I was born in Black Mountain, NC and have lived across the state. As my father was transferred with his work I grew up around Salisbury and Greensboro, before returning to Black Mountain for the 8th grade through High School. In my freshman year of college at Montreat Junior College, I sensed God’s call to full-time Christian service. Following graduation from Montreat, I completed my undergraduate education at Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois. I earned a BA in Biblical Studies. After working for a couple of years as a Cottage Parent at the Juvenile Evaluation Center, I enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where I earned the Master of Divinity in 1987, Dr. Randall Lolley’s last class. In 2000, I earned my Doctor of Ministry from the Theological School of Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey.
Since seminary, I have served churches across NC, from the coast to the mountains and the piedmont. I was called as Associate Pastor at Corinth Baptist Church in Elizabeth City, NC in 1987. I served there until 1990 when I was called as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, Farmville, NC. After serving there I was called by First Baptist Church, Spruce Pine, NC and served there as Senior Pastor from 1998 to 2010. I was called by Swift Creek Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC in 2011. In addition to my pastoral work, I served in Prison Ministry, Rape Crisis Counselor/Speaker, Seminary Extension teacher, numerous committees in the local Associations. My two favorite overseas mission trips were first, to Swaziland, South Africa where we helped establish two churches on our preaching mission and second, Honduras where we built the next to last house for a family recovering from hurricane Mitch.
In 1984, my first year of seminary, I married the lovely Angie Smith and we have one son, David, Jr., who is completing post Master’s work at the Boston Conservatory in Massachutetts. In addition to reading I enjoy golf, most college sports especially basketball and football and music.