But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
David Leavell was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Landrum and JoAnn Leavell. He grew up in a minister’s home all his life spending 11 years in Wichita Falls and the remainder of his growing up years in New Orleans, Louisiana. David’s father was a longtime pastor and then served as President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 1974, David came to know Christ personally through the witness of his mother. In 1981, David sensed God’s call into the ministry. He followed that call by attending Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi while on a basketball scholarship. In 1986, he graduated college and began his seminary studies in New Orleans. He received his B.S.B.A. from Mississippi College, a M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) in 1989 as well as his Ph.D. degree in 1992.
His pastorates include churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee. From 2009-2019, he served as Senior Pastor at Millington First Baptist Church in Millington, Tennessee. From 2019 to the present, David has served churches as an interim pastor as well as serving on a church staff and as an itinerate speaker in churches across the southeast. In October of 2021, David began as Senior Pastor at Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
David also served as Trustee and Executive Board Member at NOBTS and as a Trustee at Carolina University in Winston Salem, NC. In 2016 he served as Vice President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. He served as President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention In 2017/18.
David is married to Vicki Rene Harrell of Columbia, South Carolina. Vicki is a former Miss South Carolina. They have been married since 1990. David and Vicki have three children. John David (J.D.) works for State Farm Insurance Company, Laura Leigh and husband Nathan reside in Germantown and own their own media company (NLA Projects) and Justin Walker is a student at The University of Memphis. All three children reside in Memphis, TN.
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