Our Pastor

Pastor Steve Small Jr. is a man who has faced many trials on the road preaching the Word of God. Realizing the calling on his life helped keep him focused on the ultimate goal, even when it meant standing alone.

He attended Miles College where he received a BA in Religious Education and a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Counseling and Human Services. His education hasn’t stopped as he embraces every opportunity to better prepare himself.

Under Pastor Small’s leadership, True Life Missionary Baptist Church has continued steady growth. The Lord continues to send families who eagerly witness for Christ, while supporting the mission of the church.


  • Honorable Doctorate Degree in Humanities for Community Service, Birmingham Eastonian Baptist Bible College
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education, Miles College
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Human Services, UAB
  • Trustee of the Birmingham Eastonian Baptist Bible College
  • Member Birmingham Baptist Association
  • First black church to join the Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham
  • Board Member, Project Impact
  • Pratt City Site Coordinator, April 8th Tornado Recovery
  • Executive Board Member, Unmet Needs Committee
  • Organized the True Life Baptist Church in 1982 with 50 members
  • Organized Nursing Home Ministry and Adopted the Forestdale &Fairview Nursing Homes
  • Organized the True Life Scholarship Fund
  • Organized the Community Outreach Ministry
  • Organized the Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops at the church
  • Initial purchase of 3 acres of land for church site and additional 2½ acres for Community Development Center
  • Served on the Jefferson County Commission