Pastor Dave is serving in his nineteenth year as the senior pastor at Highland. He met his wife Dena at Oklahoma Baptist University where she was majoring in Dramatic Arts. They recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. Dave completed his Bachelors degree at OBU, and then, after pursuing a career with AT&T for nine years in Denver, was called to full time pastoral ministry. Dave and Dena moved, along with their children, to begin study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. While serving a church in Louisville, Dave completed a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical studies. He has led or participated in approximately 40 missions trips, traveling to multiple continents sharing the message of the Gospel and helping train pastors and missionaries.