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As a teenage boy, I accepted Jesus when I felt a vacancy in my heart that would not be satisfied in any other way. Baseball was a major part of my life and I was considering pursuing it for a career when I realized I could not resist the call to preach. I put my bat down and picked up the Bible!

I am proud of my rich heritage in ministry as the son and grandson of former pastors in the Church of God. Throughout my life I have been blessed to serve my church in many leadership capacities. Today God has richly blessed us with a beautiful campus and a wonderful church family of which I have been privileged to Pastor for twenty nine years. We give Him all the glory!

God has blessed my life tremendously with a loving wife, Debbie, two wonderful children, Brian and Rachael with husband, Hunter, and adorable grandchildren, Ella Grace and Bentley. God has also allowed me to graduate from the Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, with a Master of Arts Degree in Ministry Leadership. I am so grateful for every opportunity that God gives me in my ministry. I truly have a heart and a genuine love for people.

When I'm not in the pulpit you can find me golfing and fishing… not necessarily in that order!


I am amazed when I look back and see how God orchestrated his plan for my life. I was born in rural Alabama along with 3 other brothers to a mother and father who did not attend church. My mother and father were not converted until I was 6 years old. Then, life as we had always known, changed forever. My father became a pastor of a small church and through my mother and grandmother I learned some valuable lessons of how to love and appreciate people. I learned alot about preaching from my father, but, I learned how to pastor from my mother and grandmother.

I made a profession of faith at the age of ten and was baptized, but, it was not until age 18 that I truly committed my life to God. I felt God's direction for my life was in the ministry. I began pastoring at the age of 21 and still enjoy helping people face what life brings their way. Life is ever changing, but, God is always there to guide us.

I met my wife Mikki when my father went to pastor her home church. She has been a great partner in life and in ministry. We have been married 41 years and counting. We have a son and a daughter and six WONDERFUL grandchildren. Our son Donny and his wife Carly are parents of three of our grandchildren, Reid, Riley, and our latest Ryan. Our daughter Laura and her husband Ashley are parents of the other three grandchildren Jackson, Jacob, and Lexie Rae. I have been blessed to have a family that loves ministry, understands its uncertainties, and has always supported my decisions.

I enjoy life away from ministry also. I enjoy playing golf. Pastor Irwin and I have competed in golf tournaments as partners with frequent success. I still amaze him with my short game (or lack thereof). My father and I still get away to share some time fishing together. He has taught me to be a fisherman and to love the sport of fishing.


I have been blessed and priviledged to pastor some wonderful churches for 40 plus years. Now in this season of my life, I find great joy in working with the senior adult ministry of Harvest. The Young at Heart group has been such an inspirational and motivational ministry to my ministry and family. Lorene (my wife) and I have two wonderful children and there is not enough space here for me to tell you how great my grandchildren are. I am most thankful for the fact that my family is serving God and are Christians.

When I find a little spare time I love to hunt and fish. I also love working in my shop in the back yard, making wind chimes,and other wood crafts with my daughter Jane.

I am what I am by the grace of our great God.


David Winkles

Children's Pastor


Justin Pate

Music Minister


Monica Fletcher

Homeschool Administrator/Receptionist


Lacey Gokey

Receptionist


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