Seth Nathan Polk
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. My wife is Emilee and we have been married since 1992. Our son is in graduate school, one of our daughters is a senior in college, and our other daughter is a sophomore in college. We are also blessed with a daughter in Moldova in Eastern Europe, who came into our lives as an adolescent. She is married and has a family.
Lead Pastor, Cross Lanes Baptist Church, Cross Lanes, 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.
Assistant Professor, 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
Doctor of Ministry, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry
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.