|David O. Dykes||Pastor|
|Jennifer Dickson||Pastor's Assistant|
|The Pastoral suite is located on the second floor of the Worship Center|
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 penname 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.
Just because you haven't seen an angel, doesn't mean they don't exist. You may have encountered one of God's ministering spirits—and not even realize it! What do angels look like and why are they here? Are demons real? What is spiritual warfare? 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 test of our character most often comes at a time when we can least afford to fail.
Are you going through a crisis right now? If you aren't, don't worry—the next one is just around the corner. Do you want to know why everything seems to be crumbling around you? Life is often full of unending trials, undeserved pain, and unanswered questions. However, it's possible to find comfort and peace where you least expect it—right in the middle of your pain. The story of Job shows us how. Most people think the ancient story of Job is about losing it all and gaining it back again. But that's just part of the story. There is much more to learn from his life, including the best (and worst) ways to help hurting friends and how to hear God's voice in the midst of a storm. 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. If you're going through hardship (or trying to help someone who is), this book will encourage and empower you to discover a supernatural peace despite life's pain.
If you're facing one of life's many disappointments, this book is for you. Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way we planned. The Bible has a lot to say about how to survive and even thrive during periods of loneliness, stress, worry, and frustration. We may have little or no control over many of our circumstances, but we can decide how we react when things don't go our way. As God helps us with our attitude and our approach to our problems, He can move us from desperation to celebration.
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. Having Only Positive Expectations enables you to face whatever challenges come your way. The Bible teaches there is HOPE when you are afraid. HOPE when your heart is breaking. HOPE for your family. And HOPE for your future.
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. This collection of beloved parables of Jesus explains the central teachings of Christianity in a simple way that everyone can understand. If you need to be inspired or encouraged, He has a story just for you.
Dozens of popular sayings are floating around that sincere people—even Christians—think are from the Bible and they're not. No matter how long you've been a Christian or how long you have been going to church, you've likely heard many of these wise sayings ascribed to the Bible. But what if the Bible doesn't say that? What if, in fact, the Bible teaches the opposite? Many with a shaky foundation of biblical knowledge confuse something that "sounds like it came from the Bible" with actual biblical truth. "Cleanliness is next to godliness"—is that really in the Bible? "Spare the rod, spoil the child"—does the Bible actually say that? 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.
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, so you can easily use this book for individual study or in a small group setting to discuss each chapter. You will learn the key terms and symbols of Revelation to increase your understanding of world events and to reveal more of Jesus Christ to you.
Could America ever disappear? Twenty-one great empires reigned in the past and not one exists today. The Egyptian empire? Gone, leaving only a struggling country trying to survive. The great Persian Empire? Destroyed, except for an isolated nation called Iran. The Greek Empire? The Great Roman Empire? The mighty Soviet Union? All gone. Will historians soon add America to that list? We are at a serious crossroads in our nation 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.
A mysterious prophecy from the Dead Sea Scrolls launches a task force to prevent a deadly bioterrorism attack on America. Global economist Regan Hart and private investigator Ty Kensington meet under unusual circumstances, but fate quickly leads them on a frantic chase from Georgia to Paris to find a dangerous Al-Qaeda cell. Solly, an archeologist and high-ranking Israeli intelligence agent joins in the hunt. This unlikely trio searches for clues to stop the terrorists. But will they find them in time?