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Dr. David Rose

David is the husband of Rachel, the father of Cassia, Hallie, and Gabe, and the pastor of FBC since September 2006. David enjoys family time, jogging, Cherry Coke Zero, and afternoon naps.

Ordained by First Baptist Church, Winnsboro, Texas, January 7, 2001
Licensed by Trinity Baptist Church, Natchitoches, LA, November 14, 1993

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Call to Ministry

In March 1979 I asked Christ for his salvation, and in July 1983, he called me to a deeper commitment. Christianity was more than being good and going to church. My life with Christ was to impact others. God called me to the ministry while I was at summer camp on July 14, 1988. I did not know at that point exactly what He wanted me to do. I knew that He wanted me to minister, and I believed that He could use me as a doctor, which would fulfill both my life-long professional pursuit as well as my newly-answered calling. Despite an exceptional undergraduate grade-point average and an above-average entrance-exam score, every medical school to which I applied rejected me, one in fact stating I spoke of God too much during my interview. That door's closing brought me straightforward into my seminary experience and full-time ministry. The ensuing years have been an amazing adventure of faith.

More than anything, God is teaching me again and again that He must be present in all that I do, and He must be the One doing the work. He and He alone is able to change the character of the people I am called to teach and to lead. Whatever role He gives, I know He has equipped me to teach and disciple those to whom He has called me. I pray to glorify Him by making disciples who will make disciples.


PhD, School of Educational Ministries Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
Master of Divinity, Biblical Languages SWBTS, Fort Worth, TX
Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts with Scientific Inquiry Concentration, Louisiana Scholars' College, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA,
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Church-related Experience

Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winnsboro, TX
2012—2013, 2019—present
Moderator, Harmony-Pittsburg Baptist Association
Adjunct Instructor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Minister of Education & Senior Adults, First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant, TX
Minister of Youth and Education, First Baptist Church, Winnsboro, TX
2000—2005; Chair 2004—05
Board Member, Lakeview Baptist Assembly, Lone Star, TX
Associational Missions Coordinator, 2013-16; VBS Coordinator, 2001-2013; Education Minister, 2001-2003; Youth Minister, 1997-2001
Seminary Extension Teacher, Harmony-Pittsburg Baptist Association, Fall 2010, Spring 2011; Rehoboth Baptist Association, Fall 2000
Minister to Students, Trinity Baptist Church, Natchitoches, LA
July—August 1992
International Mission Board summer missionary, Barcelona, Spain
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Experiences and Involvement

Secular Experience

  • Resident Assistant, Boozman Hall, Northwestern State University, 1992-1994
  • Student Worker, Admissions office, Northwestern State University, 1990-1992
  • Seasonal Maintenance Employee, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, Pittsburg, TX, 1988-1992

Published Works

  • “Transcendence and Aging: The Secular Insights of Erikson and Maslow” and “An Evangelical View of Transcendence and Senior Adult Attitudes,” Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, vol. 21, issues 1-2 (Jan-Jun 2009), 73-105; research conducted with Dr. William R. (Rick) Yount
  • Clarity Publishers, youth Sunday School curriculum, Consecration series, 2008
  • “Senior Adults and Teens” article in Leading Student Ministry, Spring 2006 (Vol. 3, No. 3) published by LifeWay

Community Involvement

  • Sportscaster, KWNS 104.7 FM, for Winnsboro High School athletics, 2011-present
  • Winnsboro Man of the Year—2016, 2011; 2023 nominee
  • Member, Winnsboro Community Foundation, 2013-present
  • Vice-president of Development, Winnsboro ISD Education Foundation, 2022-present
  • President, Winnsboro Community Resource Center Board of Directors, 2010-2016
  • Chairman, Winnsboro ISD Facilities Sub-committee—2015-2016, 2018
  • Member, Communities in Schools Advisory Board, 2007-2015; Chairman, 2011-2015
  • Member, Winnsboro Parks & Recreation Board and Wellness Coalition, 2013-2018, 2019-2022
  • Emcee, Little Miss Autumn Pageant, 1996-1999, 2001-2022
  • Emcee, Miss Autumn Trails Pageant, 2009-2022

Get to Know David Rose

What do you believe are the non-negotiable, foundational beliefs of the Christian Church?

The Bible is the inspired word of God. God is one God in three persons. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. Sanctification is non-negotiable for disciples of Jesus. The church is the body of Christ. Every believer needs to be an active member of a biblical church. The resurrection really happened and changes how we think about the present and the future.
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What is your favorite part of your pastoral ministry?

My favorite part of pastoral ministry is interacting with individuals and groups around the word of God. Whether preaching, teaching a class, or having Bible study, I enjoy watching truth transform, convict, inspire, and challenge the people I love.
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How do you define success in ministry?

Success in ministry is remaining faithful to the Lord’s call and walking in holiness. Paul said God’s will for us is sanctification. Jesus says He has appointed us to bear fruit that will last. That requires remaining faithful to Him and His word so that the fruit of salvation and the fruit of the Spirit can develop.
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What do you do outside of work for fun?

Outside work, my most enjoyable hobby is radio broadcasting for our high school athletics program. That has allowed me to broadcast more than 500 football and basketball games over the last 12 years. I also am involved in two foundations—one for the community and one for the school system—that work to raise funds from the community to invest back in the community. I also have been a part of our parks and recreation board that has sponsored dozens of activities to promote wellness for individuals and families. On my day off, I enjoy spending time with Rachel. We sometimes spend a slow day at the house. We enjoy watching tv and doing puzzles. Other times, we go shopping or have a picnic. We sometimes visit some of our homebound together, delivering baked goods and conversation with these saints. One of my favorite pastimes is napping. I’m particularly gifted at this. I can nap for 10 minutes or two hours. It’s a skill I learned in college and have continued to hone over time. I enjoy listening to a variety of podcasts in my free time, and I wish I made more time for reading. I’m thinking that as our “nest” becomes empty, that maybe this will become a newly-added free-time activity. God has been gracious to allow me to use my gifts and skills—teaching, speaking, and training—through a variety of avenues during my leisure time.
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