Pastor David B. Carpenter is a native of Mobile. He is married to the love of his life, the former Angela Morgan of Wetumpka. They have two adult sons in Mobile and a married daughter who lives in the Pacific Northwest. The Carpenters have been happily married for more than 34 years.
As a fifteen-year-old teenager, David received Jesus Christ as his Savior at his family's home church. After a short period of time away from God, he felt the call to ministry and surrendered to be a preacher.
After graduating from the prestigious University Military School in Mobile, He began his ministry studies at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Later, he transferred to a Baptist college and completed his degree studies there in 1993. All the while, he served in various ministries as a Sunday school superintendent, youth pastor, and pastor. He also worked with inner-city youth and personally witnessed to thousands of people about their need for Jesus Christ. He was videotaped while winning a homeless man to Christ as seen in the film “The Church With A Heart.”
Following his college years, Pastor Carpenter planted a church in Mobile; he then served as an assistant pastor and was an integral part of founding a Christian school in Iowa.
In October 2001, Brother Carpenter accepted the call to pastor First Baptist Church of Cahokia, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. In nearly twelve years there, more than 10,000 people came to know the Lord as Saviour and believers were strengthened through his ministry. In 2007, Pastor Carpenter led First Baptist to establish a new work in the Belleville/O'Fallon, IL area. This ministry continues today Gateway Baptist Church of Greater St. Louis.
In early 2012, God used Pastor Carpenter to found Great Day @ Gateway, a weekly online video program that has been viewed by thousands of people since its 16-month production run. With its positive focus and timely Bible teaching, many churches have used Great Day as a part of their outreach.
Pastor Carpenter has also traveled extensively as a youth speaker and has preached in numerous revival meetings and regional Bible conferences.
In 2013, Pastor Carpenter went home to Mobile to care for his elderly parents. In August 2015, he was called to be the pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Pastor Carpenter's total ministry experience spans more than 40 years, with most of those years spent in pastoral ministry.