staff sampleSenior Pastor Dale Brooks grew up in a Christian home in Guilford County, North Carolina, the second of four children, and received Christ at 8 years of age. He felt Godís call to the ministry and began to preach in area churches when he was 17. He has served in the pastorate for nearly 40 years, with 28 of those at Grove Park Chapel, where he has ministered since 1990. He came to Grove Park, having served churches in North Carolina and Indiana. He earned a Bachelor of Theology degree at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem and a Master of Theology degree at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. In addition, he has completed all the class work toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. He lives in Durham and has been happily married to Karen for 38 years. They are the proud parents of three grown children, Melody, Courtney, and Travis, and daughter-in-law, Christina. They are also now the proud grandparents of their one-year-old granddaughter, Elliot Rose Brooks. They are also the sometimes proud owners of 3 cats named Evie, Martin & Shelby and a maltipoo named Princess Leia. Daleís ministry for his Lord centers on prayer and biblical expository preaching and teaching, and he is currently leading the congregation on a journey chapter-by-chapter through the entire Bible. He is also heavily involved in all the other responsibilities of the pastoral ministry and serves on the elder board of the church. He has served as a clinic teacher/trainer with Evangelism Explosion. He loves studying and teaching the Bible, and also enjoys sports, hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and spending time with his family. He is an avid Tar Heel fan.

staff sampleAssociate Pastor Henry Hart grew up in a small town in Columbia County, Wisconsin. He has 4 siblings; 3 older brothers and a twin sister. He received Christ in 1973 while serving in the United States Navy. After he left the military, he served as a youth pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Portage, Wisconsin. From there, he felt called to receive formal training in God's word and enrolled at Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. While attending college, he served as the youth pastor at Hillsborough Christian Community Church in Tampa, Florida, where he was also ordained.. After graduating with a B.A. in Biblical literature, he enrolled in Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana where he received a Master of Divinity degree. While attending Grace Seminary, he completed the United States Naval Chaplaincy program in Newport, Rhode Island. He pastored Zion Gospel Church in Monterey, Indiana for three years. He has served in local churches in various capacities including Sunday school teacher, small group leader, deacon and elder. He spent 30 years working in medical device industry, focusing on microbiology and sterilization. He loves studying and teaching the Bible, any kind of sport, and spending time with people. He has been married to his wife, Martha, since 1994. They reside in Durham, North Carolina. They have 4 grown daughters with families of their own living in Wisconsin, Indiana and Florida.
staff sampleCourtney Brooks is our church secretary as well as our current children's ministry director interim. She was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina where she still resides. She came to receive Christ as her Savior at the very young age of 5 and was assured of her salvation & baptised at age 8. She has attended Grove Park Chapel for 28 years and has served in many ministries such as AWANA, Children's Church, Vacation Bible School, Nursery, Adult Choir, Ladies' Committee & more. She has also been a teacher in our preschool's 2 year old class for 11 years. Courtney enjoys playing with computers, crafts and painting, and working with young children & infants.
staff sample Candice Pierce is our preschool director. Candice is originally from South Africa where she lived until she was 21 years old. She came to know the Lord at the age of 13 years old and was thoroughly involved in her home church. She moved to the United States at the age of 21 and has obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her Masterís degree from East Carolina University with a concentration in Literacy. Candice has an amazing family, her husband, Morgan, and three wonderful children; Emma, Allie, and Tate. They live in the Youngsville, NC area and attend Faith Baptist Church where they are involved in youth and childrenís programs. Candice enjoys spending time with her family at the pool, watching them play soccer, and participating in gymnastics. She loves to run and enjoys boating with her family. Candice has felt called to serving the Lord and influencing the lives of children through education and teaching them about Jesus.