Steve Baxter completed high school in the top of his class at
Richardson High School in 1970, subsequent to being elected as the
Junior Class President, the Junior Class Favorite, Senior Class
President as well as Mr. RHS. Steve Baxter played varsity basketball
his junior and senior years and was chosen All Tournament as a senior.
He lettered in varsity baseball his junior and senior years and was
chosen as All District and District Leading Hitter as a senior. Craig
Glickman, a very good friend, has said that Steve avoids the subject,
but “As far as I can remember, Steve still maintains the Richardson
High School batting record of .517 after more than 45 years!”
Steve was involved in Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes in both his 11th and 12th grades. Steve was chosen to the Superintendent’s Council as a senior. Steve proceeded on to Hill Junior College 1970-71 on a baseball scholarship and there he was elected President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was picked All Tournament in the Texas Regional Tournament. Steve graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 with a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale. He was selected for the Dean’s List for all every semester and majored in History with minors in Philosophy and Greek. He was President of Friday Evening Tape Class. Steve went to Dallas Theological Seminary from 1974 to 1979. Steve graduated with a Masters of Theology degree, majoring in Old Testament and Hebrew.
Steve has worked in the real estate market in the DFW area ever since 1977. He owns Oakwood Property Company. Steve acquired his real estate Broker’s License in 1978. He bought his first quadplex in 1979 for $42K with another seminary associate. Here his skills were developed to know the expertise to be the general contractor and rehabilitate property. He accomplished the majority of the work by himself and started to learn the remodeling business over the following year. He sold the 4 plex a year and a half later for about $85,000. At that time he first made up his mind he loved this specialty.
By 1985, Steve was assembling partnerships and acquiring larger apartment units with postponed repairs requiring a remodel. He became known as a “turnaround specialist” since he had both the management expertise plus the construction knowledge and ability to complete a renovation on time and under budget. Steve wisely managed to survive the two real estate crashes which removed many contractors out of the real estate business: the late 80's S&L banking crash and real estate downturn, and, the 2008 subprime depression.
Steve Baxter enjoys being in partnerships with friends, simply because Steve enjoys the personal relationships he has found. He feels this is why he has so much fulfillment in Christian ministry. He really likes people and they like him!
In nearly 40 years of high school work, Steve has ministered to about 15,000 students. He has continuously asked them to think about what they wish to be said about themselves at their funerals and written on their tombstones. Steve has always told them what he would like to be spoken about himself by his students: “I really knew that Cat Daddy (Steve’s nickname) loved me and cared about me.”
Steve has been an active leader in youth ministry in the Dallas Texas area for 45 years and led Young Life Clubs at several high schools. Steve served on the staff of Fellowship Bible Church as the Youth Director and leader of the Men’s Ministry for 13 years. Steve and his wife, Mireya, go to Country Fellowship Church in Richardson Texas. His sons, Brennan and Andrew, attend Texas Tech University, and are active in the Brothers Under Christ Fraternity.
Richard Black, a dear friend, has said this about Steve : "I have known Steve as a good friend for 38 years. I was his area director on staff with Young Life when he managed the Richardson Young Life club for 13 years from 1979 to 1992. I began investing with him in 2004. He is one of the most honorable guys I have ever met. Steve has a nose for finding good real estate projects, and has the skills to make them happen and make money.” Steve is most well-known for this quotation: “I believe in the circle of life. The most important purpose I have in this life is to be the very best father I can be to my two sons, to help train, develop, support, and love on them all the time!” Enjoying his son Andrew Baxter play on the Pearce High School basketball team was an exciting phase in Steve’s life. Steve remembers Andrew’s hard work and high spirits on the court and looks forward to the coming successes that will develop as Andrew grows in in college.
Andrew Baxter was voted Pearce Junior Class Favorite, and Pearce Pacesetter Drill Team Best Escort his junior year. As a junior on the basketball team, Andrew Baxter knew he was not going to get to play much so he decided he wanted to be the best teammate on the basketball bench. He did this by encouraging the entire bench to overwhelmingly support the basketball players and be cheerleaders on their behalf. He helped all the bench to "go crazy" for the players on the court. It made a huge change in the basketball team spirit and likely helped the fact that the team reached the playoffs for the first time in many years.
Andrew’s Dad, Steve, was normally filming the game because Andrew’s brother Brennan was the senior point guard. Steve noticed how excited the bench was and how much joy they were having, so he started taping the basketball bench instead of the game. Steve created a great film that can be viewed on his website. Andrew’s number was 23. Andrew Baxter was chosen Captain of the Wranglers of Pearce High School Yell Leaders and elected Pearce High Mr. Spirit during his senior year. The Wranglers were a team of ten 12th graders who supervised the rallies and were yell leaders .
Andrew Baxter was also very involved in the Christian ministry of Young Life. While a senior he was Co-President of Pearce Young Life, an evangelistic outreach organization to teenagers in schools. Every week approximately three hundred students from Pearce High School would assemble for an eventful and lively meeting with singing, games, skits, and an excellent message of good news. Acquiring such good recollections of his own high school times certainly gives Steve vicarious satisfaction in watching Andrew succeed. Andrew Baxter was a 5-foot-9 point guard, and worked very hard during his career on Pearce’s team. This dedication and diligence taught him some of the habits required to succeed in life. Brennan Baxter, Andrew Baxter’s brother, was also a successful player. Steve cherished Brennan’s accomplishments equally well and has had many happy times enjoying both of his sons’ accomplishments both on and off the Pearce court.
For Andrew Baxter, high school basketball was simply the beginning. He was looking forward to the challenges of the university. He now attends Texas Tech with his brother Brennan. Andrew enjoys the new aspects of college courses. He enjoys getting to know class mates from other states. But most of all he loves the fulfilling Christian fellowship of being involved in “BUCS” – Brothers Under Christ - an ministry of Christians at Texas Tech who want to enlarge their Christian walk as they progress through university. Andrew Baxter always loved Young Life . The group gathered once a week, went on summer camps, and encouraged its members in their Christian walk. But BUCS was like Young Life at the next level, fellowship for college students anxious to combine their college experience with their Christian walk. Andrew has seldom seen so many enthusiastic Christians. Even though many college students view their college years as time to indulge themselves in more parties , Andrew Baxter enjoys the deeper, more lasting satisfaction of learning what it actually means to be a Christian, to belong to Christ, and to be in fellowship with other Christians.
Andrew is thankful for the accomplishments of high school, appreciative of his popularity socially and successes athletically. But he would be the first to say that those successes are nothing when compared to the privilege of knowing Christ . Andrew’s view is amazingly similar to that of his father, Steve, and ultimately to that of the Apostle Paul, who wrote, "Everything that was gain to me, I consider to be a loss because of Christ. ”
For the Apostle John said that "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." In addition, the Bible makes a challenge that goes something like this: "I call heaven and earth to record this day, that I have set before you life and death: therefore, choose life."