David Barbee was born in San Diego, CA, where his dad served in the U.S. Navy. After his father’s retirement from the military, David moved with his family to Sand Springs, OK, near Tulsa. While there, David graduated high school in 1982, and later met Jimmi Welch. The two were married on March 30, 1985. David was saved and baptized on February 17, 1991, at Southeast Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK, and his wife, Jimmi, was saved two years later. Soon after his salvation, David had a strong desire to serve the Lord full-time in the ministry. As he and Jimmi grew spiritually and waited on the Lord’s leadership, they served their local church any way they could. Then, in May of 1998, God called David into the full-time ministry as Associate Pastor of Southwest Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK. After several years of ministry experience, David was led by God to enroll at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK, in 2002, where he graduated with honors in 2006. After serving a two year internship at Calvary Baptist Church in Edmond, OK, God stirred David’s heart to step out and pastor. The Lord led David and his family to Houston, in the beautiful Ozarks of south central Missouri. They fell in love with Houston as soon as they first rolled into town. On April 13, 2008, the church extended a call to David to serve as their Pastor, and he gratefully accepted. David and Jimmi have three adult children, Ashley, David James and his wife Jacquline, and Hannah.