Dr. Dave Reese
Dave Reese was saved in 1963 and been preaching ever since. He Pastored Sister Springs Baptist in Sister Springs Alabama, Community Baptist in Wildwood GA, Bible Baptist in Cleveland TN ( started those 2 churches) and then Bible Baptist in Selma AL. From Selma pastored Victory Baptist in Millbrook AL.
Dr. Reese taught on faculty at Tennessee Temple University 1973-1977; and started 13 Christian Schools while teaching at TTU. He completed his Master’s Degree from TTU and received doctorates from Trinity Baptist Seminary.
In fall of 1977 he returned to pastor Victory Baptist in Millbrook, AL., and remained there until 1993 when he resigned and began Ends of the Earth Mission.(EOTEM). From 1993 to the present EOTEM has placed 35 missionaries in China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Mexico, Ireland, and the Middle East. Sue and Dave continue a personal ministry in Mainland China (a training missionary school) in NE China and 2 Bible schools (four year residence schools on Panay and Mindanao islands Philippines). Locals are trained to go out and start KJB churches in remote areas of the Philippines. As of 2017 over 210 churches have been started by the Grace of God.
Brother Dave has served as an Associate Pastor (missions) of Grace Baptist Church for several years while maintaining the mission work in China and the Philippines. EOTEM has been a work operating out of Grace Baptist Church for many years.
“GBC is a great church and with capable leaders in Pastors Whiting Delk and Jonathan Wheatley. We will continue our EOTEM work without let up and look forward to continuing serving GBC”.
Donald B. Harris
The Pastor Emeritus of Grace Baptist Church is Brother Don Harris; having now served as Pastor for 38 years. Donald Birch Harris was born on March 26, 1944 in McMinn County, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Navy and saw two tours of duty in the Vietnam War era. After serving his country, Don enrolled at the University of Chattanooga (now UTC) and completed his RN training at Erlanger Medical School, along with his wife Vickie.
Don entered the Gospel Ministry and attended Tennessee Temple Schools in Chattanooga, TN. Grace Baptist Church called Brother Don to be their Pastor in 1978. Don completed his studies in Theology at Open Bible College and was formally ordained in 1985.
In parallel to serving as the Pastor, Don worked for the State of Tennessee as a Registered Nurse in the Public Health system for thirty years. Upon his retirement, the Bradley County Justice Center named their Clinic after him. Donald and Vickie have five children and four Grandchildren, and live in Riceville, Tennessee.
Whiting S. Delk
The Assistant Pastor of Grace Baptist Church is Whiting Delk. Whiting Samuel Delk was born in Clearwater, Florida, on August 2, 1945. He served in the United States Navy in the Submarine service
and made eight nuclear deterrent patrols aboard the USS Will Rogers, SSBN 659 as a member of the Blue Crew from 1968 through 1972. Whiting married his wife, Elaine Faircloth, in 1971.
After discharge from the US Navy, Whiting earned a Master’s in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida in 1978. While a student at the University, he served as the music director of Southside Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida. Whiting and Elaine and their family moved to Tennessee where Whiting worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority from September 1978 till September, 2007 as an engineer and as a manager.
During the same time period, Whiting was selected as a deacon at Grace Baptist Church on March 6, 1983 and on March 24, 1993 he was ordained to the gospel ministry by Grace Baptist Church where he has been the Assistant Pastor to Pastor Donald B. Harris. Since retirement from TVA, Whiting has worked as a contractor for TVA, while continuing serving at Grace Baptist Church. Whiting and Elaine have four children and two granddaughters and reside in Athens, TN.