Senior 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.