Steck named Distinguished Alumni at SBC Luncheon

Golden Gate Seminary Alumni and Friends Luncheon at 2008 SBC Annual Meeting
Milton F. Steck Named 2008 Distinguished Alumni

Golden Gate Seminary alumnus Milton F. Steck was presented with GGBTS’ Distinguished Alumni Award at the Seminary’s alumni luncheon in Indianapolis on June 11, held in conjunction with the 2008 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

Steck, a native of Sonoma, California, earned a master of divinity from Golden Gate in 1971. He began serving as Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville, California after receiving his degree, and continues in this position today.

“As a pastor and denominational leader, Milton has always represented Golden Gate with dignity and distinction,” said President Iorg. “The 37 years of service to the ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville has made a tremendous impact on his city as well as in the lives of those who have benefitted from his devotion to his church.” Iorg noted that Steck’s leadership at both the state and national levels of our denomination has won him the respect and confidence of Southern Baptists around the world. 

Honored to receive this award, Steck said, "As I look back at my three years at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, I am very thankful for the tools for ministry I received and the lifelong friendships that were made. Seminary continues to be much more than a degree; it is an ongoing relationship of support, equipping and friendships." 

Steck has held many denominational positions in his career. He has been a member of Golden Gate Seminary’s Alumni Committee, a committee member of the Doctoral Ministry Program and a field supervisor of the Supervised Ministry Program. He was an International Mission Board Trustee from 1994-2002, and served on the Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Nominations in 1988. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

He has served extensively on boards of the California Southern Baptist Convention. Steck served on the Executive Board from 1989-1993 and 2004 to present. He served as Chairman of the Executive Board in 1991-92 and 2006-07. He was the California Southern Baptist Convention President in 1994 and 1995. He served for six years on the Committee on Board Nominations, and as a consultant for Building for Today’s Challenge.

Steck has received many awards and honors, including Outstanding Young Men of America in 1974 and 1976; the Distinguished Service of Religion Award presented by Cal Baptist College Alumni Association in 1987; Clergy of the Year in 1990 from Kiwanis Club of Vacaville; Outstanding and Exemplary Service in 1992 from the City of Vacaville; Profile in Excellence Award in 1993 presented by Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary Alumni Association; and the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2003 presented by California Baptist University.

Steck received his BS in 1966 from California Baptist College in Riverside, with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Religion. He and his wife Linda, who live in Vacaville, California, have two children and one grandchild.

At the luncheon, Iorg also reported on the work of the seminary. He announced the growth of the Contextualized Leadership Development program, which has increased in two years to over 700 students. He explained that this program is "not for educating the elite, but is for the masses," since it is for those without a high school or college diploma, or those for whom English is a second language. Iorg noted that the nature of the Seminary's student body is changing, with more part-time and commuter students. He shared how trustees, faculty and staff were brainstorming to create "a dramatic vision of what the future of Golden Gate will be like in the year 2020."

Victor Chayasirisobhon, a student from the Southern California Campus of Golden Gate, Victor Chayasirisobhonalso shared his experiences at Golden Gate seminary.