Born in 1968 and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Steve Watkins became a Navy SEAL in 1988 and served for over five years at SEAL Team Five. Following an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1993, Steve earned a B.A. in history (Summa Cum Laude) from Northern Kentucky University in 1996. At Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, Steve earned a Master of Divinity (Summa Cum Laude) in May 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of Louisville. His field of study includes religious fundamentalist cultures and the Greco-Roman classical world. Currently, Steve serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Studies and Classics at the University of Louisville.
Steve was ordained in 1999 and served as pastor of Kenton Baptist Church, in Kenton, Kentucky from (2000 to 2009). His memoir—Meeting God Behind Enemy Lines—that went on to be published and is in its seventh printing. Other publications include: a chapter, “Parachute Jump,” in Stories from a Soldier’s Heart (Multnomah Publishers, 2003); creative non-fiction story, “Fear,” published in The Dos Passos Review (Vol. 7 No. 2 Spring 2011); a non-fiction article, “The Navy SEAL Super Bolo,” published in Blade Magazine (December 2012); an article for a forthcoming issue of The Fourth R Magazine, and a scholarly essay, “Dragon Snakes and Fictitious Grapes: What Happens When Myths are Literalized,” The Fourth R: An Advocate for Religious Literacy (March-April, 2013); and “Faitheism: Religion for Scientists and Science for Creationists,” The Fourth R: An Advocate for Religious Literacy (May-June, 2015): a chapter in the book Christian Tourist Attractions: Mythmaking and Identity Formation (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).