Dr. David Leavell

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Leavell is our transitional interim pastor. Dr. Leavell has many years of experience in ministry and Southwest Baptist Church is blessed to have him with us.
Dr. Leavell was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Landrum and JoAnn Leavell.  He grew up in a minister’s home all his life spending 11 years in Wichita Falls and the remainder of his growing up years in New Orleans, Louisiana.  David’s father was a longtime pastor and then served as President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 1974, David came to know Christ personally through the witness of his mother.  In 1981, David sensed God’s call into the ministry.  He followed that call by attending Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi while on a basketball scholarship.  In 1986, he graduated college and began his seminary studies in New Orleans.   He received his B.S.B.A. from Mississippi College, a M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) in 1989 as well as his Ph.D. degree in 1992.
David’s pastorates include churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida. David also serves as Trustee at Carolina University in Winston Salem, NC.  In 2015 he served as Vice President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.  In 2017, he served as President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

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