Dr. Dave Hardy will be our guest speaker on Sunday, September 5, 2021. He will be speaking at all services on Sunday that includes a Brown Bag lunch with the evening service moved to 1:30 PM.
Dave was saved at age fourteen in a small Independent Baptist church in Arlington, Texas, under the preaching of Pastor Bud Arrant. After high school, he served aboard the submarine USS Sennet (SS408) for four years. During this time, he married Grace Wilkinson, and their son, Wayne, was born. They were active in Hanahan Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina, under Pastor Hobson Wolfe. Dave held services on the Sennet while at sea, and God used that time and experience to call him into full-time ministry.
After being discharged, the Hardys returned to Arlington for a year where Dave attended Arlington Baptist College. They moved to Springfield, Missouri, in 1967, where he attended and graduated from Baptist Bible College. After working on the staff at Seminole Baptist Temple for three years under Pastor Raymon Tracy, he accepted the call to become pastor of Eastland Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Consistent growth from 55 to 600 in attendance reflects a lively, thriving ministry.
It was Dave’s desire to build a church that was pleasing to God: one that recognized God’s primary attribute of holiness and worshipped Him in spirit and truth; one that was conservative in theology and practice; and one that was sanctified. Eastland has been marked as a church that is friendly and accepting and which carries solid Biblical truths into the community and world.
While at Eastland, Dave was able to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Doctor of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as adjunct professor at Baptist Bible College in Springfield and also as trustee for two three-year terms. Additional opportunities have included nine years as a Mission Field Representative and two terms as First Vice President to the Baptist Bible Fellowship International. Beginning in 1998, Dave served as professor of homiletics and/or practical theology at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, and served as interim Executive Vice-President of the college for one year.
Dave and Grace were married in 1962 and have one son, Wayne, who pastors Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and one Japanese daughter, Ai Burgett, who lived with them for thirteen years before marrying Matt Burgett. Wayne and his wife, Lisa, have been blessed with three children.