David Neal Doyle

Executive Pastor
 
I was born in Brazil, where my parents served as Southern Baptist missionaries to the Amazon region for almost 40 years. I grew up as much Brazilian as I was American. In some ways, perhaps more. Portuguese was my first language, alongside English. I grew up immersed in two different cultures.
 
My full story is one of a runaway come home. After my second year of college as a student of architectural design at Texas Tech University, I felt what I understood to be God’s call to full-time Christian service. So, in response to the call, I transferred to Ouachita Baptist University and started mapping out “my” lifetime of service to God. The plans were detailed, and all the pieces seemed to fall into place. But I had left God out of the planning process. Gradually I saw everything that “I” had so carefully planned and held dear crumble in front of me. By the time I graduated from Ouachita I was broken spiritually and rudderless, and I convinced myself that God had not really called me. Wrong. Little did I know that over the next 44 years God would perform a complete “re-do” on me. At the end of March 2017 and in response to a very gentle tap (a reminder) by God on my shoulder, I retired early from the second of two careers with the Department of Defense to answer the call that God had made to me 44 years earlier.
 
I am grateful that God placed Pam in my life at exactly the right time and place. Not only is she my wife but she is also my best friend. We have three fantastic children and the perfect son-in-law and daughter-in-law. We are blessed with four grandchildren.
 
Favorite Bible verses: Romans 8:1-4. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.