Steve Ballew serves as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Farmington, N.M. His congregation gives 10.9 percent of undesignated receipts through Cooperative Program to Southern Baptist missions.
Crystal Stream Audio now offers all three CDs of Smith Ballew and his orchestra’s recordings on Okeh, Columbia and Crown labels – with Bunny Berigan as one of their standout performers on these discs.
Early Life and Education
Ballew began his basketball career at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and won three state titles during four-years there. Later he went on to Central Oklahoma University, earning first team All-Oklahoma Collegiate Conference honors four times running.
Soon thereafter, Bud ventured into ranching and became known as a gunfighter; one of his most notable battles being with U.S. Deputy Marshal Dow Braziel over Prohibition law enforcement.
He was an oil speculator and businessman who invested in local communities by purchasing property. Beyond this professional work, he was also active church leader; having served on the Baptist Convention of New Mexico board for 15 years prior to becoming pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Farmington New Mexico.
Ballew Hazen Law Office of Nebraska was established by Ballew as part of its high stakes family law trial and appellate practice. Ballew is both founding member and co-owner.
As well as serving on the boards of several local and regional business organizations, he is actively involved in his community by serving various committees of the Chamber of Commerce or serving in other volunteer capacities.
Ballew, who played on West Fannin basketball team from 1999-2002, earned recognition on regional all-tournament teams his junior and senior years. As an avid golfer with a deep knowledge of history and Middle Eastern studies, he was named to all tournament all-star teams both seasons he led his team. Furthermore, Ballew strongly promotes Cradle to Cradle principles such as product sustainability, material health management, water/soil stewardship as well as social fairness principles.
Achievement and Honors
While at Columbia, Ballew participated in a variety of organizations on campus such as NSOP, GSAA, Columbia Reflect and various mentorship programs. His commitment to community service can also be seen through serving as Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 1755 as well as membership in various local community organizations.
He serves on the Baptist Convention of New Mexico State Mission Board and pastors Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Farmington, N.M. The church contributes financially to Southern Baptist missions through the Cooperative Program of the SBC.
Ballew was honored to receive an American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry Scholarship, honoring undergraduates who excel in analytical chemistry courses and have plans for further career pursuits in this area. She worked to incorporate Cradle to Cradle principles into Shaw’s product development and manufacturing processes – such as material health assessment, product circularity evaluations, clean air/climate protection measures, water/soil stewardship as well as social fairness measures – including assessments on material health status, product circularity assessment processes.
He was one of the founding members of BSA Troop 1755 and remains active in local organizations. He enjoys sales and customer service and never met an unfamiliar face! Today he serves as president of Ballew Saw and Tool, established by his parents in 1968. Alongside his wife they have three children and eight grandchildren!
At listening sessions with local associations and staff members across New Mexico Baptists have to identify what New Mexico Baptists want in an executive director. He plans on presenting his candidacy at the 2020 Baptist Convention of New Mexico Annual Meeting held Oct 20 in Albuquerque. With his wife he is father to Jason Dufrene, Heather Landry and Jeremy Ballew as well as Grandpa for Abby, Rachel, Jason Ballew as well Megan Long – they all attended New Mexico State University before marrying.
He has amassed an estimated net worth of approximately $120 Million.
Pastor Dan is currently the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Farmington, New Mexico and an avid supporter of Southern Baptist missions, regularly contributing to the Cooperative Program (10.9 percent of undesignated receipts at his church are given back).
He is married to Wendy Ballew, his former Director of Operations. Together they share two children. In 2005 he served a 31-month prison sentence for his involvement with stock manipulation firm Stratton Oakmont made famous in The Wolf of Wall Street movie as well as for involvement in an illicit stock “pump and dump” scheme which the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him with breaking.