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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 25 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 35 years. They are the proud parents of three grown children, Melody, Courtney, and Travis, and daughter-in-law, Christina. They are also the sometimes proud owners of a cat named Max and a yorkie named Mini. 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 sampleStephanie Parent Stephanie comes to Grove Park Chapel as the Childrenís Director. She has been working with both children and teens for many years. She has a passion for teaching others about the Bible, life of Jesus, and the mighty power of God. Stephanie believes that the whole Bible should be taught from Genesis though Revelation, and it is her goal to see lives changed by the Gospel of Christ. Stephanie was raised in New Hampshire where she also attended school at the University of New Hampshire. While there, she accepted Christ into her life and discerned her call into vocational ministry. She is currently attending graduate school at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In her free time she enjoys exploring new places, trying new foods, and having dance parties in the kitchen while she cooks and bakes.
staff sampleCourtney Brooks is our church secretary. 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 26 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 the past 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.