David Orlo Dykes grew up in South Alabama where he came to know the Lord as a child and started preaching when he was 17. He is a graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He received his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His doctoral emphasis was on evangelism and church growth. He received post-doctoral training at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
He has been preaching since 1970 and pastored churches in Alabama before coming to pastor Green Acres Baptist Church in 1991. Green Acres is recognized as one of the leading churches in America, in terms of missions and evangelism. The church has over 16,000 members and is known around the world for its emphasis on direct missions. Annually, Green Acres sends over 1,000 volunteer missionaries to various locations worldwide. Green Acres has been the #1 church among Southern Baptists in the amount given to the Cooperative Program for the last 18 years.
Dr. Dykes has personally led mission teams to over thirty foreign countries. His passion is training leaders around the world using a healthy church series he has written. The Healthy Church Series includes “What Healthy Churches Do;” “What Healthy Pastors Do;” and “How Healthy Churches Live.”
David has published articles in Moody Monthly, Church Administration and Guideposts. He is the author of fourteen books including: Handling Life’s Disappointments, Do Angels Really Exist?, The Spiritual Powerbook, Ten Requirements for America’s Survival, Daniel: Creating Character out of Chaos, Angels Really Do Exist, Finding Peace in Your Pain, No, That’s Not in the Bible, Revelation: God’s Final Word, What Healthy Churches Do, What Healthy Pastors Do, Jesus: Storyteller, Hope When You Need it Most, and Following Jesus in the Holy Land: A Forty Day Devotional.
In 2013 he published his first Christian novel, The Cloudstrike Prophecy, under the pen-name David Orlo.
David and Cindy have two married daughters and four grandchildren. Their eldest daughter, Jenni, is a dermatologist and her husband, Jason, is an emergency room physician. They live in Tyler with their children, Lizzie, Caroline and Grant. The Dykes’ younger daughter, Laura Grace, is married to Dr. Jim Liner and they have a daughter, Ada Rose. They live in Tacoma, WA where Jim is a professor at the University of Washington in Tacoma.
Dr. Dykes has served as a trustee for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, East Texas Baptist University, The University of Mobile, Baptist Child and Family Services, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. David enjoys leading educational tours to Israel and has visited the Holy Land over 25 times.
The Pastoral suite is located on the second floor of the Worship Center
Books by David Dykes
The CloudStrike Prophecy
A mysterious prophecy from the Dead Sea Scrolls launches a task force to prevent a deadly bioterrorism attack on America. An unlikely trio frantically searches for clues to stop the terrorists. But will they find them in time?
Following Jesus in the Holy Land
A 40-Day Devotional that will transport your heart and mind to a certain location in the Holy Land, along with scriptures and questions to inspire you to apply God’s truth.
Lord, Heal Our Land
What happened to America’s spiritual heritage? The good news is that we are only a prayer away from experiencing spiritual renewal in our country. Are we willing to ask Him to break our pride and apathy so that America can become a great and God-fearing nation again?
Ten Requirements for America’s Survival
Could America ever disappear? Twenty-one great empires reigned in the past and not one exists today. Ten Requirements for America’s Survival takes a fresh, commonsense approach to the Ten Commandments as our nation’s roadmap back to God—one citizen and one family at a time.
Revelation: God’s Final Word
God’s Final Word is a guide to unraveling the truth of the mysterious last book in the Bible, chapter by chapter. Each of the 22 chapters corresponds with the chapters in Revelation for easy individual or small group study.
No, That’s Not in the Bible
Many popular sayings are floating around that sincere people—even Christians—think are from the Bible and they’re not. Discover the truth for yourself in this fascinating, easy-to-read study that reveals the truth and error behind some of the most popular sayings of the day.
The world’s greatest stories from the world’s greatest Storyteller. When you hear the truth of Jesus in story form, you won’t soon forget it. Jesus has a story just for you.
HOPE When You Need it Most
HOPE is the world’s most valuable commodity today. You can’t buy it. You can’t earn it. It is a gift from God Himself. When we trust Him completely, we have H.O.P.E. for our lives.
Handling Life’s Disappointments
The Bible has a lot to say about how to survive and even thrive during periods of loneliness, stress, worry, and frustration. God can move us from desperation to celebration.
Finding Peace in Your Pain
Life lessons from the story of Job teach timeless truths about understanding God’s purpose in pain and how to hold on to our hope and faith when we suffer.
Daniel: Creating Character Out of Chaos
The test of our character most often comes at a time when we can least afford to fail.
Angels Really Do Exist
Uncover the truth surrounding what the Bible teaches about angels through fascinating stories of real angel encounters. Once you start looking at the world through eyes of faith, you’ll see convincing evidence of angels all around you!
The Healthy Church series was born from 30 years of leading churches of all sizes and discovering that through the study of Scripture, there are universal principles that apply to all churches everywhere. The focus of these studies are on church health not growth. This non-denominational, transcultural curriculum is being used around the world to train churches, pastors, leaders and disciples on how to develop a healthy church. In fact, it’s not our church at all. It’s His. Only Jesus can grow His church.