughters is a junior at West Virginia State University studying English for Secondary Education and our other daughter is a sophomore at West Virginia State University studying Elementary Education. We have an unofficially adopted adult daughter, who came into our lives by the grace of God as an adolescent. She lives in Eastern Europe, and is married and has a son, our only grandchild.
I came to know Jesus Christ as a child, and later answered the call to ministry at First Baptist Church of Frostproof, Florida. I am grateful for and dependent on the grace and mercy of God. I believe strongly in the shepherding model of ministry (1 Peter 5:1-6). I believe the Bible is the Word of God and is sufficient for everything pertaining to life and godliness. I am passionate about proclaiming the glory of God and sharing the good news about Jesus down the street and around the world. As a pastor with the heart of a missionary, 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 have been a Trustee of the International Mission Board since 2013, and currently serve as the Chair of the IMB Trustees.
Lead Pastor, Cross Lanes Baptist Church, WV; 2003-Present
Serve CLBC by leading through prayer and preaching of the Word, and equipping the people to do the work of the ministry.
Director, Send Network West Virginia, NAMB; 2020-Present
Work with the NAMB WV Church Planting Catalyst to encourage the proclamation of the Gospel and planting of healthy churches across the Mountain State.
Adjunct Faculty, Liberty University; 2011-Present
Facilitate undergraduate courses in the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, and mentor Doctor of Ministry students in the dissertation stage of the program.
Doctor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; Emphasis in Church Vitalization and Evangelism in the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions; Dissertation: “An Examination of the Relationship Between Biblical Orthodoxy and Evangelistic Orthopraxy in the Southern Baptist Convention (1947-1996).”
Doctor of Ministry, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; Emphasis in Pastor Ministry; Dissertation: “The Twenty-First Century Pastor: His Calling, Character and Competencies.”
Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina; Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida; Emphasis in Marketing Management.