David Whitley has a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo, an accomplishment that has allowed the Mountain View Baptist Church pastor to reach out to kids and minister the word of God.
Whitley came to Harker Heights from Junction eight months ago to pastor the church, which started as a mission in the 1980s.
“We are glad to be in Harker Heights,” he said. “I love the sweet spirit of the church body and there is unity here.”
Whitley was born in 1971 in Houston. His family moved to Round Rock, where he graduated high school and attended a Lutheran church.
After high school, Whitley attended Universal Technical Institute in Houston and became a mechanic.
When he was 22, Whitley was saved and became deacon of the church he and his wife attended in Cedar Park.
He studied the Bible at Andersonville Seminary in Georgia by correspondence. His first assignment was as associate pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Snyder.
Whitley strongly desires to see lives changed and families know Christ, and wants the church to work together as a spiritual family, he said. One of his goals is to see growth in the children’s ministries.
“In diversity or trouble, I rely on the strength of God and his word,” he said.
Church clerk Carolyn Lang has been with Mountain View Baptist Church since 1993. She said she appreciates Whitley’s convictions, honesty and willingness to help people.
Mountain View Baptist Church is at 2507 Cedar Knob Road, Harker Heights.