Dave Evans

Pastor Dave is serving in his nineteenth year as the senior pastor at Highland. He met his wife Dena at Oklahoma Baptist University where she was majoring in Dramatic Arts. They recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.

Dave completed his Bachelors degree at OBU, and then, after pursuing a career with AT&T for nine years, the Lord rearranged Dave’s career goals. He resigned to begin preparing for full time ministry through Seminary studies and service in the local church. Dave and Dena moved, along with their children, to begin study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. While serving a church in Louisville, Dave completed a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical studies with an emphasis in missions and evangelism.

Pastor Dave has served churches in Colorado, Kentucky, Iowa and Oklahoma and participated in approximately thirty-five short-term mission trips both internationally, and around the U.S. over the past 40 years, starting in youth group at age 14. Dave has served as Board member of the Metro South Hope Clinic (Crisis Pregnancy Center), the Oklahoma Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the Union Baptist Association and President of UBA Pastor’s Conference. He is also serving as UBA Strengthening Churches Team Co-Captain and the UBA Missions Coordinator in conjunction with the Oklahoma-Utah partnership working with the churches of the Golden Spike Baptist Association in Utah.

Dena enjoys leading the Highland drama team ministry (“Set Apart”), serving the Welcome Center ministry and Pre-school ministry. She also REALLY enjoys her six grandchildren! Dave also enjoys the grandkids along with regular trips to the mountains with family and friends, camping and winter snow skiing adventures. He’s also an avid reader, a mediocre golfer and enjoys excursions with the Highland Highriders motorcycle club. He sings baritone in the Highland Vocal Band (men’s quartet).

Dave and Dena have three children (two married),and six grandchildren, age ten and under.