First Baptist Church of Rocky Mount has called a Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary vice president as its new senior pastor.
Dennis Darville, 56, currently Southeastern’s vice president for institutional advancement, will start at First Baptist on May 1. Darville had been the church’s interim pastor since Jan. 1, 2012.
“My prayer for First Baptist Church Rocky Mount is that God would give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of Him through His Word … That He would open our minds to see Jesus,” Darville said in a brochure distributed to church members.
Darville has worked in sales for several golf companies, including Ashworth, Ping and Greg Norman. He was vice president of sales for both Ashworth and Ping. Darville received college and master of divinity degrees from Southeastern College and Southeastern Seminary. He has also served as interim pastor of Sunset Avenue Baptist Church in Rocky Mount and Covenant Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Darville was raised in McComb, Miss. He and his wife, LeeAnne, have been married 31 years. They have a son, Jonathan, and daughter, Joanna, who is married to Joe Patrick. Darville also has a grandson who was born last year.