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.