David surrendered his life to Christ as a child when living in Montgomery, Alabama. A son of a career Air Force Major, David lived in various areas of the US while growing up. He is a native of Tennessee, but has called Orange Park (Jacksonville) home since 1994.
He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working toward his doctorate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David has served on pastoral staff at First since 1994 and as Lead Pastor since 2005. He is married to Tracy and they have two adult children, an aging poodle and a chihuahua. Read Pastor David’s blog at davidtarkington.com.