David Whitener

David was born in Dalton, GA. He graduated high school from Northwest Whitfield High. David received Associate of Arts degrees in both Business Administration and Science from Dalton Junior College. He then attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelors of Textile Engineering and a Certificate of Computer Engineering. David worked for Shaw Industries for fifteen years managing operations in several locations in Georgia and in Northern Ireland. Shaw moved David to Blue Ridge in the fall of 1999. In the summer of 2001, Shaw wanted David to move back to Dalton, but he felt that God had a work for him to do in Fannin County. David surrendered to the call to the gospel ministry and left Shaw. In September 2001, the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge called David as the Minister of Children and Youth. David enrolled at Luther Rice Seminary and graduated with a Master of Arts in Ministry and a Master of Divinity. In August 2005 after feeling that God was calling him to a different ministry, David resigned from First Baptist. In January 2006, Hemptown Baptist called David as the pastor.