I am Dale Goodwin, and I am the Pastor of the Freedom Baptist Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia – right in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
For those who are not familiar with me or my family – I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia (Norfolk), went to college in Florida at Trinity Baptist College), worked as an Associate Pastor for two years in Palatka, Florida, ministered at a Children’s Home in Virginia Beach for about one-and-a-half years, served as the Pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Middle River, MD (Baltimore area) for over fifteen years, and now I am the Pastor at the Freedom Baptist Church in Harrisonburg where I have been since January 2006. I like reading – particularly about history – and classic movies. That was the Cliffs Note version.
My wife’s name is Diana. She is a native Virginian with local roots going back to the Revolutionary War. We met in our church youth group at the Norview Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA, and we were youth group sweethearts (we would have been high school sweethearts, but we went to rival schools). We have been married for over thirty years. We have two daughters and a son-in-law who is as much of a son that we never had (whatever that means). Diana enjoys bird watching and reading.
Our oldest daughter, Katie, and her husband, Matt, currently live in the BelAir, MD area where they are serving God at a local church. They have twins (a boy and a girl) who were our first grandchildren (two for one special) and a recent newborn daughter. Our youngest, Tess, is currently enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College where she is a Sophomore, and she lives at home. Tess likes to play the guitar and sing. She has a true heart for ministry and a genuine love for people.
Overall, our family loves to spend time together. We like to eat out. We enjoy the fellowship of other Christians. We like to eat out. We faithfully watch American Idol, Burn Notice, and Psych. Did I mention that we like to eat out?
We hope you stop by the church and get to know us better! Or, friend me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gatorswamprat