David surrendered his life to Jesus Christ in his fourth grade Sunday School class at Trinity Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. David's father was career Air Force, so he has lived in numerous states. He was born in west Tennessee, but has called Orange Park home since 1994. He attended Texas Wesleyan University for two years where he played on the basketball team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Educational Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David has served on pastoral staff at First since 1994 and as Lead Pastor since 2005. He is married to Tracy and they have two adult children. Be sure to check out his blog at davidtarkington.com.