Dr. David Heath has been serving as a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1994 and as our Associate Pastor of Missions since 2013. His calling to reach the world for Christ has placed him in a unique position to lead our church in her missions outreach ministries. His personal passion is for people to have access to the Gospel through the Scriptures in a language they know best. Dr. Heath received his B.A. from Dallas Baptist University in Bible in 1988. He has received a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990, Masters of Arts in Linguistics from University of Texas at Arlington in 1993.
While serving in Nigeria as a Bible translator, he and a few colleagues initiated a Bible Translation degree program with the Theological College of Northern Nigeria to help serve the 300+ Nigerian languages still without God’s Word. In order to help train nationals in Bible Translation on the B.A. and M.A. levels, he received a PhD. in Biblical Languages from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) in 2011.
He is married to Carleen who has worked beside David in language learning, language analysis, and Bible Translation. She has taught at the Missionary Bible College in NW Nigeria as well as Hillcrest Christian School (for missionary children). They have two wonderful sons: Cole and Zach.